A golden-hued return from the Canadian songwriter...
'Each Other'

Canadian songwriter Aidan Knight may well be onto his third album, but ‘Each Other’ has a freshness about it that forces you to look at his work anew.

Perhaps it’s a matter of timing. ‘Each Other’ is the artist’s first full length statement in four years, and it emerges to a new set of reference points – the lush, seductive baritone delivery recalls Father John Misty at times, while the gently intensity of the songwriting works as effectively as Phosphorescent.

Ultimately, though, Aidan Knight remains a quite singular talent. ‘Each Other’ has a hazy atmosphere of Americana, but viewed from a distance – there’s more of the rolling Canadian prairies than the golden mid-West at work here. The title track is a soft, supple opener, while ‘All Clear’ and ‘Funeral Singers’ have an under-stated effectiveness.

‘What Light (Never Goes Dim)’ is arguably the album’s centrepiece, and perhaps the finest example of Aidan’s artistry to date. The complex yet fascinating poetry of the lyric is matched to fragrant acoustic guitar, the warmth of the arrangement sitting against that voice, words tumbling over the flicker of steel strings.

The slightness of touch can be devastating. ‘St Cristina’ is a beautifully honed vignette, done and dusted in 100 seconds, while closing track ‘Black Dream’ is remarkably intense for something that lacks little longer than the average Top 40 single. A compact, incisive return, ‘Each Other’ lingers long in the memory, urging further plays. Easy on the ear yet hard on the heart, Aidan Knight has delivered something very fine indeed.

7/10

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