Fjord Rowboat

Album Title: Saved The Compliments For The Morning
Release Date: February 23, 2007
Genre: Rock
Nope, you're wrong. Fjord Rowboat aren't from Denmark or Sweden or Norway. They're from Toronto. While Ontario might be entirely Fjord-less, it's definitely got a bunch of indie rock bands, and Fjord Rowboat is one of them. Saved The Compliments For The Morning is the first release from the five-piece, and it serves as an excellent flagship. Lead singer Craig Gloster has got thick, gluttoness vocals that create a perfect textural mish-mash with the layers of bright guitars, muted bass, and twirling, swirling feedback. Sitting somewhere in the sonic territory between Broken Social Scene and the Dears in contemporary comparison, Fjord Rowboat draws quite contentedly from '80s bands of yore like My Bloody Valentine and the Jesus and Mary Chain (they are, after all, self-proclaimed shoegazers). There's nothing terribly innovative about Compliments, but it's a pleasant listen, and as far as shoegaze goes, very accessible. That, and it's awfully good mood music for those stormy, rainy days when you're feeling existentialistic.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

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