A SEA OF TINY LIGHTS
Nathan Lawr and the Minotaurs
A Sea Of Tiny Lights is pop music, plain and simple. If it's your cup of tea you will be well-served here. If not you might well find this CD one to pass over.
Nathan Lawr does draw on various influences here. The Glass has a decidedly British-pop feel, while the next song Footsteps has a slightly Santana-ish tone to it.
The strength here is the lyrics, which are not as poppish in nature as the music ultimately makes things.
Lawr himself has a pedigree. His website states his “musical career has been all about movement: the fluid motions of drumming for Royal City, FemBots, and other musical colleagues; the cross-country touring with folks like Jim Guthrie, The Constantines, and the "Mid-winter/Mid-autumn Night's Dream" revues.”
Lawr is joined by The Minotaurs who are Paul Aucoin, Evan Clarke, Kristian Galberg, Shaw-Han Liem, Dave MacKinnon, Kate Maki, and Simon Osborne.
The best cuts here are Swimming Like A Needle, There's A Devil, a somewhat folk/bluesy effort, and the aforementioned The Glass.
You can check out Lawr and the Minotaurs at www.nathanlawr.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Mar. 5, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada