Despite being home to a collection of bands such as Frog Eyes, Armchair Cynics, and Hot Hot Heat, Victoria B.C. is not particularly known for its music scene. The biggest act to arise from the eccentric city is Nelly Furtado, but she’s hardly made a dent in the music scene since 2002. Using a collection of odd instruments from his father’s second-hand shop, Aidan Knight has managed to break through the seal of Vancouver Island and emerge into the business on his own terms.
Knight’s music is like being dropped into a dream, exploring sounds you’ve never experienced yet feeling soothed by the familiarity of his voice. Knight embraces and transforms the unique culture and sound of his home into a whimsical journey on his third studio album, Each Other/ The raw, organic feel to his music transfers the ideals and characteristics of Vancouver Island to his listeners—think towering dark green forests, a lingering smell of rain, and rocky ocean beaches.
The shaky, yet soothing vocals on opening track “Each Other” lead the album through a drearily optimistic collection of eight songs. With many dips and turns throughout, his voice often seems to melt into the music on songs like “You Are Not Here” and “What Light (Never Goes Dim).” He should, however, be cautious of repetition—the beginning and endings of songs begin to melt together as the album progresses. Knight looks to Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Canadian legend Daniel Lanois for influence, but still captures his own original sound. All three musicians share a love for indie-rock guitar-playing, and it’s clear that Knight harnesses the same talent and maturity in his music. His lyrics are inspired by his life and observations and is never afraid to push creative boundaries.
Knight perfectly blends his resonant voice with textured layers of haunting sound, understated and subtle at times but leaving a lasting impression. A particularly spectral song, “Funeral Singers,” includes female accompanying vocals similar to that of Of Monsters and Men. Knight’s eerie and breezy melodies are perfect for a mellow Sunday morning, and in perfect B.C. fashion, with an endless drizzle of rain in the background. Commencing his UK Tour for Each Otherthis February, this may be the first time you’re hearing Aidan Knight’s name, but it won’t be the last.
“Nothing’s important, at least not tonight”
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Angus and Julia Stone, City and Colour, Wilco