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Nat Kendall

Presents Songbird Sing

(Rock Shock It!; US: 8 Jul 2008)

You wouldn’t think a fusion of emotronica, folk-rock, and R&B/hip-hop would work—it certainly looks bad on paper, I’ll give you that—but the second installment in the Nat Kendall Presents series proves it can hold its own. The instrumentals typically mesh simple drum machine beats, light synth tones, bit crushed guitar, and canned strings, all of which would be way too easy to come off cheeseball if left to their own devices. Luckily, Nat’s whiteboy love rhymes play off the deeply satisfying tones of Paige Rasmussen to push Songbird Sing into a league of its own. It sounds futuristic when it could so easily be slap-and-dash reactionary. I can’t imagine there’s a very big scene for this kind of music, being too soft for indie and too soulful for mainstream, but those who open their heart to the experience won’t regret it.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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