Monday, February 6, 2012

Jim Guthrie is amongst Canada's finest songwriters. Except so few know who he is. Aside from music-people and those who might recognize his voice from that television commercial, he's virtually unknown. But that's the Canadian way, really. It takes something more than immense talent to become a household name here.

His are the songs that never leave regular rotation, particularly his 2003 album, Now, More Than Ever. The sort, that with every new listen, elicit a new response. 

He's quirky and utterly Canadian, introverted but bubbling with energy and things to say. And while it's all bedroom vocals and atmospheric background noise, it's meticulous and thoughtful.

Don't back down on me now,
Don't back down on me now,
I need this.

- Who Needs What, A Thousand Songs (1999)

(Image from Arbitrage Magazine.)

The Essential Jim Guthrie

  1. 1901
  2. Problem With Solutions
  3. Virtue
  4. Who Needs What
  5. Time is a Force
  5. Now, More Than Ever
  7. Wuthering Heights
  8. Trust
  9. The Ballad of the Space Babies
10. Save It

Essentially, The Weakerthans (February 3, 2011)
The Essential Kathleen Edwards (January 23, 2012)
The Essential Patrick Watson (February 4, 2012)

1 comment:

  1. "I can see the future now, But only when I blink, Please don't sing." I love Save It SO MUCH.