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Mint Records

Rating: 7.5/10 ?

June 20, 2005
Unsure of what Brigadoon is, or once was? I certainly was, but Mint Records' site set me straight:

In the Lerner & Loewe musical of the same name, the main character, moved by an unattainable love, dispenses with his life at home and combs the misty moors in search of Brigadoon, a mysterious place that appears only once every 100 years. By the power of his intense dedication, Brigadoon reappears and reunites him with his true love. Brigadoon is a Utopia - an impossible place - and its fleeting existence expresses something greater than the existing, imperfect world.

This is a good place to start: Utopias are never really meant to be attained; their sheer ideals are designed to invigorate - the impossible keeps us trying our best to get as close as we can.

Brigadoon, the third release from Vancouver indie dear p:ano, sees them covering a wide range of the musical spectrum. The material on this album moves from a serenely meandering melodic mélange to electronic cacophonies and upbeat, toe-tapping goodies. The brand of indie pop on display here wraps the listener in a warm world of oblique charm; perpetrators Nick Krgovich, Larissa Loyva, Justin Kellam and Julia Chirka are clearly having as much fun as they see fit.

Many of the songs, like "You the Widow" and "The Snow", knit elaborate stories, playfully involving the listener. The songs have a forward energy, never really relying on choruses to hook the crowd, instead effortlessly moving from verse to chorus creating a lively whole. Tracks like "Pure Evil" start out with one voice spelling out a scene of events, as gently, other voices and gentle hand claps join in.

This album grows on you; it takes a little bit of time to familiarize yourself - to get a comfy seat - but once you do, it's quite nice. This being p:ano's third outing, they have much more maturity and growth to come, and I surely look forward to their next excursion.

This is Brigadoon: I don't think p:ano really intends for this to stand as Utopia, but more of the journey to find such a place. Everyone should have their own lofty determination; I'll be happily listening to their words and notes while I harness mine. Happy travels to you, as well.

Reviewed by Abi Huynh
A contributing writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Abi Huynh enjoys film and music that most people criminally ignore.

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