It has been a year and some change since Twin River released their debut record, Should The Light Go Out. On the back of singles like the thrilling 'Bend To Break' and hauntingly swaggering 'Secret In A Séance,' the Vancouver-based group was able to generate a fair amount of traction. The group was born as a low-key folk duo, but Should The Light Go Out introduced the world to a jangly, synth-laden power pop outfit that could check all the boxes required to fit onto a modern C86 compilation.

The band's sophomore LP, Passing Shade, is not a tremendous departure from their prior record's formula. The guitars still possess a vague resemblance to something Johnny Marr would cook up, with a touch of modernity (think of a more atmospheric version of Cut Off Your Hands). Vocalist Courtney Ewan Bromley still possesses a fantastic and distinctive voice that seems to cull from the best qualities of Blondie's Debbie Harry and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino. All the same pieces are here.

But where Passing Shade really shines is in its cohesion. This is a ten track, 37-minute collection that never once falls out of step. The album transitions from punky cut 'Baby' to soulful ballad 'Known To Run' to the shimmering twinkle of album highlight 'Settle Down' without a single miscue. 2016 has been a great year for music, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a more consistent and unified album than Passing Shade, which is really saying something.

The aforementioned 'Settle Down' and lead single 'Antony' are two of the most pleasing jangle pop singles of the year, with angular and propulsive guitar leads that provide the perfect bed for Bromley's stirring vocals. It is one thing to have a cohesive product, but a really good album requires cohesion and standouts tracks. This is understandably a tall order. But Twin River delivers both and they do so without making it seem like a chore. The group is increasingly confident in their abilities as songwriters and it shows here.

Twin River is the sort of band that makes you wonder why they aren't more popular. In a fair and just world, Passing Shade should remedy this issue. It is a great slice of pop rock that has a little something for everybody. Indie lovers can obsess over the group's electrifying take on a sound that is vaguely familiar and refreshing at the same time, while the more pop-oriented crowd can rejoice in the power of the group's melodies and Bromley's incredible voice. Twin River is a band on the cusp and Passing Shade proves they deserve to tip right on over into the big time.