Release Date: September 6, 2018
Comet is Manitoban Carly Dow’s second album and the influence of the prairies on Carly is prevalent in this album.
Comet features banjo, electronic guitar, strings and accordions, but it’s Carly’s voice which is the centrepiece of this album. Her rich dusky tone matches the album’s rustic tone, which though folk in
The songs on Comet make frequent use of simple words and repetition in its lyrics to give an almost gospel quality – almost as if they are asking the listener to join in the chorus and sing along. This is aided by the boisterous instrumental accompaniment and frequent use of backup vocals on the choruses. One really gets the sense that Carly built a community in the creation of this album that she wants you to share in.
A standout on the album for me was “Constellations” which ethereal tone seemed to not only ask the listener to sing along but also bear witness.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.