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Following the 2005 release of Macleod's impressive collaborative folk-rock brainchild, Timber (The New Gentlemen’s Shuffle), Strange Biology doesn’t fall far from the tree. Its live, scaled-down sound and heartfelt tones reveal new exciting layers to one of Montreal’s most talented lyricists and musicians.
With help from the extended Ships at Night posse, this pared-down solo effort touches on a wistful, at times defeatist, view of the human condition - the type of stuff that guys nearing the ass end of their 20s think about. It's the arrangement and execution of this guitar wonderful album that most impresses.
(Number 2 from Best Singer/Songwriter Albums of 2006) Macleod writes clear-eyed, realistic observations of modern life, overlaid on intricate, autumnal guitar figures… Beautifully harmonized by Katie Moore, MacLeod’s lyrics
are ruminative, somber epiphanies for the reluctantly mature… But such subtle charms are par for the course with MacLeod, crafting timelessness, one of music’s best-kept secrets. (Pop Matters)
His solo debut, Strange Biology, is wonderfully laidback, as if Macleod took Amos Lee and tilted him ever so slightly, losing a bit of the soul but gaining several degrees of twang in its place….All in all, it suggests that if this new wave of Montreal folk goes anywhere, Strange Biology will ensure that David Macleod is at its forefront. (I heart Music)
Birds alighting on crisp winter days. Intricate finger picking and tenuous piano chords to highlight the beating of their wings. David Macleod's vocals summon all this with a wit and delicacy that is sweet and somehow not saccharine. None of these tunes will do you wrong. (Culture Bunker)
Strange Biology is a measured, melodic gem that listeners everywhere will be able to
connect with, immerse themselves in and appreciate more and more with each listen.
By maintaining the creative energy and dedication necessary to keep producing music,
Macleod has proven himself an established songwriter who will be recognized for his
limitless talent, insight, creativity and passion.
David Macleod - acoustic guitar and vocals
On the record:
Warren C. Spicer - acoustic and electric guitar, bass, piano Matthew "Woody" Woodley - drums Katie Moore - vocals Mishka Stein - upright bass Emma Baxter - vocals and piano Jeannot Boudreau - Drums Kees Dekker - electric bass Nicolas Basque - piano Angela Desveaux - vocals Gilles Castilloux - shakers
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