It's tough to believe Nils Edenloff's seemingly earnest admiration for Canada's under-appreciated regions is wholly legit. After all, what advantage does hailing from rural Alberta really present? Yet Edenloff's Toronto-based trio, The Rural Alberta Advantage, is awash in iconography from the Great White North with nary a wink or nod in sight.

It's tough to believe Nils Edenloff's seemingly earnest admiration for Canada's under-appreciated regions is wholly legit. After all, what advantage does hailing from rural Alberta really present? Yet Edenloff's Toronto-based trio, The Rural Alberta Advantage, is awash in iconography from the Great White North with nary a wink or nod in sight.

Consider the sighing Smashing Pumpkins balladry of "Frank, AB" and the lightweight Arcade Fire stomp of "The Deathbridge in Lethbridge," odes to Edenloff's formative years in the countryside near Edmonton. Dude's love for his homeland runs deep.

So, apparently, does his love for Neutral Milk Hotel, whose Jeff Mangum could easily be the spirit addressed in highlight "Don't Haunt This Place" for the way his nasally vocals and ambitious arrangements so color this record.

Hometowns is its own beast, though, one that grows friendlier with each successive spin.