Getting caught up

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Toronto roots rockers Great Bloomers recently released their debut full-length, Speak of Trouble. It’s an excellent album that I’ll be talking about soon, but in the meantime, I’ve become completely obsessed the song “Catching Up” (from the group’s 2007 self-titled EP). Since I’ve spent the past two days listening to almost nothing else, I feel I owe the song it’s due recognition.

I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch of call “Catching Up” one of the best songs of the past few years. It’s a sweeping piano pop epic, beginning as an aching ballad before suddenly transforming two minutes in, breaking out into an upbeat rock groove that recalls Broken Social Scene at its most straight-forward. It’s an infectious arrangement, but it’s really the lyrics that make the song so memorable. Frontman Lowell Sostomi directly addresses an old friend, asking “Has it been a year or has it been three?” It’s the kind of story that almost anyone can instantly relate to, but it also comes across as deeply personal, thanks to its detail-rich imagery (“We used to build fires in our back yards / And hike through the forest when the mud got hard”). Sostomi’s voice is deep and double-tracked, and his deadpan vocals provide the perfect counterpoint for the lyrics, preventing the song from ever sounding syrupy or manipulatively sentimental.

mp3: “Catching Up”
 
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