La Strada Back in Halifax

La Strada

 

I had some fancy things I was going to re-write about Brooklyn band La Strada, as they prepare to return to Halifax to play Gus’ Monday night, but then I re-read the PR release sent to us by the hardest working man in Sackville, NB, and saw this:

“Drawing on Jungian archetypes, folk tales and Franco-Baltic harmonies, La Strada offers up the best of the New York indie scene: interesting music made by talented people who have a point of view and a love for what they do.”

And that’s from The Huffington Post no less! So then, the main point here is rather simple: Do you love Jungian archetypes, folk tales and/or Franco-Baltic harmonies? Well then get yourself to Gus’ on Monday night to see La Strada.

 

I’d be remiss if I didn’t discuss the other point to be made here: La Strada have a new full-length album out called New Home, and it’s a pretty fantastic listen. Its appeal was much more immediate for me than their last EP was, as it is bursting with waves of positive energy that come through in the form of guitars, strings, accordions, and vocal harmonies. How I didn’t use the word “orchestral” in that last post is beyond me, but try to listen to Julia and not think orchestral thoughts during the intro - not easy.

 

Now Wash On By, on the other hand, is impossible to resist, with sing along hooks, stop-start shouty breakdowns, and uplifting instrumental bridges throughout. Now, I’m no Huffington Post, but I think La Strada make music that, in purely theoretical terms, could be ornate and not all that easily accessible, but as they display again on New Home, they seem to have mastered the art of deriving joyous, inclusive music from a set of somewhat high-falootin’ influences.

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MP3:: La Strada - Wash On By
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/lastradanyc

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