Song: Looking for Ambrose Small
Artist: A. David MacKinnon
A. David MacKinnon is a Toronto-based musician who does a goodly bit of everything - engineering/producing, session work, composing and recording his own material, and more - a multi-instrumentalist with sterling musical DNA. This song’s off of his debut solo recording, 2012’s The Past Is A Foreign Country, which the artist describes as an “imaginary soundtrack to a film that doesn’t exist.” In keeping with that cinematic vibe, all of the tracks from this highly-recommended album are fresh, inventive instrumentals. Looking for Ambrose Small is a jaunty thing which starts off with an upbeat ukelele and goes from there - a rollicking, swooping lark of a song. It feels wonderfully nostalgic, suffused with a vitality and tenderness that’s hard to describe but impossible to ignore. For contrast to today’s EarHead I’d have to recommend its polar opposite: the noble, achingly sombre elegy that is “Time vs. the Sylvan Apartments” (my other favourite from the album).
Makes me want to hear where MacKinnon will go next.
Posted by Max MacDonald