Toronto-based musician Steve Singh has taken the DIY ethos to heart. On his latest, Heavy Metal Sunset, the singer/songwriter wrote, performed, mixed and produced all 10 songs. Mining a stellar list of influences as varied as Stevie Wonder and Glenn Tillbrook, Singh makes pop music like no one else performing today.
From the album opener â€“ the title track – through â€œYou Stink Underwater,â€ Heavy Metal Sunset has a timeless feel (this album could just have easily come out in the late 60â€™s). There is a vague Kinkâ€™s vibe that pops up throughout the record and is particularly clear on songs like â€œYouâ€™re Sitting on My Haloâ€ and â€œMouth Full of Gravity.â€
Lyrically, Singh seems to follow the Michael Stipe school of creative imagery over more straight forward story telling. Pared with the left of center instrumentation, the album is satisfying if a tad bit brief, clocking in at less than half an hour. Singh also created a great stop motion video for the song â€œWash My Hairâ€ at www.myspace.com/stevesingh.
Top tracks: â€œThe Past Tenseâ€ and â€œWash My Hairâ€
Rating: 8.1 out of 10
Steve Singh â€“ Heavy Metal Sunset (CD)
Steve Singh â€“ Heavy Metal Sunset/CD/2008/10 tracks/Self-released/www.myspace.com/stevesingh