We all know how easy it is to create and consume when the world is clicking and everything’s going according to plan. This is what most mainstream music steams from and attracts, and for a good reason: who wants to spread sadness on a mass scale? I also think it’s hard for those who don’t actively explore their music to see the beauty and necessity in darker sounds. While I hope you are all on that forward moving track, the reality is there are things that derail us all, and it’s in times like this where I think creation becomes an entirely different process with entirely different rewards.
Communion is the third album from Toronto-based Ken Reaume (aka Black Walls), though given how far these five tracks deviate from his previous work, you’d never know they came from the same artist. The album is inspired by and written in the wake of the passing of Ken’s father, and serves as a meditative and self reflective journey on loss. The gloomy tone of the songs set with the addition of Reaume’s soft looming vocals and heavy guitar loops paint a bleak, lonely landscape that demands to be felt. It’s when I come across pieces of work like this that makes me fall in love with music all over again. Music is entirely multifaceted and the power and healing that comes from stringing sounds together really does seem akin to magic to me.
I think it’s safe to say Communion might not make it to Billboard’s Top 100, but the 40 minutes of remorse, passion, and eventually slight gleams of hope that this album comprises deserves more than a passive listen. If you can, take some time to reflect and feel some of the less popular things that music has to offer.
P.S.: Sorry about all the gloom lately. Don’t worry though, Mama Nature and I have a deal. We’ll both be bringing the sunshine next week.