The 2007 full-length debut from Miracle Fortress is a lot like a trip to the ultimate candy store as a 6 year-old. It teems with colors and hidden secrets, every room offering something a bit different – sometimes familiar and sometimes entirely new, but always sweet throughout. Five Roses is an ode to that dreamy no-man's land of childhood, swooping from shoegazing wall of sound to beautiful sparse instrumentals and straight up pop classics. The album was composed, performed, recorded and mixed entirely by Graham Van Pelt at Friendship Cove, with even the album art having been inspired by bed linens from his childhood home. The album's title comes from the long-standing flour factory (and its flashing neon sign) that hovers over Friendship Cove and Griffintown in Montreal.
But whereas nostalgia might lure you in on Five Roses (like on perfect pop gems "This Thing About You" and "Maybe Lately"), it's also littered with sonic flourishes that stand up nicely next to boundary-pushing contemporaries. "Blasphemy" starts off innocently enough, but half-way through transforms into a synthy post-rock composition reminiscent of fellow genre-breaking Canadians acts like Caribou or Bell Orchestre; "Beach Baby" and "Hold Your Secrets to Your Heart" break down with sparse and airy ornaments that would be right at home on Animal Collective's Sung Tongs; and for all the album's beautiful vocal harmonies, the lilting instrumental title track might be the strongest and most moving offering on the record.
Released on CD only by Secret City Records, the 2007 Polaris Music Prize's short list finalist is finally being pressed on vinyl for the first by the label in celebration of its 10th anniversary. Single pocket cardboard jacket, printed inner sleeve and download card.