I Found Your Faces Of Montreal
You Are My Symphonic
Montreal-based electronic artists really captured SCQ’s attention this year but one release stood out from the pack. A conceptual elegy to his island city. I Found Your Faces Of Montreal traces songwriter Vishal Kassie’s journey from his formative years in Toronto to his home in Quebec’s largest city. Instead of going the Sufjan Stevens’ route by using historical quirks for inspiration, Kassie ties his experiences in with the city’s culture and geography.
Emphasizing emotions over infrastructure is a wise move for Kassie, who crafts a more introspective record by instilling I Found Your Faces Of Montreal with so many relatable rites of passage. Like a travel notebook enduring constant change, You Are My Symphonic’s songs brim with dislocated passion; the sort that will shake some listeners but hearten those with the capacity for it. Expect this album to continue building steam into 2012.