QUICK HITTERS | Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The last few days have been amazing. Welcoming our son – Cillian Christian – into the world has been a heavy dose of emotions. It’s amazing that something that can’t speak can trigger so many emotions. Fittingly, the same can be said about classically trained Toronto wizard, Todor Kobakov.

Born in Bulgaria, Todor now resides in Toronto and has integrated himself in the indie scene. He’s written arrangements for Stars, Jason Collett and Emily Haines and played keys for bands like Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton, Small Sins, Sarah Slean, and Luke Doucet but his new LP – Pop Music – is a stirring collection of originals he wrote that really stay true to his classical training.

These songs are, for lack of a more lucid description, stirring. Even though his record features tracks with Ms. Haines and Tunde Adebimpe on vocals, his songs speak volumes even when no one says a word. This isn’t the type of record we normally recommend, but it’s one worth your time.