Boxer The Horse – French Residency (Independent)

For their third release, Prince Edward Island’s Boxer The Horse has grown by leaps and bounds. The group hasn’t completely eschewed the Kinks-influence that dominated their previous releases however like a fine wine, their sound has definitely matured. Maturity doesn’t necessarily equal tameness though – Bridge To The USA and Rattle Your Cage sees the band break out of their comfort zone and turn in a couple of mesmerizing, fuzzy guitar performances that are among the standout tracks here. It will be interesting to see where the band goes next.