These underground favourites have developed from light, classically arranged baroque-pop purists into a full-blown rock and roll group. 2008′s Parc Avenue was a masterpiece, ambitiously blending prog, post-rock and folk influences into slow-burning anthems and intimate ballads. Subsequent albums have moved beyond this enjoyable but typically Montréal, Wolf Parade and Arcade Fire-style pop into a beefier, backboned sound – as on February’s The End Of That. The stoner-speed, beard-stroking tracks have been replaced by an aggressive, riff-heavy swampy sound ripe for live performance. This recent blooming suggests that Plants And Animals are now ripe to grow out from beneath their adopted town’s collectivist-indie shadow.
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