The Sadies are guitarist brothers Dallas and Travis Good, drummer Mike Belitsky and bassist Sean Dean. This Toronto based set of roving roots-rockers have a reputation as one of the best live acts who regularly cross the bridge at Buffalo into the States to undertake huge tours (Check out their double live album recorded at Lee's Palace). They have played with many other muso's not least the great chanteuse Neko Case and a range of other Canadian bands and for Darker Circles drafted in Gary Louris from alt country godfathers "The Jayhawks" to produce this wonderful slice of alt country melancholia.
Darker circles is a fitting title for this album since despite the sheer rush of one of the fine opener "Another year again" which reminds me of the old Southern rock band "The Outlaws", this album heads towards metaphorical winter snow rather than the deckchairs on a summer beach. "Another year again" breaks off with a minute left into a rip roaring guitar workout which will see concert halls bounce under the strain. Indeed there is nothing wrong with a more reflective album with "Postcards" sounding like someone in the band has been to seance and managed to contact the ghost of Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito's.
In between these songs are other highlights. The feedback laden instrumental "Ten more songs" is very atmospheric while the stunning "Choosing to fly" is all rustic banjos and fiddles and taps into deep American traditions of music. "Idle tommorrows" reminds me of American Beauty era Grateful Dead and should be sought out as a starting point for this album while Buffalo Springfield would have been proud to produce the dark and rolling "The quiet one" with echoes of 60s psychedelica. While the "lads" might be advised to try and invest a bit more energy into the pictures on their album covers I suppose it does convey some of the mood of this album. That said Darker Circles is by no means maudlin or depressing it is very fine album by a band who deserve some real recognition.