Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- THE ARBITRARYS -- Anticipation Is Our Destination

The Arbitrarys

Some of you will remember The Arbitrarys from a recent feature on the band in these pages.
Others will be among the fortunate to have attended the band’s performance at 5th Avenue Cup & Saucer in the city.
For the rest, the band’s CD Anticipation Is Our Destination may well be the entry point to experience this band which hails out of British Columbia. The disk has actually been out a while, but like a lot of indie music is not as well known as it should be based on its contents.
The Arbitrarys tag their music “melodramatic popular”, which I suppose is simply their way to focus attention on the fact the music is a little darker, the lyrics a little more of despair than rainbows.
There is nothing wrong with looking at the world with a slightly darker tinted pair of glasses, and The Arbitrarys have a knack for doing it well.
The band is made up of Naomi Kavka on guitar, piano, vocals, and even cello; Josh Sandu, guitar, vocals, piano; Justin Arding, drums; and Robyn Miller on bass.
Having both a male and female vocal lead certainly adds something to The Arbitrarys.
Both Kavka and Sandu bring a strong presence to their individual vocal work, and their voices blend nicely for harmonies; such as on So … and I Don’t Know, the latter being maybe the best song among the seven here.
This is a CD with a darker mood to it, without being obsessed with death and destruction, the mood coming from the general vision of our world complete with its warts. It is also a fine effort, well worth mixing into the collection.
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-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 28, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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