Aidan Knight and his band of squires (I’m so sorry) have imbued the songs on Each Other with a delicate melancholy, carried through by thoughtful lyrics, bold and spacious production, and lots of interesting textures. You’ll feel sad and comforted all at the same time. Released by Full Time Hobby.
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I’ve always dreamt of Boduf Songs having the arena rock scope of Coldplay, and Aidan Knight has kindly obliged my subconscious with ‘Each Other’. This record of twilit guitar riffs, swirling synth magic and soft, low-concept drama makes for a record of curiously epic bedroom pop; despite its full-bodied, hard-swinging arrangements, this still feels as lonely as the singer-songwriter tag suggests.
‘Each Other’ plays coy in between the lines of solo rocking and synth popping: a track like “The Funeral Singers” uses programmed beats and blustery chords to emphasise the vast space Knight’s created for his song, but at the same time he creates the feel of something sparser, like an early J. Tillman album that exists in some unspoken corner of a dark room -- before the whole thing explodes with the brass of Beirut and the ricocheting riffs of ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’. On “What Light (Never Goes Dim)”, he builds incrementally to a climax through a cascading synth line that plays over a National-esque piano motif and a half-forsaken drumbeat. It’s beautiful, because you can hear the climax getting stoked, anxiously waiting out its time underground.
There’s something to be said for an indie pop record as standard as this, in 2016, when it can actually grab the listener. Not all moments are like that; “The Arp” comes on too strong, firing out gnarled guitar chords and not giving their comedown enough space -- there’s too much brass, too consistent a drumbeat, too much of the debris in the remnants. Overall, though, this is workmanlike indie rock -- well arranged and smartly written -- becoming something a little more special than that.
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