Artist of the Week: Jason Collett
As one of the most prominent members of the Canadian independent music community, there’s no better time to feature folk rocker Jason Collett as our Artist of the Week — he released his fifth solo album Rat a Tat Tat this March, is about to embark on a Canada-wide tour, and his song “Somehow” will be heard on tonight’s episode of Rookie Blue.
Although he may be a veteran of the indie scene, Collett’s music remains current and relevant. He began his musical career as a guitarist in Broken Social Scene, remaining friends with the band’s members and featuring them on much of his solo work. Collett’s collaborative nature, and the involvement of so many renowned artists on his records, truly make his songs representative of Canadian music and Canadian culture.
Be sure to check him out live when he hits your city from September through the end of November. Tour dates for 22 Canadian cities can be found at http://www.myspace.com/jasoncollett.
“Infectious grooves and boozy swagger”
Similar to: Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Wilco
“While so many insurgent folkies treat sonics and structure as afterthoughts, Collett suffuses his music with a level of playfulness and variety that’s reflective of his membership in the acclaimed indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene.”
“Some people might be growing weary of the country/folk/pop genre that artists like Iron and Wine, Andrew Bird, and the entire Monsters of Folk crew fall into. I am not some people. What can I say? I have a soft spot for anything that sounds like the lovechild of Bob Dylan and the Beatles. I also have a soft spot for Canadian rockers. (Who doesn’t, these days?)
Enter Jason Collett. This lanky rocker used to play part-time with Broken Social Scene back in the day. Much like your average folk singer, Collett croons about love and loss. Rat a Tat Tat is Collett’s fourth solo album, and its songs are accordingly polished and catchy. But they’re also fun, emanating a sense of lightness that other folk artists tend to lack. You’d never be able to guess that Collett recently turned 40.”
— Indie Shuffle