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Approved: Tops

By | Published on Thursday 31 July 2014


Having released their ‘Tender Opposites’ LP back in 2012, Canadian band Tops, the main sideline of Paula wizard David Carriere, have wisely taken their time in making a new one, chipping away at their sideways line in idiosyncratic pop and feeding in a string of preview singles.

The newest of those, ‘Way To Be Loved’, plays at the top of the tracklisting to the band’s latest LP, which is titled ‘Picture You Staring’. Dipping into Tops’ stylistic pop pool a la past tracks like ‘Double Vision’, it’s a swirl of the outfit’s typically offbeat melodic tendencies, but breathes a more meditative air than they usually go for.

The same is the case with ‘Sleepwalker’, which finds singer Jane Penny leaning into the lower, softer reaches of her voice, giving a sense that older is, indeed, wiser.

Hear both ‘Way To Be Loved’ and ‘Sleeptalker’ now: