Tuesday, March 27, 2012

captivating vernacular

The Secret Languages
- Drew Smith

Hamilton musician Drew Smith has become almost as referenced for his creative approach to producing videos of his songs as he is for making the music itself. You may recall the video for Love Teeth, featured a few months ago on this blog. The lovely and evocative video was produced by South Korean animator Sohee Jeon, Smith's former ESL student. More recently, Drew Smith's decision to outsource the video for Smoke and Mirrors to Asha Sarella, a teacher with a dance company in Bangalore, resulted in a beautifully choreographed Bollywood production. Oh yeah, and a feature in The New York Times.

Both songs appear on Drew Smith's second album, The Secret Languages, a sonic web of melodic entrapment.
Smith has a boldly ethereal voice, with qualities somewhat reminiscent of Thom Yorke, which floats over and weaves throughout richly layered instrumentation. There is a decadent complexity to The Secret Languages, a languorous escalation of sound textures that draws you in and hold you close.

There's a confidence to The Secret Languages that belies its sophomore status. With an assurance far more suited to a musician with a dozen albums and a handful of world tours behind him, Smith lays down ten solid tracks that just beg you to continually hit the repeat button. Not bad for a self-produced album.

I loved this album.



Allison said...

I really do think it's going to be a great year for Canadian music. (steeple hands)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I suspect we won't even require an evil genius to ensure that, Al.

bloody awful poetry said...

For a minute there I got Drew Smith confused with Drew Grow (& The Pastor's Wives, who also make lovely music which you must check out, if you haven't already). This Drew Smith fellow sounds extremely interesting as well. You had me at "ethereal", and also at "beautifully choreographed Bollywood production".

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I don't know Drew Grow and the Pastor's Wives, BAP, but I love the name and since you have great taste in music, I will investigate.
I was pleased to discover that Sara and Kelly from Olenka and the Autumn Lovers play strings on this album. Worlds colliding!