These are two new cuts off Broken Social Scene member Jason Collett’s third studio album, Here’s to Being Here. Again, he’s an Arts & Crafts label member.
“This is very much an old school guitar record, in the sense of it being very tasteful… that’s one of the greater accomplishments of this record” says Collett, “recording in bigger spaces and live off the floor allowed us to capture some of the band energy. This allowed for spontaneous creations, which led to many wonderful little accidents.”
The album was recorded in Toronto with producer Howie Beck and that old school guitar sound comes in no small part from backing band Paso Mino. It also features guest performances by fellow Broken Social Scene member and Apostle of Hustle front man Andrew Whiteman, as well as long time friend Tony Scherr (Norah Jones, John Scofield), and Liam O?Neil (The Stills) to name a few.
We can only hope that this album is as good as the first solo disc from BSS frontman Kevin Drew. Collett for his part will be playing several concert dates at the house band at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern beginning Dec. 4.
Both songs have nice guitar work and you can hear why he’d call it his guitar record.? Oddly, however, both tracks seem to have taken a page out of the Bobby Dylan play book and not in a bad way either.? “Angel” is an ambling track with subtle guitar lines, reggae basslines, with the underpinnigs of a middle eastern horns and “Out of Time” has that familar patois we all know and love.? It’s countrified and man that falsetto “oh oh oh oh oh” is great to whistle to.
Here’s to Being Here is out Feb.? 5