There's a bit of a master-student dynamic about this double CD split between Toshack Highway and Sianspheric. Former Swervedriver frontman Adam Franklin relives his old shoe-gazing days on Toshack Highway's five swaggering tracks, turning down the volume and focusing on the more delicate aspects of songwriting. But it's Hamilton's Sianspheric who actually come out on top here. The group's trademark whoosh remains, but Sianspheric have got the balance between white noise and actual songs down to a sweet science. There's an intensity rippling around the edges of these tracks that never really overwhelms the songs themselves.
Adam Franklin plays Soundscapes Friday (June 6) at 6 pm and an NXNE showcase at Lee's Palace at 11 pm. Sianspheric is at Lee's Palace Friday at 9 pm.