[Album Review] Aidan Knight- Each Other
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Release Date: January 22nd, 2015
Label: Outside Music/Full Time Hobby

It’s been a while since we’ve been graced by an Aidan Knight album. It’s been a while since his previous Small Reveal and  Each Other is a quiet reflection of the two and a half years that have since flown by.

For this album Knight recruited Marcus Paquin who’s worked with the likes of The National and Local Natives. The arrangements lush, but not to the extent of being too much. There’s a sparse quality that makes it seem so simple. This establishes itself in the title track and opener “Each Other” with its instrumental interludes. The proceeding track “All Clear” if placed beside something by Bahamas I would’ve sworn it belonged there. The timbre of his voice here sounds so much like Afie.

“I’m not in love with the sound of my voice”, Knight sings on the beginning of “What Light (Never Goes Dim)”. For the listener it’s really hard not to fall in love with his voice. There’s an effortlessness and sincerity in his gentle delivery. It’s never too hidden  and the majority of the time at the forefront of the serene flourishes throughout. Lyrics are brimming with observations and there are periodic uses of the two words “each other” that title the album throughout.

Knight makes simplicity charming and restraint charming. There are only 8 tracks on the album but they go from the  under minute St. Christina” to the almost 7 minute “The Arp”. The latter includes a brilliant solo guitar before coming to an epic horn-aided conclusion at the end. I like that the raw sounds were kept between the transitions of “St. Christina” to the fluttery guitars of “You Are Not Here” where the sound of hand moving across the frets can be heard.

By the time you finish Each Other, you’ll be smitten with the Victoria singer. Aidan Knight’s third album is full of slow-burners, but it takes time to fall in love.