Instead of reviewing an album this week, I have the honour of giving the first official review of the debut single “The Closer” from London, Ontario band The Census. The Census is an acoustic folk band deemed “The hottest new band this side of the Thames” and contains members Zach Anderson on guitar, Alex Boothby on ukelele, Jay Tuckwell on guitar, Aaron Brown on drums/percussion, Aaron Beaudrow on banjo, Brad Azzano on guitar, and Craig Minielly on mandolin.
The song features instrumentation from a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, banjo, and even accordion. If you’re familiar with Mumford & Sons, this song isn’t a stretch to imagine on one of their albums.
“The Closer” speaks of meeting a girl at a bar and wanting to spend the night with her. The vocalists don’t want anything after tonight, but at the same time never want the night to end. This juxtaposition provides a solid base for the mood of the song, especially since musically it is generally upbeat with a lively tempo.
The middle eight bars segue the tune into a smooth ballad, backed up by harmonized vocals and a legato accordion melody line. It eventually builds up into a more positive feeling, and finally finishes with a single sustained chord in the original key. The major key finish implies a happy ending to this billowing tale of keeping a girl around after last call.
“The Closer” is a very catchy and flows well with all the instruments, making it a great debut for the band. With the ever growing popularity of The Census, I hope they will still be around for a long time and maybe even put out an album in the next year or so.
OVERALL RATING: 8.7/10
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