Secret City Records 10th Anniversary Compilation (CD)


Various Artists

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Amoeba Review

09/22/2016

Quebec's Secret City Records has been one of the most exciting and revealing indie labels from Canada. Tapping deep into the indie and outsider music scene of Montreal, Secret City Records has proudly released albums by Patrick Watson, Thus Owls, Own Pallett, Suuns, Plants and Animals, and The Barr Brothers. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, they're doing a series of commemorative concerts around the world and are releasing a behemoth of a compilation. Chronologically spanning 34 tracks over two CDs, it's a perfect sampler of a unique sound curated by a one-of-a-kind label. Opening with a bonus track from Patrick Watson's Close To Paradise, "Interference From The Sky" picks up from the avant pop world of Jim O'Rourke. Powered up noise guitars shred over a minimal piano piece and free drumming that recalls Michael Nyman. And it builds and builds until it just disintegrates into nothing. Plants and Animals' "Bye Bye Bye" takes a different route. Instead of going for dramatic grit, this feels closer in spirit to to The Kinks' power pop masterpieces that just exude good vibes. The rich arrangement has a mix of mandolins, pianos, and a loud chorus that sounds more like 1967 than 2016. Suuns is a whole other beast. "Infinity" starts off like a lost Suicide track as ugly drum-machine riffs trot along vocals that are perfectly unsettling. Without ever being sleazy or gross, there's something about the song that makes you feel like you need to take a shower after listening to it. Along with Merge Records and Drag City, Secret City Records' diverse artists are completely unique in the world of indie rock. After listening to this, you'll want to hear it all.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Interference From The Sky
Patrick Watson 03:08
2.
Daydreamer
Patrick Watson 04:34
3.
Hold Your Secrets To Your Heart
Miracle Fortress 03:37
4.
Lola Who?
Plants and Animals 05:33
5.
Bye Bye Bye
Plants and Animals 03:38
6.
Fireweed
Patrick Watson 03:35
7.
Fall
Patrick Watson 05:14
8.
Heart Of My Own
Basia Bulat 03:50
9.
Game Shows
Plants and Animals 05:11
10.
All Yr Songs
Diamond Rings 02:46
11.
Miscalculations
Miracle Fortress 05:27
12.
High Twilight
Daniel Isaiah 04:33
13.
Beggar In The Morning
The Barr Brothers 05:55
14.
Lightshow
Plants and Animals 03:35
15.
Adventures In Your Own Backyard
Patrick Watson 04:51
16.
Runaway Love
Diamond Rings 04:50
17.
Edie's Dream
Suuns 04:20


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
It Can't Be You
Basia Bulat 03:58
2.
Keep The Dog Quiet
Owen Pallett 03:09
3.
Smoke Like Birds
Thus Owls 06:23
4.
The Riverbed
Owen Pallett 03:44
5.
Half Crazy
The Barr Brothers 04:52
6.
Tug of War
Daniel Isaiah 03:41
7.
In Touch
Suuns , Jerusalem in My Heart 05:47
8.
Never Been A Captain
The Barr Brothers 04:41
9.
Know That You Know
Patrick Watson 07:18
10.
No other
Jesse Mac Cormack 07:50
11.
Dream
Emilie & Ogden 03:48
12.
Asleep in the Water
Thus Owls 05:27
13.
I Was A Daughter
Basia Bulat 02:54
14.
Good Advice
Basia Bulat 04:16
15.
Infinity
Suuns 02:12
16.
Stay
Plants and Animals 03:07
17.
Never Enough
Jesse Mac Cormack 04:15

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