Jonathan Seet Melatonin

It's rare to find an artist who offers up such an assured debut as Toronto singer/songwriter Jonathan Seet has. Absent the youth-fuelled spew or overly ambitious desire to cram as many types of songs as possible onto a first record, Melatonin bodes well for a number of reasons: Seet plays almost all the instruments here; he has a lovely voice, and fears not the falsetto; and he's a solid songwriter who appreciates Thom Yorke without imitating, and cites Neil Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz) as an influence without irony. There's a distinctly British dramatic flair to much of this, and it gets to be a bit much at times, but this is three steps farther than many get in four albums. When he takes another few steps in developing his own voice, Seet will shed all lingering hints of imitator status. (Mazurka)