If there was any justice in the world, Aidan Knight might be one of your
favourite artists. But life is unfair,
and Knight’s career has flown beneath the radar since his 2010 debut album.
It doesn’t help that he hasn’t released a record in three years, but, poor time-keeping aside,
this Canadian troubadour is in need of the wider acclaim that ‘Each Other’ once again suggests he deservers.Knight
Knight’s third album sets us adrift in a sea of opulent, folksypop. It might be short, running a shade over thirty minutes,Knight
but in just eight tracks he packs together the bittersweet melancholia of Sufjan Stevens (‘St. Christina’), Knight
the lush arrangements of Andrew Bird (‘What Light (Never Goes Dim)’) and the wistful vocals of Jeff Buckley (‘All Clear’). Knight
It pays off on Knight’s early promise, showing that while he might
not be as prolific as his contemporaries, Knight
he’s more than their musical equal.Knight
“I know there’s power left in the way we sing to each other” he on standout track ‘Funeral Singers’: ‘Each Other’
proof positive that sentiment is true, just as 2012’s ‘Small Reveal’ was so apt a title.Knight
On ‘Adore Life’, romantic desire is portrayed as a visceral, allconsuming experience, rather than a passive state.
During ‘Sad Person’, Beth describes the emotion as “a disease” that infects lovers like “a rush of cocaine – the more you have,
the more you crave,” and teases predatorily, “I’m not gonna hurt you,
‘cause I’m flirting with you”.
Lust looms large throughout, bringing pain and vulnerability as well as
and Beth’s exploration of this dichotomy lends the album real
‘Bamboo’ comes on like a clattering attempt at classic Shangri-La’s style pop, right down to its lyrics,
which brutally take a boy down for being too aloof for his own good – “I know you’re not hungover today,” they yelp, “you’re
classifying your cassettes!”
‘Leave Me Alone’ is an unassuming debut album – the kind of record you
wouldn’t think could reach the kind of following the band already has.
Then again, after such a sudden surge in popularity, it’s all the more
impressive that Hinds haven’t compromised a thing about their
If you don’t want to take Hinds as they are, they won’t miss you… but
it’s your loss.
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