After bunking off for the day from the dining room table, I took HRH out for a short joyride to the park just to get some fresh air and now we’re settling down in the EZ-Boy while mommy gets ready to go to work and enjoy some vinyl-y goodness with this ‘Meet Me at the Muster Station‘ album (on limited edition blue vinyl) by the Kingston, Ontario indie rocker/folksters, P.S. I Love You.
Consisting of just Paul Saulnier on vocals/guitar/bass pedals and Benjamin Nelson on drums the “band” (if you want to call them that) is signed to the Canadian independent record label Paper Bag Records of which I am a HUGE fan. And not just because they also have other favorite Canadiana bands in their roster like Cuff the Duke and Elliott BROOD either. Let me tell you why.
Two weeks ago I checked out their “Summer Vinyl Clearance Sale” and decided that since the prices were so good and the shipping/handling was pretty much non-existent, I’d take a chance and purchase something I was unfamiliar with and roll the dice a bit, if you will. Less than five days later this album showed up along with about $30 of other merchandise like CD EP’s, stickers, buttons, download cards, a blow up beach ball and even a cassette tape. Remember those? Anyway, I was all like, “Fuck yeah! Thank you Paper Bag Records!” So this then is the original album I purchased.
This album released in October of 2010, is the bands debut album and regarded by Pitchfork Media as “a compact debut that nonetheless feels momentously epic”. Okay, that’s pretty positive. It also received Exclaim!’s #4 spot for Top Pop & Rock Albums of 2010 and was even placed on the longlist of nominees for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize. Again, all good stuff. HRH likes that the album is a pretty blue color. Besides, how can you not be a little intrigued with an album that brags having a song entitled ‘Butterflies & Boners‘ on it? C’mon on.
‘Muster Station‘ is weird, frantic and eclectic. There are trademark rock music staples in here that could have easily been tacky. The masculine/feminine yelps at the beginning of the album that simply scream ‘Glory Days‘…I just wish it was bit longer. Then there are the building layers of instrumentals in the ear wormy ‘Facelove‘ (I’m not even gonna ask). The vocals keep in unison with the guitar line of ‘2012‘. But none of it feels contrived or derivative. Even when they take moves out of the classic rock playbook, they still sound they’re coming from an entirely authentic point-of-view. Every song is great, but there are some moments toward the end of the record (‘Scattered‘, in particular) that start to sound a bit like you’ve heard them before. But when every song on the album is solid, that’s not such a bad thing. The album might only clock in at under 30 minutes, but every…freakin… moment…is absurdly listenable.
Yeah, Paper Bag Records rocks!