Weakerthans singer John K. Samson is solo on the streets of his Canadian homeland. It lets the handset sit on the passenger seat and draws his attention to the special features of the roadside. These are, among other things, scenic beauties and old cars. Correspondingly, the almost tangible moods change when driving around. Winter scenes are drawn: A man abandoned at Christmas time sings a lament with a cello after his love and at a Bach Christmas chorale the artist sings about his apparently ice-cold pad, in which even the PC freezes, and about the prospect of a desolate provincial nest. There is even a sung online petition calling for an athlete from his hometown to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. If you like stories told in road movie style, partly with rock instruments, partly with strings and horns, you should get involved in this journey into the Canadian hinterland.
Top Track: Highway 1 West