Published Feb 18, 2014At just 23, Ottawa musician Kalle Wainio has given himself every opportunity to grow into an established singer/songwriter. As many young musicians use these formative years to ham-handedly bang away at their instruments in dingy clubs and late-night practice spaces, Wainio rather found his voice in the studio, crafting three deeply personal albums and one EP in just four years.
Written largely about the death of his mother, LP number three for Wainio's five-piece band Kalle Mattson, comes off as a sometimes bombastic, always inward-looking confession. Produced by the Wooden Sky's Gavin Gardiner while working with members of Cuff the Duke, Someday the Moon Will Be Gold surprisingly sounds less perfunctorily Canadian than previous material, as songs like the yearning "Darkness" and the naked "A Love Song to the City" work off of skittering instrumentation and transcendent melody phrasings. Someday the Moon Will be Gold is, simply, a benchmark in fearless songwriting. (Parliament of Trees)