Ian Kelly teaches love of nature in “All These Lines”
The album’s first single “Do You Love The Rain,” comes in with a keyboard-guitar mix, akin to a blend between Three Dog Night, and earlier Modest Mouse.
It’s sonically haunting without being depressing, and deeply layered without being pretentious.
“In all honesty, I don’t see why people say it’s not nice out when it’s raining”, Kelly has been quoted as saying, and that theme seems to shine through in his work.
The song isn’t what you’d expect from the title, but the same can be said of Kelly himself. He started playing in cover bands at age 13, and it wasn’t long before he started creating his own style – a style which he continues to polish and perfect. The contrast between this album and his 2011 release Diamonds & Plastic continues to prove it.
In “Do You Love The Rain” Kelly sings the line ‘I was 17, I had nothing to give,’ and maybe that’s true to himself, but if this album is any indication, he has much to give the world from Canadian music.
Kelly said he’s not one for categorizing his own music “To me it’s quite simple, you listen and you enjoy it or you don’t.” With that in mind, my recommendation would be to give this album a listen, and who knows, you may just learn to love the rain too.
Story by Brian Talmey, Photo by Martin Girard