Continuing in the vein of fantastic Canadian Americana artists (is that an oxymoron?) I present to you Express and Company.
Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. Like its album art, Ontario is an airy, unassuming album that eventually turns into a deep, cobalt blue. (Music metaphors are weird.) Express and Company does a wonderful job telling stories of quiet, desperate people and -- equally convincingly and probably more importantly -- quiet, happy people. I don't know -- at least with the type of music I tend to listen to, happy songs often sound hollow. Anyone who can draw upon our full emotional spectrum without ringing a false note (ha) earns my immediate respect.
Express and Company -- Official, Facebook, Buy Ontario