A History of Reasons
When this scribe caught CAIRO (then termed Cai.ro for some reason) at NXNE a few years back I was suitably impressed. Their 2011 debut EP Young Love caught the attention of Maple Music Recordings, and a record deal resulted. With the aid of a Pledge campaign, that union now bears tasty fruit on the impressive new album A History Of Reasons. This is melodic and radio-friendly indie rock (they term it "orchestral alt-pop") of a very high quality (Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver are cited comparison points). Vocalist Nate Daniels has a persuasive vocal style, strings and synths add to the aural expanse, and top-notch producer/engineer Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run, Mother Mother) keeps all the elements in nice balance. The title track first single is a good place to begin your exploration of CAIRO.
They launch the disc on Feb. 20 at Lee's Palace in Toronto, and further tour dates are expected.