You’ll Never Get To Heaven’s Images is a record worth repeated listens.


By the time you read this, DOMINIONATED’s 2017 will be nearly in the books. In mere seventy-two hours, we’ll be sharing our annual list of fifty favourite albums, on which You’ll Never Get To Heaven’s Images won’t appear (not for lack of trying, though). I personally didn’t feel I could let the year come to a close without putting my thoughts and interpretations on the London, Ontario-based duo’s third album into a post.

In a year that’s seen a remarkable number of notable Canadian releases, Images, like its ethereal, gauzy soundscapes, floated on the outer periphery of my playlists. At times overshadowed by bigger, bolder, bizarre records (cough- Everything Now-cough), Images was one of a small number of albums that I could return to after a time and discover with fresh ears. With my most recent return, the minimalist, skittering beats of the title track jumped out in a way they hadn’t previously; before that, the haunting piano-led “Wind”, on which vocalist Alice Hansen’s hushed and muted tones are lovingly set in Chuck Blazevic’s beautiful arrangement, had me in rapture and listening on repeat.

If music blogging in 2017 has taught me anything, it’s that excellent music never has an expiration date. Some records need time and space to percolate in one’s thoughts in order to reveal their truths slowly, at their own pace. I felt from the outset that Images was going to be a record I talked about, recommended to others, and ultimately wrote about for this site. I’ve had notes and scraps of thoughts about it written down as far back as its release in March. Maybe I just needed all the noise and hoopla to settle down. Perhaps I just needed time without distractions to fully absorb what You’ll Never Get To Heaven has achieved on this highly accomplished, slow-burning highlight of the past twelve months.

Better late than never.

Joseph Shabason