By Trent Warner
CALGARY — Fresh off of the release of his album Each Other, Aidan Knight is on tour in Europe and getting ready to return to North America for its second leg, but despite rave reviews and having released two records prior, he’s still learning to keep his anxiety and doubt at bay.
“…It hasn’t gotten easier. That will most likely be the thing that makes me stop releasing [music],” says Knight. The fear of sharing something you created is something everyone experiences in life, but few of us make art as intricate and deliberate as Aidan Knight. Knight revealed to Exclaim earlier this year that he nearly gave up Each Other before its completion. Releasing the album was an exercise in letting go for Knight, but his perfectionism runs through every track.
Despite the chaos of the album’s formation, he shows no signs of stopping. Overseas, he has found something he didn’t know he was missing and losing what he describes as his own “self-importance.”
Each Other is a record about reaching out to others, and it’s a theme that Knight is still exploring in his personal life. The record comes from the lens of personal reflectivity, but demonstrates an inherent longing for personal connection therein. Fortunately, his tour mates perform these introspective songs with a “touchy feely” approach and explore the songs to “take it all in.”
Knight hopes listeners are able to connect to the music in the same way. To him, reviews and discussion of the album might be insightful, but ultimately the success or failure is in listening to and experiencing the music. He wants people to move to the music both literally and figuratively. To him, that means, “[shaking] their ass” or “[changing] their perspective.” It’s about Each Other.
“I am hoping for that perfect marriage of a show that feels great but you walk away not understanding every single thing that happened onstage,” says Knight.
It’s interesting for a person who seems so concerned with meticulous craftsmanship to be even more concerned audience reception, but for Knight the music is a medium for connection and communication.
On Each Other standout “The Arp” he writes: “What a life that we have lived/ And we’ll live it again.” While the creation of this album might have been tumultuous, the experience seems to have provided Knight with a quiet confidence and a yearning to push himself and his music in bold new directions. Having now seen Germany, Norway, Denmark, France, Italy and Spain, Knight notes that he finding himself increasingly more capable of fitting himself into a worldwide musical context.
Aidan Knight has a strong, eye on his releases and this is clear throughout his body of work. On Each Other, he trades in previous investment in atmosphere and raw emotion for faithful indie rock that ties in strong instrumentation and the rugged pursuit of theme.
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