Heart Failure Research Unit – Young Animals

Calgary’s Dustin Anderson and his nom de guerre Heart Failure Research Unit forced me into a serious double take last week on CJSR. I grabbed this random gem off the hot wax pile and plugged it in to find that every song demanded a spin. That’s when picking one gets painful. Thankfully, Mr. Anderson has recently uploaded the album to Bandcamp for us all to stream and purchase and revel in. His folk canticles are full of the breeziest of production choices, air in the room, air in the guitars, air in his voice. As if inundated by the breath of God, each stroke of each song floats to heavenly heights. Deceptively, the production is actually as busy and florid as it is tastefully subdued. Fans of folk canticles in general need to get at this right now. P.S. Dustin Anderson is also in the middle of a phD in neuroscience so he’s also smart like that too. What a catch!

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