In Medias Res

Experimental Rock

Review

New Music Michael

This is a spectacular album, and should be in the running for next year’s Polaris Music Prize (although it was released in January as an independent digital-only album, which may make it ineligible for next year, I’ll have to check on that). Their music is agile like a cat, moving amongst genres and sounds, adding instruments as necessary but without overdoing it, but generally staying true to their major influences such as TV on the Radio, Talk Talk, and Destroyer. I also get the feeling of the epicness of My Morning Jacket; and Aaron compared them to Sunny Day Real Estate.

That’s a lot of talent to live up to, but In Medias Res does a good job of doing just that. The first track, “The Final Flight of the Bees”, is a tsunami of drums and guitars, initially reminiscent of the much more famous “Flight of the Bumblebee”. “Bears” is a simpler tune with instant memorability. “Slow Motion Clarity” is a haunting, pleading track with precision guitar work. “Fight Song” is perhaps the best track on the album, maneuvering quickly between an all-out musical assault on the senses, and a mellow guitar-led toe-tapper.

All in all, this is a spectacular album, and has a helluva good chance of making my top ten for the year. You definitely need to check it out – and to help you out with that, you can stream one of the tracks – “Hollis” – below.

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Formed over a decade ago, Vancouver-based In Medias Res have risen from a fledgling act full of potential to one of the most lauded indie-rock bands in the city, whose recent release has them poised to reach new heights. Three years ago, after touring extensively, selling out multiple pressings of their Intimacy EP and debut album Of What Was, and establishing a passionate fan base across the country, the band went back into the studio. Re-teaming with esteemed local producer Jonathan Anderson (Aidan Knight, Stablio), the quartet intended to best their previous effort, which had been met with glowing reviews and sales of over 2000 copies. But then life intervened. Rumors spread of the band’s demise as the album was slow in coming; meanwhile, the band rewrote, rerecorded, and remixed. In the assured hands of Dave Carswell and John Collins (The New Pornographers, Destroyer, Tegan and Sara) the album finally found its form: It Was Warm and Sunny When We First Set Out.

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Formed over a decade ago, Vancouver-based In Medias Res have risen from a fledgling act full of potential to one of the most lauded indie-rock bands in the city, whose recent release has them poised to reach new heights. Three years ago, after touring ext...

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New Music Michael This is a spectacular album, and should be in the running for next year’s Polaris Music Prize (although it was released in January as an independent digital-only album, which may make it ineligible for next year, I’ll have to check o...

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