Release Date: Feb 14, 2020
Record label: Transgressive
Genre(s): Reggae, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
Micah Visser, the mind behind Boniface , is a strategic and eloquent storyteller. The album is an unguarded, autobiographical account of Visser's most precious and challenging moments. The music doesn't just shine, it reveals the individual struggle of "growing up, moving on, and everything that happens in between," says Visser. The album opens with "Waking Up in Suburbia," a minimalist piano ballad, peppered with touches of strings.
In the hands of Micah Visser, Winnipeg is a grey hinterland no longer — it's a kaleidoscopic dream world, a teen romance made concrete, a sunset to be driven into endlessly. Their self-titled debut as Boniface plays like some lost Brat Pack coming-of-age soundtrack, where lovers meet in the middle of the night and cars are portals of escape, to new bodies and new cities. Following the piano-led "Waking Up in Suburbia," the record is an explosion of maximalist neon pop-rock, a cascade of big drums, gossamer synths and driving guitar ….
On their debut self-titled album, Canadian solo artist Boniface battles with hometown associations, offering an intimate coming of age story told through upbeat synth-pop and stripped back piano ballads. Bookended by both odes to and critiques of suburban living, the majority of 'Boniface' explores the everyday realities of growing up against the social grain. Underpinned by a poignant sincerity, Boniface - otherwise known as Micah Visser - wrote and recorded much of the record in their family home.