The Taken By Canadians EP is scheduled for release this summer, but right now they have all of two songs on record. The first is an uptempo folk-rocker called "Wearing Your Heart Out," whose lilting violin is nicely undergirded by a strong bass line. Those of us who lament the violin/bass divide in folk welcome this gesture at detente. It reminds us that "earnest" and "animated" are not mutually exclusive, that the heart is an organ for pumping blood, too.
The second song, "Angels," prominently treats a homeless man who lives near songwriter Ben Abrosini. Once again, Taken By Canadians manages to add a little bite to a folk cliché, sharpening a potentially gauzy premise with lyrics like "You are all thoughts./ Why don't you spend the day thinking, baby/ whether that's true or not?" Little touches like that promise to distinguish TBC from other embryonic, street-busking folk bands. They are at the early stages of doing something, and plenty of other bands are doing it, too. But not many do it well, and Taken By Canadians shows potential to do something interesting in a crowded genre.
Taken By Canadians plays the Palace Tue., June 10, at 10 PM, with The Magpies. Cover TBA.