Zaac Pick: Atmosphere

The BC folk artist impresses with pleasantly plaintive vocals on a musically atmospheric cut.

Zaac Pick: Atmosphere

By Kerry Doole

Zaac Pick - Atmosphere (Independent): This Vancouver-based indie folk songsmith will release a new album, Passages, on June 26. Atmosphere is the third advance cut, and it's a winner.

It is the album's opener, and Pick explains in a press release that “A lot of love songs are about the before and after of a romantic relationship, but not as many are about what it's like in between, the space that exists between people in a long-term relationship. How that space expands and contracts, how the line between knowing and mystery blurs and comes into focus over time. Atmosphere is an acknowledgement of the distance that can grow between two people in a relationship, but also of the desire or willingness to cross it and reconnect.”


The track is suitably atmospheric musically, with burbling Moog synths and subtle strings accompanying Pick's pleasantly plaintive vocals. Sweet stuff.

Passages features contributions from some noted BC artists and instrumentalists, including Jordan Klassen, Taylor Swindells (The Tourist Company), Bre McDaniel, and Skye Brooks (Co-Pilots, Fond Of Tigers), and string arrangements by Brian and Caleb Chan (Dear Rouge, Holy Hum).

Pick originally moved from his native Medicine Hat to Vancouver in the early 2000s, making a mark as a guitar player and songwriting member of the band Doubting Paris. His debut solo release was 2009's Fierce Wind, followed by another EP, Whitewater, in 2011, and 2015's full-length, Constellations, and his work has received notable TV placements and CBC airplay.






Publicity: Indoor Recess

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