Canadian artist Seth Anderson is a hard artist to categorise; depending on which song you listen to first, you hear indie, rock, folk, country, the list goes on. However, when you find out that travelling and moving around a lot seems a part of Seth’s DNA, then this eclectic approach to music feels right – oh, and it’s great to listen to.
We Could Be is the forthcoming album from Seth, and embraces the travelling spirit and all the highs and lows that can accompany long term travel. Recorded in the Toronto living room of producer Eamon McGrath, the album sounds as close to a live record as possible, leaving you with a sense of the passion that Seth and the musicians have for their craft. Beginning with ‘Drive Alone‘, the album jumps straight in with a full on indie rock sound that frenetically grabs you by the hand and doesn’t let go – it’s a joyous, toe tapping start and more than passes my danceability test.
The highlight for me is the latest single, ‘Highway Lights‘ which has danceability in spades and is an upbeat, gorgeous song from start to finish. Seth says that he found inspiration for the song
while talking with a friend whose passion is surfing and travelling the world. With my love for touring and playing music, we share a fairly transient personality type. We discussed how burning out can be inevitable when you are stretching your capacities and living outside of your comfort zone. The two of us agreed that it is important to take a break and return to stability now and then in order to refocus and recharge before we get out and push ourselves again.
This theme is strewn throughout We Could Be and acknowledges that sometimes things get difficult, but it doesn’t mean that you have to stop. Sometimes you just need to step away for a moment, and come back even stronger., a sentiment that, with this music, feels rebellious – maybe our have it all now society needs to listen to this more.
In contrast to the rockier tracks, there are several pared back songs that expose and enhance Seth’s throaty, full voice and emphasises the flip side of transience. ‘Don’t Stop’, has a smooth piano sound with country tones, whilst the guitars on the title track are exquisite. ‘As A Ghost‘ explores what happens to love when one person is moving around a lot, acknowledging the pain that is inflicted whilst hoping that “you’ll be there when I return”.
This is an album that will have you singing along in no time and has me looking forward to the next adventure for Seth Anderson. His advice for aspiring musicians focuses on what brought you to music in the first place:
Stay focused on what you love about the process of being an artist. Whether you are receiving attention for your craft or not, that will always remain consistent and bring you fulfilment.
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