Album review: What We Leave Behind | The East Pointers 

Imagine it’s raining outside. Maybe snowing. You’re sitting not far from the fireplace in a lumber-walled tavern somewhere, quietly sipping your (probably lukewarm and dark) beer, or maybe a whiskey. There’s a dark hum of voices chatting across the establishment. Three young men take the small stage each holding their instruments: a fiddle, a banjo, and a guitar. A melancholy rhythm and melody matching the weather slowly draws silence from the full bar, with the exception of the dull thud of boots slowly and thoughtfully tapping the wet floor and thumb knuckles drumming the tables like a funeral march.

The melancholy phrasing comes to an end and the musicians pause, only for a second or two. Everyone looks up from their meditative states. Broad smiles appear on the faces of the young men on stage in that brief moment. Suddenly, they break out into a tempo quadruple the speed and bodies across the tavern explode into movement, jumping up and down, compelled to joyous dancing of jigs and reels.

That’s pretty much The East Pointers’ new album ‘What We Leave Behind’. Melancholy fiddle and banjo-driven instrumental ballads, followed by the catchy, toe-tapping rhythms of traditional and contemporary Canadian Celtic folk music that make you want to move your body. Tim Chaisson’s raw melodies and harmonies impress and the lyrics seem wedded to touring life, including time in Australia. You should buy the album for its wonderful music, if not only to diversify genres in your collection. You can also catch the band live at Mullum Music Festival in November and Woodford Folk Festival in December. Get amongst it!

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