Why do you stand so close to me?

Not a sap
I’ve got a confession: I tend to be kind of dismissive of solo artists. When I hear about a new solo artist, I immediately imagine that he or she (but usually he) is another singer-songwriter in the Jack Johnson mould. Thankfully, that’s not the case with Halifax’s Jon McKiel. Here’s the song “Motion Pictures” from his new EP Confidence Lodge. This isn’t sappy dude-with-acoustic-guitar music. It’s a driving rocker that bristles with lo-fi distortion, distant vocal harmonies and infectious pop hooks. The chorus is catchy as hell, but McKiel only gives us two of them, meaning that the song clocks in at just under two minutes. He could have easily done a third go-around, but his restraint means that you’ll want to listen to this one again.

Incidentally, the track slightly resembles Broken Social Scene, which is about as a far away from sounding like a solo artist as you can possibly get.

MP3: “Motion Pictures”
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  1. Posted January 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    One of my fav local artists.

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