'The Fire & The Sigh' is a short debut album from part-Irish band 'I Am Not Lefthanded' who are currently based in San Francisco. The album consists of eight tracks which includes a wonderful version of Therapy?'s 'Screamager' as well as six brand new tracks not previously released on EPs. Therefore as it's an album of new material it probably accurately reflects the world the band find themselves in at present.
The recurring themes within the songs include making the most of opportunity and time, letting go, reassuring oneself and being positive in life. The songs are characteristically 'I Am Not Lefthanded' with Kathryn's vocals shining throughout over well written subtle indie pop compositions which compliment the vocals and lyrics. 'Brace Brace' kicks off the album in fine style with lyrics describing that feeling of new adventures. 'Return' is such a wonderful song while the catchy 'No Time' has become my regular earworm over the last few days. Listen to 'No Time' here.
If I'm honest it took a few listens to delve into some of the tracks and appreciate their lyrics and finesse. Initially I was searching for songs that matched songs like 'Long Goodbyes' or 'Persuade Yourself' from their debut EP 'Yes Means No' and I had to wait until the final track to find a track that matched the quality of their earlier releases. 'Falls To Me' is such a great track which oozes positivity and could well be the song that brings the band to big audiences in the US and Canada.
I highly recommend this album for it's powerful lyrics and great tunes like 'Return', 'Falls To me' and their ownership of Therapy's 'Screamager'!
I Am Not Lefthanded - The Fire & The Sigh [11 out of 12]
Thursday, June 14, 2012
NXNE Showcase @ The Painted Lady
218 Ossington St, Toronto, ON (Canada) - Map
Set: 1:00 AM
Saturday, June 16, 2012
North By Northeast (NXNE) @ Cameron House
408 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON (Canada) - Map
Set: 11:00 PM