Canadian singer/songwriter David Celia has enjoyed quite a bit of success with his career to date. His material has been showcased by high profile media outlets on both sides of the Atlantic, including the BBC and CBC. The Mississauga musician keeps busy on the live scene too, regularly touring around North America and Europe and having made appearances at such renowned events as Glastonbury.
In the midst of it all, Celia has also found the time to self-finance and produce his brand new album, Double Mind. Featuring fourteen tracks, the upbeat and optimistic instrumentation of its opener, “Welcome to the Show”, bears a heavy country sound. This is emphasized further by the tone of its enthusiastic melody. Some bracing guitar blasts are particularly arresting in the middle before returning to deliver a cutting conclusion.
The bright and buoyant musical motifs of “The Grind” tone back for vivid vocals in the verse ahead of a loud and lively chorus. “Double Mind” follows upon quirky guitars which serve as an enthralling departure from the first two offerings. It’s a delightfully characterful effort whose fun approach is more in the vein of classic rock and roll. “Look of Approval” is a colourful and cordial composition afterwards that dances along, emanating a consistently affable air.
Harmonicas add a lazy and lamenting feel to the slow but steady instrumentation and mellow melody of “Speak to Me” next. That’s before the eccentric and playful “Tongues” swoops in to provide a lighthearted listen. When it’s done, “Thin Disguise” introduces itself by way of a whimsical beat that bounces through rousing riffs and a sprightly harmony. There’s something rather mischievous to the whole thing as it maintains a frisky front from start to finish.
“Drunken Yoga” is another cheerful and contented contribution that seems free of care and burden. The vivacious vibe persists into the cheeky lyrics and impudent instrumentation of “Go Naked”, while “Modern Widower” is a wild and audacious affair whose adventurous execution sets it apart from the crowd.
“Want You to be Happy” opts for a solemn and sincere harmony which unfolds across a stirring acoustic riff. This stripped down serenade actually ends up being quite hard-hitting. “Princess Katie” goes back in a more fanciful direction then, featuring wacky chants and fairy-tale-esque instrumentation that forge a strangely uplifting ambience. “Smile, You’re Alive” continues with a lullaby-like approach, relaxing and becoming quite ethereal as it progresses. This is before “Wilkommen in Deirer Show” serves as a friendly finale by adopting a style reminiscent of the earlier entries.
Double Mind seems like a very appropriate title for this record because it certainly exhibits a split-personality as it unfolds. What begins as a fairly standard country/folk compilation slowly morphs into something more akin to a pantomime. David Celia has constructed an undeniably unique and original album here that manages to stay consistent, despite its zany style, due to an admirably smooth transition from the conventional to the unorthodox. The result is a kooky compilation that’s quite captivating. Check it out when it drops upon Ireland and Britain on August 21st.