Album: Woodpigeon, Treasury Library Canada, (End of the Road)

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Beardy orchestral folk-rock best listened to in front of a crackling log fire... it would be all too easy to dismiss Calgary's Woodpigeon as just another band looking to infiltrate Fleet Foxes' den.

Sure enough, the first few tracks do little to diminish that suspicion. Persevere beyond the heavy-handed drumming that spoils "Knock Knock" and "Piano Pieces for Adult Beginners", though, and 'Treasury Library Canada' soon finds its rather agreeable stride with lush strings, in particular, providing moments of magic.

Pick of the album: 'Anna, Girl in the Clocktower' is as lovely as its title