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Hopeful Monster

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Hopeful Monster,
the musical brainstorm of Jason Meredith Ball, spawn of Halifax
now languishing in Toronto & abetted by conspirators in both cities;
This ragtag assembly did wittingly unleash a lush, irreverent hullabaloo
Upon the world with their 2002 shiny blue eponymous debut,
Setting all enlightened tongues awag, from far to farther.
Yet nary a wink were wunk twixt sentinels
At the Gilded Canadian Music Citadel
Thus the brazen siege fell wayside, even as though unmarkèd.
And so with follow-up, Metatasking, searing-hot in hand,
The brave insurgents took the Isle of Indie Pop head on — this time, making land!
For fleetingly they caught the roving ear of agents within Public Radio,
And elicited a summons to attest their vision, in the form of Song Commission,
Unto a purpose called Song Quest — the rarest of CBC Radio 2 invitations,
Upon the occasion of that Esteemed Institution’s 2010 Compilation.
Upon fruition, the Composition was deemed acceptable for inclusion,
As well, upon the latest album — solo-effort-cum-collusion,
Insurrection — by the aforementioned Monster In Question:
Beautiful Island (2013), by times turbulent and serene,
Is a psychotropical whirligiggle from jaunty top to gloomy middle!
Piano clusters, brooding strings, bright guitars & glockenspiels & tiny, bristling things
Lead the listener through a dream, the third verse in an epic riddle.
('Round the web, the whispers whiffle: the fourth forthcometh in 2019!)

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