reviewed by Laura Stanley
All it takes is the few seconds of boisterous sounds from the first song, “i try,” for elsethings, the new record from Halifax musician Nick Everett, to capture your attention. In a change from his previous releases, which when cited Everett hilariously writes, “you can listen to Nick crying in his bedroom in 2011 here,” every inch of elsethings is full of layered and beautiful noises, melodies, and Everett’s sweet, sweet vocals.
This big soundscape of elsethings is due in large part to Everett’s new band which make up the Everybody of Nick Everett & Everybody – Scott Boudreau on bass, Adam White on percussion, and Bram Bontje contributing on French horns. The sounds of this full band makes this previously mentioned musical change but, with that being said, the folk core of Everett’s past works is far from lost. Recorded in various locations while touring across Canada, each new space that Everett and his gang recorded in, adds a different and organic atmosphere, again helping to create this incredible ambiance.
To begin, Everett and co. group three songs together, “i try (e.i),” “aim (e. ii),” and “hold on (e. ii),” for a trifecta of big folky numbers. Transitioning with ease from one track to the other, it wouldn’t be hard to think that these three songs were recorded as one long one and then just split up later on, “i try (e. i)” swells with brilliance and sounds right into “aim (e. ii),” a languid and lush number, which then in turn transforms into “hold on (e. iii).”
In one of my favourite lyrics from 2013 so far, Everett sings in the chorus of “hold on,” “And sometimes it’s easier to wake up in the morning, drink my coffee, and head right back to bed.” Despite the big time distortion of the song, there’s a poppy feeling in this chorus as well as the background instrumentation which transcends into the following, and easily the most energetic song from elsethings, “get out.”
After an all instrumental bridge, appropriately entitled “bridge,” elsethings sadly comes to an end with its final song, “hark.” A quieter and more solum song compared to the rest of the short album, Everett leaves behind the Everybody for a pure acoustic number that allows for, what I first found about Everett so great, his fantastic voice, to have a well deserved spotlight.
For fans of Patrick Watson and Paper Beat Scissors, Nick Everett is also expertly expanding the boundaries of the Canadian folk genre into not-so-typical territory for stellar results.
elsethings is available on Bandcamp for name your price and is also available to purchase on tape – what’s a tape? (Kidding)
Top Tracks: “hold on (e. iii)” “get out”
Rating: Hunting Call (Excellent) + *swoop*