Andy Kim and Kevin Drew might not be household names (at least, not yet), but doubtless you've heard each artist's music before. Industry vet Kim co-wrote the Archies' -- yes, the '60s cartoon band fronted by comic book character Archie -- 1969 No. 1 hit "Sugar Sugar," along with a few other classics like 1974's "Rock Me Gently" and "Shoot 'Em Up Baby."
The latter, originally released in 1968, is dreamily reprised on Kim's seventh studio LP, It's Decided, which he made in collaboration with Kevin Drew, co-founder of Toronto supergroup and indie superheroes Broken Social Scene. Like BSS' output, Drew's two solo LPs -- 2007's Spirit If... and 2010's Darlings -- wallow in sprawling ennui and heartbreak, while Drew turns his jaded gimlet eye to life's heartbreaking details.