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Halifax Pier
Put Your Gloves On and Wave
Temporary Residence Ltd.

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
It rained all day today, but by the time I got home the sky was starting to clear. Looking outside, I put the new Halifax Pier album into the stereo. It opened with a violin and a cello, softly, simply, beautifully. Drums kicked in soon, as did guitar and bass later on. Everything flowed so pleasantly I lost myself in what I thought was the moment before I got up to sit on my bed. I guess I remained sitting next to the stereo for four minutes and fifteen seconds - the full duration of the first song, "That Old Grizzly Thing"- just staring out my window at the setting sun over the skyline. I wasn't depressed, I wasn't incredibly happy; I was just sitting, immersed in the sheer beauty of both what I saw and what I heard.

The next song rolled along, and I got up to sit on my bed. I had been planning on doing a bit of work, nothing I'd have to concentrate on, but I was completely unable. I decided I'd go take a shower instead, but the view from the bathroom window just then seemed too beautiful to hide with a shade. So, no longer wanting to take a shower, I went back to my room, from where I could still hear those beautifully sad violins.

That's what Halifax Pier can do to a person. It completely incapacitates you on a beautiful, albeit somewhat depressing day with its sheer beauty. There are six songs, most of which include soft, luxurious male and female vocals, though the remainder could be described as anything but filler. Each song is a masterpiece for a drizzly day like today. Each song seems completely perfect, really, but I guess the debilitating nature of Put Your Gloves On and Wave won't let me think anything else of it.

The songs are lofty and forceful, light and complicated. They sound similar to the Dirty Three, sound similar to Guster on "Lightly Noise," and have been compared to Low, For Carnation, and Bonny Billy, so if you're into any of that type of Nick Drake folk type stuff combined with "backwoods chamber music," you will be super-into Put Your Gloves On and Wave. If you're not into that kind of stuff, I think you still might be into this particular album. It's just that nice. Everybody finds themselves in the mood to listen to this kind of music now and then.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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