Max Foreign Keen is a solo music project of Canadian film composer Max Wittig, and his seven tunes on The Evangelist Forgets Her Creature At The Grocery Store are pretty intriguing. You can tell from that title alone that he’s not just a singer-songwriter, but a storyteller par excellence. When asked, Max explains what was going on in his brain during the creative process: “Every song is part of a chronological story of a protagonist, who is atheist, falling out of a relationship with a deeply religious christian girl and him not being able to understand the concept of God interfering with a relationship between two young people deeply rooted in grunge-y city night-life.” The lyrics are poetic and exciting, the instrumentation is primitive and effective, the sound is lo-fi and rattling, the vocals are gritty and intense – all positive things in our opinion. And he’s a man of good taste too: “My singing and genre/production style has been very frequently compared to Julian Casablancas and Car Seat Headrest. Personally, I would say I have more in common with Guided by Voices, early King Krule , White Stripes, Elastica, Interpol and early Rex Orange County, if I had to name inspirations/influences.” Either way, the result of this authentic DIY approach is worth listening to.
The Evangelist Forgets Her Creature At The Grocery Store is out now digitally (self-released). Work in progress: it’s actually half of a full-length album called The Restaurants Are Empty But We Still Skip Dinner, which will be released sometime in the near future.
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