Montreal-born, Toronto/New York-based and 20th-century trained Emilie Mover’s latest record travels piecemeal through the last century of contemporary music, grabbing bits and pieces of its most popular genres and dropping them 10 at a time into songs held together by some of the most addictive chord progressions I have ever heard. Mover’s lyrics reek of adulthood; the whimsical pseudo-twee of Feist or She & Him is nowhere to be found, replaced with songs of amicable breakups and befuddled heartache.
Mover’s lyrics stand up to close scrutiny, but the real wonder of her songs is the way her voice intertwines with her piano, the way her melodies build tension within the chords, the way her songs differentiate themselves from one another. Mighty Time contains coy jazz-pop, astute psychedelic bossa nova, laid-back lounge music, bouncy folk-pop, serene Icelandic chord stretches and plenty of fragments that I can’t even name. Mover isn’t reinventing any wheels, but she’s taking them all for a spin and the results range from pleasant to amazing. The track listing on the CD case separates the album into an A-side and a B-side, further enforcing its debt to eras long gone, but Mover’s awareness of how the pieces of our musical past relate to one another has here resulted in a wonderful, self-aware record.
By John JuliusAB, Alberta