Majical Cloudz, the project of Montreal-based singer-songwriter Devon Welsh
and keyboardist Matthew Otto, concocted the austere song cycle of
Impersonator (Matador, 2013).
These are songs that rely almost exclusively on the human voice, in this case
a slow pensive baritone. The art of recitation prevails over the science of
This Is Magic,
I Do Sing For You,
and in the stately Childhood's End.
His style is impersonal to the point of being undefinable:
Notebook sounds like a cross between a gospel hymn and Bruce Springsteen.
Except for the synth-pop of Mister, the instrumental score is spartan
In fact, Impersonator is a cappella, with Welsh dialoguing with a
glacial stream of looped moans.
the atmospheric standout, Silver Rings, the one more likely to evoke
Leonard Cohen, employs a symphonic synth.
The album radiates a sense of loneliness in vast spaces.
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