Reverie Sound Revue

Reverie Sound Revue


Sep 08, 2009 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

Reverie Sound Revue’s eponymous full-length has been a long time coming. Formed in 2002, the Canadian quintet released a self-titled EP in 2003 to critical acclaim… and then, for all practical purposes, vanished. Now they’re back, with indie cred to spare.

Led by the sultry croon of sometimes Broken Social Scene member Lisa Lobsinger, Reverie could easily be compared to her better-known project, or to the other ladies who have filled its illustrious lineup. Poppier than Feist, and jazzier than Emily Haines, Reverie Sound Revue plays like Broken Social Scene’s attempt to eradicate Via Audio’s overly twee faults—and darn it, they succeed.  

Not setting out to move mountains—musical or otherwise—Reverie Sound Revue features a chilly, yet slow-burning ambience. Floating on introspective charm, the album hangs together remarkably well, which is notable because its cohesiveness was achieved with no band member recording at the same place and time. Citing “moody Britpop” as a main influence, the group manages to interject a marked sense of levity, with songs such as “We Are the Opposite of Thieves” and “You Don’t Exist If I Don’t See You,” which features vocal-instrumental interplay that’s more tongue-in-cheek than mope.

Although one has to wonder about Reverie Sound Revue’s staying power, even while it provides the auditory equivalent of air conditioning to these hot summer nights. Carving a north-of-the-border niche in a country known for its notable music scene can be difficult. Music that hangs on such easily overlooked and understated charm almost demands live performances—something that the band, scattered across three cities, has no plans to do. Pity. As the summer wanes, here’s hoping it doesn’t take our appreciation for Reverie Sound Revue with it. (

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