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A History of Reasons

My first impression of History of Reasons was a cross between Half moon run and Chris Daughtry. Weird, I know, but as the album plays through, this initial reaction actually holds true. In a blend of Indie-pop, alternative rock, folk and even some country twang, Toronto band Cairo has produced a very interesting record.

The Album begins with their hit single – History of Reasons. If that Daughtry-Half moon run comparison made any sense, it would be in this song. With fast, tom heavy drums and smooth guitar riffs, the song makes the quick comparison to popular indie bands such as the Walk the moon, Arkells, and of course, Half moon run. What is so catching about this song, is the lead singer’s voice has a very American Idol-esque tone to it; producing a radio-worthy performance. This is not necessarily anything new, nor technically intriguing, but it is catchy.

As the Album continues, it’s interesting to find that this connection to alt/indie rock becomes dissonant, with a greater dominance of a more abient folk genre coming to the foreground; some even with a comparable Lady Antebellum-like, urban country feel. Despite this short-shift in genre, it wouldn’t make sense to suggest Cairo hasn’t found their sound yet. Rather, it seems that the blend of style work to their advantage in attracting a greater selection of audiences. This transition can be easily identified by the change from the upbeat melodies of intro songs such as History of Reason and Age/Sex/Race, to the smooth, romantic string sessions of Render and Words & Meaning, near the latter half of the album.

Being their first full length album, Cairo’s History of Reasons is a fun record that’s easy on the ears. Whatever they’re doing, it’s working, and you can be sure I’ll be a dancing fool if they ever make it out to Kingston.

 

-Spencer

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