Partially inspired by a trip Greenspan took to Shanghai—rarely heard explicitly, though check those Chinese harps on "Itchy Fingers"!—and recorded there as well as in Berlin and Hamilton, Ontario, It's All True finds the two retracing the elegant expansive textures of their last record while, for the most part, grounding their tracks in the kind of rhythmic jumpabouts we haven't really heard from them since their debut (both "Itchy Fingers" and "A Truly Happy Ending," for example, are as jubilant as anything they've recorded). If "Playtime" pulls back the reins on this pattern, a slow Rhodes crawl atop ticking drum machines, then it's decidedly the quietest thing here. "You'll Improve Me" squiggles across a sturdy clap-and-kit beat on a series of funky synth blurts into its hopeful, joyous chorus, while with its woozy toy-like synthesizer melodies and thin rhythmic guitar "Second Chance" recalls the synthetic soul-tech of acts like Metro Area.
After the aborted (and absolutely unnecessary) stumble-bum largely instrumental workout "Kick the Can," the Junior Boys finish up It's All True with two of its most refreshing cuts. I mentioned it as a reference point before, and it's not typically one associated with the two, but the flashing synth rolls and soft, strolling guitars that open "ep" are downright beardo, arguably the most AM gold offering in their catalogue. But it's really on nine-minute closer "Banana Ripple" where the two offer up the unexpected, voyaging into propulsive floor filler status. Beginning as another of their expressive struts, the track winds through phony horn section parts and multi-tracked vocals from what sounds like a roomful of friends all muttering vaguely tuneful things into a day-burst chorus with Greenspan in his silkiest croon, "and you'll never see me, and you'll never see me, and you'll never see me go." Greenspan has insisted the track includes some 170 tracks of audio, and to listen to it on headphones is to believe him. It's a daring and over-stuffed epic from a duo that's made their name largely on the sophistication in their restraint.