Whereas prolific types like Sufjan Stevens seem to have a lock on re-envisioning America’s places and people through drawn-out narratives and musical tapestries, the closest we might get to a Canadian equivalent looks an awful lot like the latest project from Adam Waito, better known for his work in Miracle Fortress and Telefauna.
Adept at pairing kitchen-sink storytelling with music that totally suits the scenarios, Waito leads us back to his hometown of Thunder Bay (home to one of Canada’s few amethyst mines) with a string of soft and hazy folk rock songs. They meander quietly through ethereal psychedelic moments and a Neil Youngish understanding of the lyrical details that fill a songs with endearing personality.
At 13 songs, Amulet could go on a while longer and still remain a beautiful piece of contemporary Canadiana.
Adam & the Amethysts play the Silver Dollar Saturday (June 14) at 10 pm.