Release Date: Jan 22, 2016
Record label: Outside Music
On Twitter, Aidan Knight writes often and fondly about food, so it's fitting that his third LP, Each Other, features serving instructions in the liner notes: "To achieve the greatest quality, please enjoy these recordings on your home stereo system or stereo headphones. " Heed his advice: Each Other is delicate, intricate, and best enjoyed with a bit of care to do justice to its meticulous assembly. This careful crafting doesn't come at the expense of raw emotion.
An astute observer of intimate endeavors, Aidan Knight maintains the introspective gaze that found him making a mark with his bewitching debut, Small Reveal, in 2012. Hushed and deliberative, his sophomore set Each Other places the emphasis on nuance, as manifest in the low cast gaze that shrouds the album overall. Subtlety is the key component here; on songs such as “Each Other,” “Black Dream” and “All Clear,” the melodies barely rise above a whisper, but the atmosphere and ambiance create a special fascination all its own.
While talk of music hailing from British Columbia may inspire expectations of big, robust, outdoorsy tunes, the sounds on Aidan Knight’s latest venture suggest quite the reverse. Deeply textured with sonic nuance, these songs are so personal that intrusion feels inappropriate. The title track bubbles over and blends into the plangent All Clear without the listener even noticing the join and suddenly you arrive in the land of Funeral Singers, whose lyric was written in part during a visit to the McGill Health Centre’s emergency room.