Zaac Pick has a way with time. Of slowing it down to reveal the space that connects and divides us; and of urging it on to shrink that space. Generous, slippery, capricious, kind — time is a theme that courses through each track on his expertly paced new album, ‘Constellations’.
Though ‘Constellations’ is his first full-length release, the Vancouver-based artist has long been building a reputation as a songwriter with a knack for evocative lyrical imagery and a haunting melody. His large-scale, cinematic style earned acclaim after all six tracks from his 2009 debut EP ‘Fierce Wind’ were featured in prime-time TV dramas including One Tree Hill, De- grassi, Rookie Blue, and Saving Hope.
A second EP, 2011’s ‘Whitewater’ continued to gain speed, with its title track featured on CBC’s Vinyl Cafe and subsequent rotation on CBC Radio 2. The EP was soon nominated for a West Coast Music Award for Best Solo Roots Recording, and Zaac was invited to share stages with Grammy- Award winning duo The Civil Wars, Afie Jurvanen’s Bahamas, and American folk troubadour Noah Gundersen.
The cinematic folk songs on ‘Constellations’ ebb with intimacy and augury, as they examine the interconnected people in our lives and the mysterious gravity that draws us together and pulls us apart. His storytelling shines in the somber ‘Fault Lines’, about confronting the fears that creep into relationships before they fracture foundations, and the affecting ‘Slow Kind Light,’ about choosing to see the good in others. Throughout the album, Pick uses a measured cadence that evoke the voids, both literal and figurative, that we cross to connect with others.
Co-produced by Jonathan Anderson (Aidan Knight, Jordan Klassen) and created in collaboration with band members spread out across the provinces of Canada, the songs are unified by thickly textured arrangements with lush strings, meandering bass, and lilting guitar, the warm tone of Pick’s voice setting the stage as he lyrically examines the cosmic links between us all.