reviewed by Laura Stanley
As more and more bands seem to be filing under the “indie-rock” category, new independent bands need to be able to stand out from the crowd. In their debut release Where We Are, Toronto six-piece band, The Cautioneers, prove that they have an intriguing element and are not just another indie band.
“If Only,” the first real song after the instrumental precursor and title track, “Where We Are,” does well to introduce the sound of The Cautioneers as it continually moves between a quiet piano pop sound and a powerful upbeat indie-pop sound.
Both “The Art Of Cartography” and “A Feeling Of Love And Meaning” are very similar in terms of their lush sound and their long instrumental breaks. With the songs being back to back as they are, the instrumental pauses get a little tiring but that doesn’t mean that they are bad by any means. A beautiful horn section, especially at the end of “A Feeling Of Love And Meaning,” are the clear standout during these instrumental portions of the songs and the EP altogether.
With its genuine sound, the standout of the EP has to go to “Stand Back And Watch The Collapse.” Once again, displaying a fantastic horn section in various instrumental portions of the song, “Stand Back And Watch The Collapse” shows that The Cautioneers know how to write a solid and catchy song.
Lastly, “Heaven Help Us,” similarly to “Stand Back And Watch The Collapse” is more upbeat, shows off the pleasant vocal combination between Stephen Cooper (guitar), Amanda Barroso (keys), and Adam Silva (percussion), and ends the album off with energetic rock power.
The Cautioneers’ Where We Are is overall a solid debut EP. There’s a simplicity and cohesion to the album that is obviously appealing and where it may stumble at parts, The Cautioneers are still able to show what they are good at.
Top Tracks: “Stand Back And Watch The Collapse,” “Heaven Help Us”
Rating: Strong Hoot (Good)