Canada’s contribution to the international music scene is well documented, but it’s not just musicians we’re exporting south of the border. One of the most successful producers in all of North America is Quebec-born Daniel Lanois. Since 1970, he’s been twisting knobs and offering his expert insight to countless acts, including U2 and Brian Eno, so it’s easy to forget that the guy is also a talented solo artist.
His latest album, Here Is What Is, is actually the soundtrack to a self-produced documentary. But it’s not simply background sounds and dialogue (though there is some of that). The album is chock full of solid songs. One standout, Lovechild, is an atmospheric piano track that’s soaked in reverb, while 60s-inspired roots number Not Fighting Anymore successfully channels Bob Dylan. Lanois’s own music isn’t his calling card, but it might be after this release.