Duncan Ivany & The North Coast Band Tug on Our Heartstrings on 'Of Loving & Leaving'



A peaceful resolve leads Duncan Ivany & The North Coast Band's heart-tugging 'Of Loving & Leaving', to new ends as this record takes our most dismal and gloomy days and melts away.


Anyone in The Duncan Ivany Brother's clique might already be habituated in marveling over how satiating western folk music can be. Here, much of 'Of Love & Leaving' finds the Erin, Ontario-based band delivering us a five-track extended play, formulated between the four walls of a studio converted to out of a church in rural Hamilton to produce lyrics that enamor and a hummable harmony that is reminiscent of bands like Half Moon Run and The Bahamas.


Duncan Ivany's latest EP operates on the fumigating tenderness of his nourishing lead vocals and is often just a handful of strings or percussion away from being a bonfire Accapella. The record is as onerous as its title would hint, toeing over the love-sick lines most intimately with a beautiful afterglow. The minimal orchestration of the instrumental layers here embellish that the fact 'Of Love and Leaving' was recorded in a Studio-Church, which is part of the reason feels so agrarian and earthy naturally. 


"Traveling Band" would earn every descriptor of Canadian Indie-Folk music—unceremonious, rustic and earthy, existing somewhere between the shims of our front porch or the cots in our backyard—and with every number that passes, we're more invested in the band's slender shaped silhouette as they glow with profound intensity from track to track. On this one, The Ivany Brothers and their accompanying North Coast Band ordain a tiptoeing snare for the rhythm, the twinkling of a sprightly acoustic guitar for color, and a rousing topline that pulls at our heartstrings. There's no room for metaphor or cheekiness here, as their songwriting principle seems to resemble a class of rose-colored fervency: everything is delicately lathed with love-sick hymns and a dash of transparency.