Dumb Angel - Eight Moments of Spring (Clamour Records)
Eight Moments of Spring is a collection of meditative tunes that channel its panoramic namesake. Saskatchewan-born Shaun Mason has performed solo under the Dumb Angel moniker since 2006, but with Mason’s relocation to Montreal, the project has since expanded into a four-piece. Produced by fellow Prairie ex-pat, Jace Lasek of the Besnard Lakes, the third release for Mason is ethereal guitar folk with strong echoes of Nick Drake and a halo of vocal reverb informed by an affinity for shoegazing. With half the album’s songs running over the seven-minute mark, it’s a sleepy atmosphere that tends to overstay its welcome. Additionally, the arrangements are samey sounding to the extent that it’s difficult to tell one song from the next and nothing really sticks.