Shapes and Sizes, Shapes and Sizes
British Columbia's Shapes & Sizes are experts in the art of cockeyed songwriting. Their songs are wonderfully skewed, full of zig-zagging saxophones, curlicue guitars and palpitating percussion. Rory Seydel and Caila Thompson-Hinant share vocal duties, and they both have sweet, naïve voices that lend the proceedings a feeling of levity. "Wilderness", with it's "beware!" vocal melody and shaky whistling recalls early Cat Power and "Oh No, Oh Boy" sways and sashays with a winning giddiness. Though they are signed to Sufjan Steven's Asthmatic Kitty label, they share none of his fondness for intricate instrumentation and grand rococo flourishes. The songs on Shapes and Sizes are winningly ramshackle, cheery and charming.