It’s “balls to the wall” day beginning with a 3500m ‘muscular endurance’ swim, my usual 90 minute Masters Cycle class followed by this 25 minute Brick run. And I won’t lie, I’m pretty exhausted and looking forward to a rest day…next week. This evening, I am keeping myself motivated on the “dreadmill” with the ‘With/Avec‘ EP by Plants & Animals.
This is the second EP released by my favorite Montreal indie rockers and my first actual introduction to the band’s recordings. If you recall, I discovered the band at an Elliott BROOD concert (consequently, with Dan, the same guy who wrote/produced the ‘City Fathers Cluck Their Tongues‘ that I ran to on their very treadmill two weeks ago) where they performed as the opening act and it was their version of Nina Simone’s ‘Sinnerman‘ that really grabbed my attention, so this is the keepsake I walked out with that night given it also happens to be on this disc.
Where the album ‘Park Avenue‘ (see the link above) took nearly three years to record, this EP took only three days. The EP’s opener ‘Lola Who?‘ could be a nod to the Beatles ‘Ballad of John & Yoko‘ and was terrific for establishing a decent pace to begin the run. ‘Faerie Dance‘ has a certain bubbly urgency to it to keep that run pace alive, that reaches a devastating intensity mid-song with a cutting cello line before grooving into a sing-along outro. ‘Trials & Tribulations‘ has a certain Simon & Garfunkel melody meets Radiohead psychedelic sheen to it, and then there’s the awesome live rendition of ‘Sinnerman/Guru‘ that I originally fell in love with to end the run on a high note.
On a completely different note, tonight’s run was rather on the, well, weird side. How else do you explain running to a French Canadian Indie rock band while watching news footage of runaway lamas (seriously, click HERE). Stranger than fiction I tell you.