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When Jim Bryson first came up in conversation I was unsure of who he was. I soon found out he was a local (Ottawa) musician and with three sold-out shows in the area, so I asked myself, “How could I have not known about him?” Nonetheless, I’m a fan now, and I understand why everybody loves his music. Somewhere We Will Find Our Place – Bryson’s fifth solo album – is a laid-back, songwriter’s record, and it grows stronger with every listen. The album can be seen as a snapshot of Bryson’s life at this very moment. He gazes at his heart, which is full of good, bad and ugly.
“The Depression Dance” starts the record off strong full of catchy rhythms and soul-searching lyrics. Similar to “Changing Scenery” and “Call Out”, they seem to use a wet saturation effect on the vocals, which gives a subtle but pleasing feeling of distance. “Stuck in the Middle” is one of my favourite tracks on the album. Like most of the songs, it has great guitar work throughout and is easy to listen to over and over. Beautiful harmonies accompany soulful lyrics like, “The truth lies there in the middle, aren’t we all a little stuck in the middle, stuck here in the middle”.
Another favourite off the album is “Moth”. It has a quiet energy to the song, which is difficult for any musician to do well. The upbeat drum rhythm adds such a good groove, almost like your tripping over your own feet and falling forward but holding back. This was one of the first songs that left me singing back the lyrics as it was playing in the background.
The overall album is consistent and not one track feels out of place. A lot of time, energy and emotions went into this album and it’s easy to relate and fall in love with. The music is like a quiet restless sound. It has urgency and endless atmosphere that makes for a fantastic listen. It is something I could throw on and relax to on the back porch – or get caught listening to at the cottage on a beautiful summer evening.
Somewhere We Will Find Our Place is available now at Maple Music. Jim Bryson has a few more shows scheduled on his website and they are bound to sell out quickly. Support a great Canadian Musician.
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