Frozen Toad’s “Where the Birch Meets the Pines”
Yes. Coming from the hinterlands of Canada’s northwest, Frozen Toad is a five-piece band with a strong debut album Where the Birch Meets the Pines (available on iTunes, unless you’re travelling north soon.)
In the band’s own words, they sing songs ‘about living, loving, learning, leaving and returning north of 60 – everything Canadian.’
Each song on this album is testament to that. The opening song “Northern Woman,” is a tribute to the special kind of woman who’s bred in the North. It has a catchy guitar riff, and an even catchier hook “nobody does it like a Northern woman,” making the rest of us wonder just what we’re missing south of 60.
For those unfamiliar with it, the 60th parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 60 degrees north of the Earth’s equatorial plane.
“Keewatin Morning,” is a slower song, which perfectly describes, both in tone and lyrical content, the beauty of a perfect winter day. Another noteworthy song is “Settlement Town,” a country-esque, piece about the tenderness of finding love in a harsh environment.
Overall, the main thing you notice when listening to Frozen Toad, is that the melodies and musical talent, are only part of the appeal. They help to frame the lyrics, and create a story, one which makes you wonder about the land of the midnight sun, what really happens Where the Birch Meets the Pines?
Review by Brian Talmey