Release Date: Feb 3, 2009
Record label: Boompa
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
While the British woodpigeon is a common and cumbersome bird, the eight-piece Canadian collective named after it is a more rarified creature. Led by Mark Hamilton, a singer-songwriter who recently came back to Calgary after living in Scotland, his group's second album is a 14-track tribute to the pleasures of home. Snow swirls and summer glows, while guitars, violins and banjos weave golden figures of sound, and Hamilton's vocals recall the tender touches of Elliott Smith or Sufjan Stevens.
When you hear the right song from Canada’s Woodpigeon, it is hard to believe they haven’t garnered more attention sooner. Their sophomore album, Treasury Library Canada, was originally self-released and only available on tour or from the band’s website. But after a while the album got enough attention, including ending up on some high-profile best-of lists in 2008, and the Boompa record company has stepped up and reissued the album for a larger audience.