There’s a telling moment in Versicolour
’s opening track, “The Sun”, where singer-songwriter Aidan Knight’s voice cracks, just slightly. It tells the listener that this record, while taking detours through the happiest and most melancholy moments of indie, alternative, and bluegrass, is very human. Aidan Knight pours his heart out into the 9 tracks of Versicolour
, and the result is a pleasant meandering journey through Knight’s world, led by his soothing voice and acoustic guitar.
Opening track “The Sun” might not be best suited as an opening track, as it contains some of the album’s darkest moments and is the longest song, yet the ending is a clashing crescendo of beauty that leads into album highlight “Fighting Against Your Lungs”, complete with a horn solo and absolutely gorgeous second half. Knight employs his best singer-songwriter acoustic guitar shtick on most of the songs, but includes other instruments such as keyboards, horns, lap steel, drums, and mandolin to great effect throughout. Drums are used well on “North East South West”, with the heaviest moments of Versicolour
in the song’s second half, and “Knitting Something Nice for You”, providing a driving rhythm and a backdrop to Knight’s most passionate vocal performance on the album. Lyrically, Knight throws no surprise punches, with some occasionally ambiguous lyrics that tend to stay in the realm of “safe”, but serve the songs well. Female voices can sometimes be heard harmonizing with Knight, as in the slow, keyboard-led “Altar Boys”, or the a capella bluegrass tribute “Sorrows” and its big brother, “Jasper”, which marks the album’s most upbeat song with some pleasant lap steel and guitar plucking work. Final track “Canadian Lovesong”, however, follows up “Jasper” rather poorly, seeming to go nowhere with Knight crooning over electric guitar strums. It might have been more prudent to end the album on a happier note with “Jasper”, to contrast with the melancholy of the opening track.
Knight is well-known in the Bandcamp.com world, as Versicolour
is up on there for free, and Knight encourages downloaders to get the word out about his music on the album’s page. It’s a good idea, too, because his music is quite good.