Fans of quirky, catchy indie rock will be pleased to hear that after a 3-year hiatus Montreal's The Lovely Feathers have released their second LP. Recorded with Dan Lagace (Dears, Stars, Death From Above) Fantasy of the Lot contains all the charm and energetic zeal of the band's previous releases, and then some. Alternating between straight-up, insanely hook-laden if slightly eccentric synth pop ('Lowiza', 'Long Walks') and sweet melancholy ('Gifted Donald', 'Fantasy of the Lot') Fantasy is already a strong contender for a place in my top 10 albums at the end of this year.
Canadian iTunes users have been able to purchase the album since June 2nd but our yankee friends will have to wait until August 18th. I'm not sure why. There's a way to circumvent the system, though. Anyone, anywhere with a PayPal account can pick this gem up for $10 Canadian via the band's own website.
The Lovely Feathers playing 'In the Valley' at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern earlier this month: