5 ON THE FLY Five mini reviews all in one place.

Lakes and Pines – Peace Comes at Last

‘Peace Comes at Last’ is essentially a collection of honestly crafted pop song, as perhaps best exemplified by the indie rhythms of “Church on the Lake”. But other tracks sound even gentler — folk-rock even. “The Land of Lakes and Pines” is easy-rolling folk, whereas “Friday Night Singers” has a celtic swing and “Yukon Princess” features some lovely strings.

Patrick Simoens has an engaging voice that tends to the softer side, getting quite confessional at times. Most notable perhaps is the tragic ballad “Boy Scout Jamboree”. Simoens delivers the difficult lines with heartfelt emotion as he sings of someone lost at a young age.

Prime cut: “Boy Scout Jamboree”

blunderspublik – Rainbow Remains

Guelph’s blunderspublik is an experimental electronic artist that leans towards ambience. He also makes excellent use of field recordings and created sounds. On “Intabgibles”, for example, birds and even some traffic noise are heard in the background as an mechanical buzz gradually takes over and then resolves itself into a melodic repeating line. “rainbow remains”, however, starts with acoustic guitar which distorts, but then it also resolves itself into a more melodic, rhythmic electronic loop.

Prime cut: “rainbow remains”

Walter TV – Carpe Diem

Walter TV have a way of taking perfectly fine songs and then twisting them all out of shape. “Last Day” could be a perfectly nice surf-pop tune if it wasn’t warped to all hell. “No Other Way” starts off with rhythmic bongos but then the percussion get rather experimental for a while before the main Animal Collective-style vocals come in. OK, so it’s way stranger than Animal Collective. And then there the psych-pop “Begotten”, which is just….trippy, man, it’s just trippy.

Prime cut: “No Other Way”

Elan Noon – Have a Spirit Filled

Listening to Elan Noon’s ‘Have a Spirit Filled’ is like drifting off into a pleasantly lysergic otherworld. “Blue” starts off your dream with heavenly soft vocals in a gentle folk song that swoons melodically. There are beatlesque moments, as in the woozy “Grim Reaper”. There is even a faux-dirge number (“Feel So Dread”) with electronics replacing the tin-pan alley band.

Not exactly a dream you want to wake up from.

Prime cut: “Blue”

Sam Tudor – Quotidian Dream

Sam Tudor gleefully pushes boundaries on ‘Quotidian Dream’, although with his engageable, easy-going style it’s hard to tell. “Quotidian Boy” is a bouncy pop tune with a post-punk electronic beat, but despite its playfulness it is quite odd somehow. This oddness plays out elsewhere in strange contrasts, such as the joy in the coffee-shop pop bounce of “Brain Stealers” being contrasted with its grim subject matter about indoctrination in our modern world. Perhaps not as starkly contrasting is the breeziness of the jazz-pop in “Chlorine” compared to the lyrical heftiness involving a question of our existence itself.

Tudor pulls off his push into new areas masterfully, and entertains every step of the way.

Prime cut: “Chlorine”