Lives In Between EP
Kalle Mattson

Lives In Between EP

Disc review

Now with their third release, Ottawa-based, Sault St. Marie-founded Kalle Mattson drop the folk-inflected Lives In Between EP. A step away from their previous indie rock focus, Lives In Between makes pleasant work out of the folk-indie collision, with more than a hint of pop sensibilities. Merry songs like Sun Is Gone show the new range that a lineup change has brought to the band via brass sections and harmonizing chorus lines. Lead single Someday pays lyrical homage to Mattson’s Northern Ontario roots, while The Shore and Water Falls certainly betrays lead singer Kalle Wainio’s affinity with Wilco’s sonic experimentalism. On final track Miles In Between, it’s all soaring violins and more uplifting lyrical content. While this buoyant tone and direction may peeve those with a taste for hard and dark rock, Lives In Between is a step ahead for Kalle Mattson – a band unafraid to let their musical whims guide them.

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