Confession time: Cairo are not a new music addiction of mine. I’ve been obsessed with this band for years now, to the point where I forced the members to be my friends and love me just as much as I love them and there music. If that’s not being a dedicated fan, I’m not sure what is. But there is a definite new addiction forming here, and it’s to the gorgeous NEW music this band is making.
Cairo have been making the musical landscape of Toronto more picturesque for years now. It’s strange to use such visual terms to describe something you listen to, but for Cairo, it works. Their music has often been described as cinematic, and that’s truly what it is. Nate Daniels vocals rise from a sweet croon to soar with strength and passion, and harmonize beautifully with violinist Caitlin Grieves, whose gentle coaxing of beautiful sounds from her violin make you mourn the lack of strings in most music. Dante Berardi Jr’s guitar playing ranges from soulful and pensive to fierce and fervant, backed by that perfect drum pounding provided by Matt Sullivan, sometimes a running beat, sometimes a beating heart, all helping to weave that emotional tapestry that is Cairo. It’s music to dance to, laugh to, make love to, cry to, and most of all, to live to. If you let them, Cairo will score your entire life, and you’ll be a happier, healthier and a better human for it.
With only an EP (Young Love) and a plethora of unreleased songs that they’ve been teasing fans with at their live shows, Toronto music lovers have been bereft of new Cairo for far too long. But we can now breathe a collective sigh of relief because we only have to wait two more weeks for a FULL album from Cairo! The fine folks at Maple Music will be releasing A History of Reasons on January 20th, and I for one can’t wait to get my hands on it.
The beautiful new video for “A History of Reasons” was directed by Czlowiek Kamera (http://czlowiek.tv/) and filmed in Poland. It’s the perfect visual representation to the song, the music set perfectly to the artfully presented images as we watch humanity unfold before our yes. Check it out here:
If you’re in or near Toronto make sure you come celebrate the release of this album with Cairo at Lee’s Palace on February 20th (more details to follow).