Monday, February 6, 2012

Michael Cantor - Bless All The Debris

Michael Cantor is a songwriter who has spent time in various hardcore bands around Washington DC. Though here, Michael shows us his versatile talent in the singer/songwriter field. Fronted with guitar and vocals, but accented with some more airy instrumentation, the simplicity of these songs rings out pretty well. There's something here that supersedes the possibility of this just being the soundtrack to some new hip indie movie. There's a rawness to it that shows a lot of authenticity and I find myself drawn to that quality.

"Bless All The Debris" is the title track that kicks the record off, featuring a nice trade off between acoustic and electric guitar. The vocals are uniquely pitched and have a likeable characteristic to them. At about 1:35 the vocal harmonies create some nice texture and avoid the nasal ridden trap that most artists fall into when executing this type of thing. "Spectres of Projection" has a great, warm sound to it, layered with strings and vocal harmonies.

"No Sound" abandons the guitar all together in exchange for some very eerie piano that almost hangs in motion with it's notes. It's a beautiful arrangement and once again showcases the ability to craft something breathtaking from such simplicity. "Better Halves" utilizes some tremelo ridden, dirty guitar that almost speaks with hopeless when it dives in and out of the choruses. I found the technique really creative. The track ends with what sounds like the guitars coming to a slow death of feedback on drowning notes.

I find myself extremely impressed with this record. Similar to how singer/songwriter Waxahatchee made me feel last month, I will be looking forward to playing this on late night drives.

Listen to the whole thing here.