Bryan Adams once said that it was easy to write a song but very difficult to write a masterpiece. Songwriters consider themselves fortunate when they are able to compose a single song born from a stroke of genius. Once in a while, a Canadian songwriter appears who is able to compose many masterpieces, and he or she can be counted as a jewel of the music scene. At the end of the day, after all the exquisite singing, musicianship, arrangement, production, engineering, tweaking, marketing, and performances, the very bedrock upon which the music industry rests is inspired songwriting.
The Canadian Music Blog would like to introduce you to Toronto’s Dylan White, leader of a brand new band from Toronto called Cedar Park.
White has created a debut album that challenges the conventional notions of how to make a record, and, ultimately, of what a band truly is.
We have listened to the forthcoming album, Way Back Home, and it completely blew us away.
Dylan White has shared with us that the approach for the album was to focus on each song individually while still keeping the album cohesive. Producer Emm Gryner and White deconstructed and reconstructed each track, making decisions on instrumentation, arrangement, and most significantly, who should sing.
Each track ended up with a different vocalist (or vocalists) who brought his/her own unique delivery to each song – from rootsy NQ Arbuckle to mesmerizing songstress Usra Leedham to powerhouse Esthero – without losing their original message or soul.
The collaborative process far exceeded White’s expectations especially when considering that he was able to select vocalists he has long admired. “It’s a songwriter’s dream, and I consider myself first and foremost to be a songwriter, to be able to get the ‘right’ singer for each song, and not be constrained by my vocal range, for example. But to have artists that I’ve listened to for years to not only agree to be involved, but to also be so generous and selfless? I mean, come on…,” White says. “I like to think they dug the songs too, though.”
When playing live shows, it will be Dylan White and guest Usra Leedham sharing vocals, but White hints that there will be some special guest vocal appearances. “You’ll just have to come and find out.”
Mastered by Noah Mintz, featuring brass by Bryden Baird and strings arranged and recorded by Kevin Fox, Way Back Home will be released May 8, 2012 on Dead Daisy/Outside.
Check out Cedar Park’s Official Website.
Cedar Park on Facebook
Cedar Park’s Twitter
Listen to 4 Cedar Park tracks on CBC Music
Cedar Park has not yet created any music videos but you can check out a live studio performance of “Time After Time” with Dylan White and Usra Leedham below.
We wish the very best to this exceptionally talented Canadian artist.