Calgary’s Old Apartments shack up with indie and emo, as earnest, conscious lyrics and linear guitar leads make for a solid tune, honouring the best of the group’s respective influences. Singer Joel Learoyd approaches his songwriting wide-eyed and sentimental (“And I quit my job just to see if I could quit”), where the smallest risks seem like monumental milestones. The world’s biggest cynic might even grin at such a sincere line.

Old Apartments’ Last Year comes out December 1.