The following was originally published on Exclaim.ca.
By Jessica Lewis
It takes just over 20 minutes for Bass Lions to get intimate ― every bit of this album feels like it’s being projected right in front of you. There are fuzzy guitars, tussled percussion, subtle keyboards and warm, steady guitars. It was recorded in a studio, but there are still elements that make it seem personal and real, mainly in the percussion. Bass Lions are anywhere from five to eight members, tight knit, but able to expand and tackle more. Nathan Stretch and Janine Smienk take over the harmonies on longing lyrics of love, friends and shiny objects. This album has some moments where tracks blend together tiredly, but then there are others that can bring you right back in. …Is Diamonds shows great promise. (Nevado)