Something for All of Us... (Bonus Track Edition) by Brendan Canning on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

A founding member of Broken Social Scene, where he serves mostly as bass guru (here he plays guitar, keyboards, bass and other instruments), Brendan Canning’s solo outing makes a great pairing with the BSS Presents Kevin Drew release of 2007. They share a dreamy, psych-folk feel at the core, and both artists have a knack for turning out wistful, romantic expressions that feel oddly private. The first three tracks couldn’t be more perfect: “Something” goes from a sleepy guitar stretch to a softly rollicking BSS-style number with blunted shards of guitar and a slightly ominous, catchy chorus; “Chameleon” tumbles along on a ghostly female vocal, French horn, and spacey guitars, before it morphs into a surprisingly meaty tune; “Hit the Wall” is propulsive, shimmering and downright intoxicating. The meandering “All the Best Toys...” and “Been At It So Long” weave horns, synths, acoustic guitars, and strings into pastoral, cinematic constructs, while the surprising “Love is New” translates as updated disco for the times, all plump, acrobatic bass lines and slinky Blondie-style rhythms. The translucent and delicate “Snowballs and Icicles” and “Take Care, Look Up” evoke the quiet and introspective moments of Alex Chilton and Chris Bell. High praise, indeed.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A founding member of Broken Social Scene, where he serves mostly as bass guru (here he plays guitar, keyboards, bass and other instruments), Brendan Canning’s solo outing makes a great pairing with the BSS Presents Kevin Drew release of 2007. They share a dreamy, psych-folk feel at the core, and both artists have a knack for turning out wistful, romantic expressions that feel oddly private. The first three tracks couldn’t be more perfect: “Something” goes from a sleepy guitar stretch to a softly rollicking BSS-style number with blunted shards of guitar and a slightly ominous, catchy chorus; “Chameleon” tumbles along on a ghostly female vocal, French horn, and spacey guitars, before it morphs into a surprisingly meaty tune; “Hit the Wall” is propulsive, shimmering and downright intoxicating. The meandering “All the Best Toys...” and “Been At It So Long” weave horns, synths, acoustic guitars, and strings into pastoral, cinematic constructs, while the surprising “Love is New” translates as updated disco for the times, all plump, acrobatic bass lines and slinky Blondie-style rhythms. The translucent and delicate “Snowballs and Icicles” and “Take Care, Look Up” evoke the quiet and introspective moments of Alex Chilton and Chris Bell. High praise, indeed.

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About Brendan Canning

Brendan Canning, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of Canadian indie rock supergroup Broken Social Scene (BSS), has recorded under numerous tent poles, including stints in By Divine Right and hHead, and also as a solo performer. His solo debut for the Broken Social Scene Presents series, Something for All of Us..., was released in summer 2008 on the group's independent Arts & Crafts label. It was followed in 2013 by the Draper Street/SQE-issued You Gots 2 Chill. Canning later returned to record for BSS' longtime label Arts + Crafts, where he enlisted several of his former bandmates to join him on his third solo LP, 2016's Home Wrecking Years. ~ James Christopher Monger

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