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Aidan Knight – “A Mirror”

Aidan Knight
Victoria, BC-based songwriter Aidan Knight is back with his second album. It’s called Small Reveal and it’s due out October 23 on Outside Music.

The single “A Mirror” is below. It’s a sweetly sensitive folk tune with an inventive arrangement that includes hiccuping rhythms and tastefully placed strings and horns.

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A friendly shake of hands

Over there...made you look!
Aidan Knight‘s Versicolour is really picking up steam as of late; he’s up for two Bucky Awards and it seems like he’s on the radio constantly. Right on cue, the Victoria, BC-based singer-songwriter is putting out a new 7″ via Adventure Boys Club. Go to Exclaim! to read my article about it (plus this article about the Bucky Awards).

Here’s the A-side, “Friendly Fires.” It’s a chilly tune, building up from a sombre lament to a harmony-laden folk rocker. It takes guts to release a song with pauses this long.

MP3: “Friendly Fires”
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Caught in the spokes

Extreme Close-Up! WAAAGGGHHH!!!
Printed on the back of Aidan Knight‘s debut album, Versicolour, is the following message:

Made in Canada. All unauthorized duplication of this recording is pretty sweet. In fact, we encourage the use of mixtapes and sharing of music online. If you enjoy this music in any way, please enquire at for show dates, etc!

Awesome. In the spirit of unauthorized duplication, here’s the album’s haunting opening track, “The Sun.” Piano arpeggios, acoustic and electronic percussion, angelic harmonies and a sublime orchestral climax. Glorious.

I reviewed Versicolour in this week’s Georgia Straight. The album is due out March 2.

MP3: “The Sun”
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That’s my man, that’s my brother

Aidan Knight
Earlier this year, I wrote about Aidan Knight‘s Pre-Release EP, a teaser previewing tracks from his then-untitled debut full-length. Although it only contained two songs, it gave good reason to get excited about the LP; the timeless acoustic strummer “Jasper” was especially compelling, its delicate folk arrangement as uplifting as its baptismal lyrics.

Pre-Release EP has since been taken down, but details about the album have finally emerged. It’s called Versicolour, and is due out early next year via the imprint Adventure Boys Club. “Jasper” is the first single, and as well as receiving a sparkling new mix, the song now has an accompanying video. It’s mostly stop motion animation, showing a ball of string swirling around a bowl of cereal. It ends with a party scene, young and old coming together over drinks and homemade pizza. It’s a heart-warming clip, befitting the song’s communal vibe.

For more, head over to Aidan Knight’s website, where, in exchange for your e-mail address, you can download “Jasper” plus one other unreleased track from Versicolour (the horn-laden “Fighting Against Your Lungs”). Alternatively, you can download “Jasper” below.

mp3: “Jasper”
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Bathed my heels in Jasper

That picture isn’t a placeholder—it’s the actual artwork of Pre-Release EP by the Victoria-based singer-songwriter Aidan Knight. He plays guitar in the power pop quintet Maurice, and as a solo artist he has released a series of low key mini-EPs through his website. The latest, Pre-Release EP, was posted in January of this year, and it is the best of the bunch. As the title and artwork suggest, it’s not intended as a stand-alone work, but is a teaser for his forthcoming (as-yet-untitled) debut full-length.

“Jasper” follows a traditional folk blueprint, with simple three-chord strumming, lap steel guitar, and banjo arpeggios. It’s the kind of tune that could have been written any time in the last 50 years, sounding timeless without pretension—don’t worry, there’s no faux-Southern twang here. The lyrics, which describe bathing in a river to be reborn, presumably refer to Jasper National Park in Alberta. Given the resolute secularism of most modern indie music, it’s tempting to read the song as a celebration of communion with nature; still, it’s tough to ignore the biblical implications of lines such as “What a relief to see all your sins absolved.”

“Knitting Something Nice for You,” the second of the EP’s two tracks, takes things into a more experimental direction. Beginning with sparse acoustic plucking and synthesizer drones, the song soon swells to a chorus of densely layered vocals. Halfway through, it unexpectedly changes completely, with the sudden entrance of keyboards and drums. Even though the chord progression remains constant, it’s not until the reentrance of the vocal line that it even sounds like the same song. This ultimately gives way to an experimental noise outro, as the final 45 seconds are made up of static swells and sampled vocal loops.

Based on Knight’s written description of the EP, the songs on Pre-Release are rough mixes of tracks that will appear on the upcoming full-length. There are no other concrete details offered regarding the LP, but these songs provide a compelling reason to keep checking back for updates. The EP is available from Aidan’s website as a free 128k download, with 320k files being offered for a donation.
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