HOUR | October 20, 2009
By Dave Jaffer
Regarded by Now Magazine as Toronto’s best keys man, Kobakov (The Soft Skeleton, Small Sins, Major Maker) returns to his roots with Pop Music. If you ignore the guest appearances by star vocalists Emily Haines and Tunde Adebimpe (though their songs Carpe Diem and Loving Hands are lovely) and concentrate merely on how Kobakov’s piano tells stories, you’ll be treated to many. There’s both darkness and light here, and also the muted glow of that in-between time of day and life. Also, parts of Pop Music are so simultaneously vital and gentle we may need to invent a new word.