Was Share's main man Andrew Sisk tempting fate, calling his album 'Pedestrian'? Surely that's my job. The Canadian Solo/Trio/Band (depending on the gig) just about manage walking pace with this barely-there collection of folk whisperings.
The acoustic shimmies are lifted on occasion by the barest hint of studio trickery, the stuttering vocal effects on opener 'The Great Before,' for example. 'Foreign Church' has some nice harmonies and 'The Yard' benefits from the drummer waking up and Catherine MacLellan adding some contrast with delicate backing vocals.
There are some nice vocal melodies though the overall feel is as if Sisk is singing lullabies to a child he's desperate not to disturb. On 'Continents' it sounds at times like he's dropped off himself. Not always a bad thing of course, the naivety in his voice reminded me a little of Lou Reed, in both the very early Velvets demos and the Jesus/Candy Says LP, although the comparison flatters Share enormously.
But, sod it, I liked it. It's nice, there's no cynicism and there are definitely songs in there if you look hard enough.
You'll have a chance to judge for yourself on Feb 10th as Sisk brings the trio to The Primrose. Hopefully, live this Pedestrian will break into a jog.