The Hope Fiends

Album Title: Mentally Confused and Prone To Wandering
Release Date: September 12, 2004
Genre: Indie Rock
The first thing that struck me about this album was the title. It must've been three years ago that I witnessed a most peculiar sight in a downtown Toronto head shop. As I purchased my confection or whatever the hell I was buying, I noticed a fellow attendant was pressing shirt upon shirt bearing a positively-bizarre doctrine: Mentally Confused and Prone To Wandering. Now, I happen upon this album by Toronto's Hope Fiends entitled Mentally Confused and Prone To Wandering years later and I don't know what to make of it all. The shirts. The confection. The album. Add one and one and get three, right? Whatever, at least I've got some nifty music to listen to as I ponder. I'm tempted to call The Hope Fiends "easy listening" but it would be hard to do so without enacting some horrible Dan Hill flashback. So instead, I'll list some hipster bands that mine similar territory to the Fiends: Zumpano, Cardinal, The Heavy Blinkers, any of the Rainbow Quartz revivalists. Sweet melodies, tasteful arrangement, dollars owed to Colin Blunstone. A sound. A pleasing sound. A damn fine, pleasing sound. The sound gets trippy with the appropriately-titled "Taj Mahal" but then right themselves by the time a fairly straight-forward cover of The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" uncoils. At 18 tracks and 60 minutes, it's a lot of music to digest but it a worthwhile stab if you've got the time.

Writer: Cameron Gordon

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