The Remains of Volume 2
The Remains of Brian Borcherdt was one of 2004’s best albums, a lush, expansive explosion of the talent the gifted Borcherdt’s been honing for years in various hardcore and experimental incarnations. Its songs varied in theme and scope. On Volume 2, Borcherdt (home in Yarmouth now) writes mostly about love and sets it against a scrappier, lo-fi soundscape full of dirty guitars. He’s at his best when he’s pouring his heart out either loudly, which he only really does on “Gunslinger” (look for “Safe” from his stunning Moth EP for more) or quietly, as he does in a round robin sing-along with himself on “Crown of Sparks.” “Bright Red Wagon” is the gorgeous centrepiece, and “Unstoppable” its apt anthem. Well done, sir.