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Who Toronto septet that love to make sweet orchestral pop. Discography Swift Feet For Troubling Times (Self-released, 2006) In A Nutshell... Swift Feet For Troubling Times is a beautifully crafted album: equal parts great songwriting and heart-breaking musicianship The Story The most rewarding and longest lasting albums are usually the ones that don t reveal all they have to offer on first listen. They don t exist as a manufactured disc or a series of ones and zeros on a computer, but as their own entity, infused with depth, character and the soul of everyone who had a hand in their creation. Swift Feet For Troubling Times is one of these albums. The problem is that it becomes impossible to pinpoint what makes Ohbijou sound so great, as the music is obviously a product of all members, not just one or two. While the album may be meticulously arranged with a large variety of instruments, it is obvious that this is only done to transform Casey Mecija s songs into beautiful pieces of music. Her soft yet haunting voice spins cryptic tales of city living, while the music swirls around, matching her emotions note after note. Often, like the ending of Steep , there are intertwining melodies, a combined rush of vocals layered with violin, cello, glockenspiel and trumpet. It is these songs that give a continual enjoyment, as the band offers multiple listening experiences at once. The long crescendo of St. Francis does not rely on drums, but the strings section to build a glorious sense of urgency. Swift Feet For Troubling Times is such a surprisingly mature debut album because it does not try to fill empty spaces with words, but with music that says more than any vocal could. It s also the perfect album for those winter days when you just want to stay inside, reading a book in bed, pet at your feet. Songs like The Otherside make you want to stay inside with a huge mug of hot chocolate, embracing the warmth of Ohbijou and discovering all that Swift Feet For Trou --i (heart)

Ohbijou: Canada's Best New Band? I did a quick search today and was shocked to find out that Brantford, Ontario's Ohbijou is largely absent from the blogosphere. It's almost criminal that very few of my fellow bloggers are talking about what is arguably Canada's best new band. Granted, many Brantfordnites (is that what they call themselves?) would have me know that Ohbijou has been around for a few years now and is not exactly new. Still, it was only last month that the band released its brilliant debut, Swift Feet For Troubling Times. Brilliant may not be a strong enough adjective for the album. Its beautiful melodies and angelic vocals have quickly given it a prominent spot among my favourite albums of the year. When i Heart Music posted its poll of Canada's best artists this year, the number one complaint from readers was that Ohbijou was not among the nominees. I myself, was guilty of not including them in my list. Like many of the other participants (I'm guessing) I simply wasn't aware of the band at the time. Had I been, they would of had a prominent spot in my top 10. Alas, this is my chance to make amends. If you've ever listened to The Hidden Cameras, and enjoyed it, go out and find Ohbijou's album. Don't even think about it, just get off your ass, bus down to your favourite indie record store, and buy the damned thing! If they don't have it, ask them to order it! If for some reason they can't order it, bus your ass back home and find it online (more help with that below). It's just that good. --Mocking Music

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  • Audio CD (December 1, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Blood & Water
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,525,560 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By -aquarius- on September 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
1. Widths and Curves
2. The Otherside
3. St. Francis
4. Misty Eyes
5. Favourite Skin
6. To Rest In Peace On Righteous Tides
7. Raccoons
8. Anabacus
9. Steep
10. Lamppost
11. The Woods
12. Tumbleweeds
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