Alrighty, so I was in a Sunrise Records today and I had to pick up this album which I’ve been waiting for for months: that’s right. Kevins Drew‘s solo album Spirit If…I’m listening to it right now and it’s just plain groovalicious. Kevin Drew is just like the coolest guy ever and his music breaks my heart…despite the fact his lyrics range from absolute nonsense to absolute brilliance. The guy is also going out with Feist and yeah, that’s one hell of a power couple. Anyways, I was thinking about making the band of the week Kevin Drew or Broken Social Scene but everyone knows them already so I decided to give some attetion to one of the lesser known talents of the Social Scene.
Collett is (in addition to being a member of BSS) a folkish type singer-songwriter of the Dylanesque tradition. Even so, his material has that A&C vibe to it and of course members of the scene are present throughout his work. While his songs can be classified as folk, they are actually more pop/rock and the arrangements on the album are a little too complex to be traditionally considered folk despite the acoustic instruments and subtle rustic feel. The most intriguing thing about Collett is his voice. It’s the way he says things…it’s hard to describe, I noticed it mostly in his song “Gabrielle”. Just the way he says “gaaaaaaaaaybbrrrieeelllee”, the way the “bbbrrrr” sounds is just great. His lyrics are also often brilliant, check out this verse from “we all lose one another”:
“So this is the day of the dead
Bound by love unbound by flesh
This is for those who have gone before
Flower petals falling on the altar
This is just a gift
This is birth and this is death
All in the same breath.”
Lovely, lovely. Check out his album Idols of Exile if you can, it’s cool and Collett is an artist with plenty of talent and potential.
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