Brian’s Top 5 Arts & Crafts Albums

Clear your schedule, this is some quality listening

With Arts & Crafts Field Trip coming up this weekend, it’s a good time to look back at the music that put them on the​ map. I started flipping through my music collection and realized some of my favourite albums of all time were released by Arts & Crafts. Here are my Top 5.

What’s your favourite

Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
The album that started it all! When it was released in March 2003 it didn’t sound like anything else – weird, experimental, and yet irresistibly catchy. You can dance or cry, or both, over the span of 13 songs.

Stars – Set Yourself On Fire
This is very close to being a perfect album. The soundtrack to breakups since 2004, Amy and Torquil’s vocals will give you goosebumps from the opening notes of “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” to the closing moments of “Calendar Girl.”

Ra Ra Riot – The Orchard
When I saw Ra Ra Riot open for BSS in Stanley Park in Vancouver in 2011 it was a magical night. We’d planned to kick back in the grass but quickly changed our minds – their energetic set had us dancing to violinist Rebecca Zeller and running to the merch tent to stock up on music for the ride home.

The Stills – Oceans Will Rise
The final album from The Stills, there was some foreshadowing here with lines like “Everything I build is breaking down.” They disbanded in 2011 but not before having a hit with the memorable rock-radio gem “Being Here”.

The Dears – Gang Of Losers
Murray Lightburn sure has a way with a great melody, and these songs have a fist-in-the-air-scream-your-lungs-out quality that causes you to really feel what he’s singing. I dare you not to sing along when he proclaims “I swear, I swear, I swear it to you!”


 

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Memphis – Here Comes A City
One of the best shows I’ve ever seen, at Metropolis in Victoria BC in 2011, with about 12 people in attendance. Get to know Torquil Campbell’s other band!

Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams
When you’re looking for a moody soundtrack to your evening, Hot Dreams delivers. Kick back and drink in Taylor Kirk’s eerie vocals and Colin Stetson’s sultry sax.

Check out the fill list of Arts & Crafts releases here.