Review: Brendan Canning – You Gots 2 Chill
Published on December 5th, 2013 | Jonny Abrams
You Gots 2 Chill, Brendan Canning’s first album fully independent of Broken Social Scene, is quite the quiet marvel, immediately embracing with the warmth and intimacy of his fingerpicking technique, understated vocals and soft, textural harmonies.
Broken Social Scene fans might want to consider the likes of “Looks Just Like the Sun” and “Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl” as reference points of sorts, but it’s more Nick Drake than that, with a dash of The Sea and Cake too owing to the occasional worming-in of synth.
The Sea and Drake, anyone? No? Fine, whatever.
“Plugged In” is so otherworldly and mysterious as to make for a wonderful centre piece, but there’s ingenuity spilling out of its every musical orifice: there’s the whirring electronic interference in the background of “Never Go to the Races”, Daniela Gesundheit’s gorgeous lead vocal on the sheer splendour of “Bullied Days”, and “Late Night Stars” is sufficiently bewitching to do good by its title.
Thinking on, ‘bewitching’ is a nifty one-word summation of You Gots 2 Chill. Or ‘beguiling’. Words like that. Well in Mr Canning, basically.
You Gots 2 Chill is out now on SQE Music.
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