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Album Review

Had Andrew Whiteman never attempted to play the Cuban guitar, let alone stay eight weeks on an island in the Caribbean Sea, Apostle of Hustle might not have come to be. Apostle of Hustle allowed him to expand his indie rock palate into a nocturnal sphere of Latin music and post rock/experimental threads for what is the mind-bending soundscape of Folkloric Feel. It's complimentary to the various Broken Social Scene offshoots — Valley of the Giants and Stars — but also a connection of sorts to Whiteman's personal background and interests. The album's title track highlights the overall cinematic backdrop from the start; sweeping percussion arrangements from Dean Stone and Julian Brown's treading upright bass delivery carries Whiteman's achingly beautiful sentiments of love, truth, and wonder. Select members from the Arts & Crafts recording family — Brendan Canning, Evan Cranley, Feist, Kevin Drew, Amy Milan, Dave Newfeld, and Lucy Bain — add to the mesmerizing dynamic of Folkloric Feel. From Newfeld's streamlined production to Drew's chilled piano sounds to Feist's charming harmonies on "King & Queens" and "Animal Fat," Folkloric Feel is a love fantasy. Hushing acoustic guitars creep along to the electric riffs of "Sleepwalking Ballad" for an eerie, yet radiant Jeff Buckley-like moment. "Baby, You're in Luck," which borrows from Toronto singer/songwriter Alex Lukashevsky's "Tammy Twococks," frolics with sparse Latin shades and Milan's icy vocals for the album's darkest, heartbreaking narrative. Apostle of Hustle offers an abstract, poetic design and fluid emotional illustrations a plenty on this album. Whiteman's personal honesty and seriousness for fleshing out what's in his head (and his heart) is what makes Folkloric Feel a stunning 2004 release. Apostle of Hustle is Whiteman's chance to be a storyteller and Folkloric Feel is his fairy tale.

Customer Reviews

Great guitar work

This album is kind of like a complex, yet delicious chocolate bar that possesses many layers and various ingredients that compliment the overall satisfying and engaging experience. It has elements that are familiar (Broken Social Scene flavour) while having more exotic Cuban flavours. You will be left happy and yearning for more as it delivers a healthy dose of hooks, original compositions, unique sounds and quality percussions; highly recommended for those who enjoy the other BBS/Arts&Craft chocolate bars.

Poetic

I have fallen in love with this album all over again after not listening to it for a few months. The title track is a beautifully crafted piece that takes us on a winding journey of both time and key signature. Great harmonies in Animal Fat (thank you Leslie Feist). The album as a whole is truly art and should be enjoyed in it's entirety. Whitey has one of the most distinctive guitar sounds going, with hints of Gordie Johnson influeneces clearly evident. As your mom said when you didn't want to eat your spinach - "try it, you'll like it", only your mom lied, I however speak the truth.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Andrew Whiteman created the atmospheric post-rock/experimental sound of Apostle of Hustle in 2001. Whiteman returned to his native Toronto to resume writing and recording with Broken Social Scene after a two-month stay with his godmother's family in Cuba. He learned to play the tres, a Cuban guitar, during that time. But in the midst of making the Juno Award-winning You Forgot It in People album, Whiteman couldn't escape the Spanish musical flavors of his time spent in El Barrio Santo Suarez. In...
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