ALBUM REVIEW: “Garden of Arms” by Peter Wolf Crier
Minnesota’s Peter Wolf Crier, another stellar addition to the Jagjaguwar (Bon Iver, Women, Okkervil River) return with their second album. Garden of Arms benefits from a renewed assurance; Brian Moen’s drum patterns are lovely and impressive musical compositions on their own, while guitarist/vocalist Brian Pisano exhibits a remarkable growth on his instrument. Their arrangements have grown more sophisticated (“Krishnamurti” is a fuzzy pop gem, built on a cascading guitar figure and Moen’s feverish kit work) and a new dedication of focus strengthens the proceedings. The sonics and song craft work hand in hand to creating a mood: a summery, richly evocative feeling handmade for headphones. “Hard Heart” is another highlight as well; the soaring lurch of the track could leave one feeling surprised by the relative few creating it. It’s another worthy effort from a band (and label) on a roll.