With chiselled features and the ability to draw heart-wrenching tones from his violin, Halifax boy Chris Church has all the tools to make the SUV-driving wondermoms swoon. He combines a background in orchestral arrangement and playing with Jesse Cook with dinner-party-ready Indian-flavoured backbeats, and the end result is best described as symphony pop. The heavy atmosphere on Here is introspective and melancholic, and while the playing is first-rate, Church's singing never rises above a desperate whisper. This may be intentional, but it grows tiresome, and lyrics like "I am a man whose love might be the greatest love in history" show that rubbing elbows with Allen Ginsberg hasn't paid off as much as you'd think. Chris Church plays tonight (Thursday, August 5) at the Rivoli.