Many have written about heartbreak, but few have approached it as a process as Cudmore did, taking over a year and a half to process varying stages of grief. While in the recording studio, Cudmore’s life took a more tragic turn, with the passing of two close friends, including a musical mentor. In the midst of the turmoil, it’s not surprising that “Wonderkind” feels viscerally personal. It’s a credit to Cudmore’s strengths as a writer that she also retains the bookish and playful spirit that informed her earlier work.
Musically, Cudmore covers an astonishing range, taking advantage of Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, Blue Rodeo)’s recording acumen, and the musicianship of some heavy hitters from Toronto’s music community, including Neil MacIntosh (Ashley MacIsaac), Joel Vistenin, Joseph Ernewein (Del Bel), Randy Lee (The Bicycles, Lily Frost), Alex McMaster (Lily Frost, Classic Albums Live) and Vancouver-based, JP Carter (Destroyer, Dan Mangan). Guitars, strings, synths and percussion all peel off through strange but oddly compelling sonic structures. Veering between the epic and the obtuse, Cudmore conjures moments you haven’t quite heard from her before. “Who cares that I’ve changed?” she almost raps on the track, “Oh Tangible World.” Fans both old and new most certainly will. Written by: Samir Khan Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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