KYP HARNESS The Floating World (Porterbeach) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
The bard of the old-school downtown hipster set, Kyp Harness pulls off the seemingly impossible feat of releasing two discs comprising nearly 30 tracks with not a single dud in the bunch. His lyrics are sweet and emotional without being maudlin, and he tells oblique stories -- rich in detail and great shadowy metaphors -- with an easy, gritty delivery, à la Lou Reed. There's something inherently Torontonian about The Floating World, which marries The Dinner Is Ruined-backed great swaggering raw punk-bluesy bar rock with hushed, wavering folkie ballads, accented by jingle queen Kathryn Rose's lovely backing vocals on several tracks. Dead on.