CC Trubiak – They Say I’m Different

cc trubiak’s album they say i’m different is not what i expected. upon blindly picking it up at the stylus meeting and believing it to be some sort of rhymesayers or break bread style of hip-hop, imagine my surprise at it being an acoustic singer-songwriter affair. names like montreal’s patrick watson and groups like beirut come to mind in terms of contemporary artists. trubiak has a subtle voice that really carries these tracks about love (lost and found). this record is highly advised, not only for fans of the aforementioned patrick watson and beirut but for fans of james taylor as well. (Independent, c.frsn

Esmerine – La Lechuza

Esmerine is an impressive collective of musicians with core members Bruce Cawdron of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Beckie Foon of Thee Silver Mt. Zion. The album is dedicated to recently deceased musician Lhasa De Sela. Lhasa’s harpist Sarah Page, Patrick Watson and Colin Stetson all contribute to La Lechuza. “Snow Day for Lhasa” is a notable track, featuringWatson’s vocals and an austere harp melody. “Little Streams Make Big Rivers” follows the album’s orchestral theme yet is reflective of Godspeed’s brooding pace and style. “Fish on Land” is a haunting song with Lhasa’s vocals, paced slow with a minimal piano and violin composition. La Lechuza is a wonderful orchestral album. (Constellation, Kyra Leib