Canadian indie duo Whitehorse, comprised of husband-and-wife tandem Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, earned my attention with the release of their 2012 full-length debut “The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss” and I’ve been waiting for more music ever since.
For dynamite follow-up, Whitehorse made the incredibly wise decision to enlist Gus Van Go as a producer. His fingerprints are all over “Leave No Bridge Unburned,” a flat-out fantastic 11-track release, as he pushed Doucet and McClelland to heights that they might not have even known they were capable of reaching.
Whitehorse brings a bigger, bolder sound to the new album, weaving in elements of rock, pop, Americana and folk to create something entirely their own. The one-two opening punch of “Baby What’s Wrong?” and “Tame as the Wild Ones” sets the tone for what’s to come, and Whitehorse further impress on “Sweet Disaster,” “The One I Hurt,” “Dear Irony,” “Fake Your Death (And I’ll Fake Mine)” and “The Walls Have Drunken Ears.” It’s time you got to know this terrific twosome. (Jeffrey Sisk)