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JF Robitaille is a born storyteller. But ask any of the canonizedDylan, Kerouac, Scorceseand theyll tell you the same thing: storytelling and human experience are inseparable. And that, perhaps, is whyRival Hearts narratives feel so vividly authentichis folk songs are painted with uncut globs of humanity.
For anyone familiar with his work, though, this shouldnt come as a surprise. Still cherished in his hometown for his cerebral work with his ex-band, Montreal indie-rock darlings The Social Register, Robitaille explored folkier territories with his acclaimed 2011 album, Calendar. It was intimate yet accessible, poetic sans pretension, and brainy without feeling academicand it established Robitaille as one of Canadas best songwriters. No, were not exaggerating: Critics have whispered his name alongside genre giants, from Bob Dylan, to Lou Reed, to fellow Montrealer Leonard Cohen.
But in the years since Calendars releasespent largely on the road, performing high-profile gigs at CMJ, NXNE, Pop Montreal and the Halifax Pop Explosion, amongst othersRobitaille has blossomed from one of the nations top emerging talents to one of its best songwriters. Period.
Robitailles abilities, though, have always been apparent. Hes shared stages with some of musics biggest namesSt. Vincent, Jonathan Richman, and Sean Lennon included. Hes lived (and played music) in Toronto, England and New York. And, while living in the Big Apple, he was discovered by Labelle member Nona Hendryx. She would eventually release his 2006 debut, The Blood in My Body, on her labeland Warner affiliateRhythmbank.
But while Calendar and The Blood in My Body were undeniable accomplishments, Robitailles only now hitting his stride. The proof? Rival Hearts, his ambitious debut on Sparks Music. Recorded at Preston, Ontarios House of Miracles, a legendary studio that birthed seminal releases from the Hidden Cameras and Royal City, Rival Hearts has Robitaille finding a singular voiceone built around wide-screen optimism, seamless songwriting, and neon-lit nuance. Produced by Andy Magoffin (The Constantines, Great Lake Swimmers), Robitaille recruited drummer Marshall Bureau (Jim Guthrie), bassist Tavo Diez de Bonilla (Jenn Grant) and multi-instrumentalist J.J. Ipsen (Octoberman) to sculpt the sonic settings for Rival Heartssombre pianos, haunting organs, and plaintive trumpets paint the pitch-perfect backdrop, whether hes ambling through the fruit stands on Montreals Parc Avenue or recalling the rusted façades of Coney Island.
Yet when Rival Hearts is given the chance to simmer, Robitailles true charm emerges: Without leaning on well-worn folk clichés, hes a master at capturing rawand very realemotion. Robitailles sanguine yearning feels almost like Leonard Cohen covering Lou Reeds Transformer, or Robyn Hitchcock fronting Modern Lovers. Its timeless. Personal. Universal. Because Rival Hearts is about, well, rival heartsthe heartbreak that occurs when roots are pulled in different directions. And that experience is, if nothing else, universal.
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