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Disc review

Formerly of The Social Register, JF Robitaille was supposed to release his first proper solo LP in 2008 (on the heels of The Blood in My Body EP), but problems with New York label Rhythm Bank forced him to scrap it and start over, back home in Montreal. The result is Calendar, an intimate, soothing album ideal for late-night or early morning listening sessions. With their gentle folk melodies and melancholy lyrics, many tracks sound as if they were pulled from the Leonard Cohen songbook (When We Say Goodbye, Winters Like These, Close to Love, etc.). Others, such as Enemies, which features The Dears’ Murray Lightburn on keys, display a poppier, Beatles-like vibe. Wonderful stuff, really.

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