Sylvie Review from October 22nd, 2008

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Indie rock has a huge underground following, and while some bands are able to break open into the mainstream with some radio airplay, others prefer playing clubs and halls and moving around by word of mouth. “Trees and Shade Are Our Only Fences”, by Saskatchewan’s own Sylvie, has the power to do both.

The first track, “Please Make It Home”, blasts out of the speakers with a direct aggression, not a hostile aggression, which sounds like it could be their first single that was made for the airwaves. The vocals have a deeper Tragically Hip appeal, plus the addition of female vocals adds a nice soft touch to the overall effort.
While some tracks have the aggressive moniker, others seep a poppy cheerfulness like the members are just having a good time singing and playing. As the album moves along their roots emerge even more as independent musicians. “Mallets” has everyone playing their instruments in a forceful manner, again not a hostile manner; drums beating whenever they have the chance, clean guitars played with attitude like they were the same guitars used by Pretty Girls Make Graves.

Overall it’s a good solid effort for Syvlie’s third time around. Makes me wonder if listening to the extensive “Trees and Shade Are Our Only Fences” gives off a feeling of Saskatchewan living.

Category: Sylvie