Music for the Day’s Dying Light
Montreal’s Daniel Isaiah is a lot like a Canadian Iron and Wine. Like Sam Beam, Isaiah has a background in the film industry. (Isaiah is an award-winning filmmaker, whereas Beam was a film professor.) Like Beam, Isaiah mines a kind of hushed, folksy brand of music. However, Isaiah peppers his lush sounds with a little bit of roots rock and Daniel Langois-esque atmospherics – so that’s pretty much where the comparisons end. Here, on Isaiah’s debut album, he pulls together a venerable who’s who of the Montreal indie scene with a little help from Plants and Animals’ Warren Spicer, Charlotte Loseth (aka Sea Oleena) and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra drummer Dave Payant. (All that’s missing is a member from Arcade Fire.)
High Twilight is a record full of all sorts of twists and turns, keeping delighted listeners well on their toes. “Candlemaker Row” is a jumpy country song that evokes Bob Dylan’s Nashville period with, appropriately enough, a dash of Johnny Cash thrown in for good measure. “The Hours” is a ragtime Dixieland-like jazz excursion filtered through the bump and clang of Tom Waits. Five minute opener “Anita on the Banks” takes a wide detour through acoustic folk, soft country rock and hard-edged roots rock – making it seem like three songs wrapped into one. Isaiah even throws in a couple of songs sung in French for good measure. The only flaw with High Twilight is that it’s perhaps a little too stylistically all over the map, suggesting that the album is a document of an artist who is still finding his voice. However, the disc is a lovely collection of mostly laid-back mediations, and suggests that Isaiah might have a career for himself in music if that film career doesn’t fully pan out.
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"The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.READ the article