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Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor debuts his new project Cant

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Cant (aka Chris Taylor)
  • Cant (aka Chris Taylor)
On Tuesday night Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear brings his new project Cant to town for the first time with a show at Lincoln Hall. I’m still trying to get my head around his recent debut album Dreams Come True (Terrible), which he made with George Lewis Jr. of Twin Shadow; it is a weird mélange of brittle, jacked-up electronic beats, dinky synth tones, and washed out melodies that wears its 80s vibe indiscreetly. At times Cant sounds much closer to a skeletal Yeasayer than his main group, but there’s also a wan hint of tightly-coiled R&B, a la D’Angelo or Prince (I repeat, just a hint).

The rich vocal harmonies that make Grizzly Bear so appealing are largely absent here, replaced by an echo-laden, beat-up warble. Unfortunately, focusing on strong songs seem to have been an afterthought—the real focus is on the production, and while it sounds cool, I haven’t found it holding up to repeated listens. For the tour Taylor has put together a quartet that will hopefully put some meat on the music’s rhythmic bones. The group includes Dev Hynes (the moniker-switching bloke behind Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion, and Test Icicles), John Kirby, and drummer Guillermo Brown (a former collaborator of free jazz titan David S. Ware). Below you can watch the video for the album’s title track and give a listen to another song from the new album.

Cant, “Believe”:

Today’s playlist:

Islaja, Keraaminen Pää (Fonal)
Various artists, Imaginational Anthem IV: New Possibilities (Tompkins Square)
Abdel Hadi Halo & the El Gusto Orchestra of Algiers, Abdel Hadi Halo & the El Gusto Orchestra of Algiers (Honest Jon’s)
Sylvie Courvoisier-Mark Feldman Quartet, To Fly to Steal (Intakt)
Stereolab, Not Music (Drag City)

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