MONTREAL MIRROR | Pop Montreal “Top Picks” | October 01, 2009

Todor Kobakov: After years at the keys for Emily Haines, Luke Doucet, and his own band Major Maker, and arranging strings for Stars etc. Torontonian Kobakov returned to his roots for his debut, Pop Music – a tricky title given that it’s solo classical piano, reflecting on his conservatory-bound Bulgarian childhood. But that’s half the picture, as it also draws on Kobakov’s Canadian indie-scene adulthood, and moreover, Haines and TVOTR’s Tunde Adebimpe sing on a song each on it. In any case, the real charm is that it never slides into either abrasive pretension or mawkish schmalz. Oh, and they’ll be dragging a proper baby grand piano onto the venue’s dancefloor for this set. That’s dedication!