Haunter has been a “young band” for a while, and they still are, even five years into it. With the Rivers & Rust LP the five piece follows up an EP and 7” that showcased the type of tight/sloppy “better than a garage band/nowhere near arena rock” aesthetic the Breeders have been perfecting since 1990. Opener July, 2005 is the tone-setter for the disc, delivering big guitars and bigger smiles, while Trans-Canada, Bring Us Home would fit well on an episode of the defunct 90s TV show Going Coastal alongside Jale, Thrush Hermit and The Inbreds. It’s that 90s innocence that works in the band’s favour, as does incorporating such local stars as Nathan’s Keri Latimer on Where I’m Calling From and Imaginary Cities’ Marti Sarbit on Assiniboine River Song. A daring and diverse disc that will wind up on many year end lists.