Artist: Brad Fillatre
EP: For Your Weakness
Toronto-by-way-of-Newfoundland artist Brad Fillatre released his first solo EP, For Your Weakness, last month via Sparks. You may already be familiar with this Corner Brook native, as he was previously releasing music with The Evelyn Room. However, Fillatre departs from his previous rock sound and delves into a much more folk-based sound, certainly inspired by his Newfoundland upbringing.
I was immediately intrigued as soon as Fillatre breathed his first words for “I’m Calling,” the first song on the EP. The overall tone of the album is quite melancholy, full of heartbreak. Fillatre sings, “Do you love me like you say you do?” on “New Tattoo,” which is likely my favourite on the EP, and then follows up on “Face The Dark” singing, “I couldn’t make you love me.” While there’s certainly sadness, there’s also strength and hope, as Fillatre sings, “The wheels they keep on turning; some days are harder than the rest” on “Wheels.”
For the first couple listens, I just found myself closing my eyes and taking the EP in as a whole. Fillatre’s deep, breath-filled vocals certainly suit the mood of the EP and he adds such dynamics to the songs, incorporating harmonica, banjo, mandolin and pedal steel. This 6-song EP teaser (with all songs under 4 minutes long) has me looking forward to what Fillatre has in store for us in the future.
Brad Fillatre will be joining Cai.ro, Papermaps and Graydon James & the Young Novelists at Rockin’ Stache 2012 on November 29th at The Great Hall, a show in support of Movember. Details can be found here.