Contest + Review:: Zac Crouse You Plan To Do Nothing


CONTEST - Zac is offering up 2 tickets to the CD release show for You Plan To Do Nothing @ The Company House on Nov. 13th @ The Company House. To enter, simply hit us up with your details via email (HEROHILL AT GMAIL DOTCOM) or in the comments section below.


Unfortunately, the stereotypical assumptions most have of a man going off into the wilderness is one of solitude; the need to escape from the machine and what’s ruining society. Sadly, anyone that challenges the power of nature or embraces her beauty is dismissed as a Christopher McCandless disciple. For Halifax musician and sea kayak enthusiast Zac Crouse - a man that spends copious amounts of time crammed in vans with the other members of Caledonia and certainly may need an escape - nature may be his passion but it never consumes him.


That’s why his new solo record, You Plan To Do Nothing works so well. For the most part, the songs were written on a uke during his sea kayaking adventures around Newfoundland, but the full, warm arrangements you hear on the record only surfaced when he shared the skeleton structures with his friends. Without question, the moments of reflection (“I’m Tired’), straightforward chords and picked notes of Zac’s songs act as his journal for the days and nights he spent in tents and on the water, but the support and energy the songs get from people like Tanya Davis, Don Brownrigg, Dan Ledwell, Kris Pope, Jessie and Jordi help Crouse connect with listeners.


It can’t much more personal than hearing Zac reflect about lust, love and leaving on “The 1st Time”, but it’s Jessie’s strings backing vocals and the perfect placement of Ledwell’s trumpet that make this song more than just another coffee house confessional. The beauty is that even when the band tries to take over - the defense would like to introduce the distinct chug the drums, tambourine and electric gives “So Fine” - the song still feels intimate and spontaneous, especially when Zac lets out a little “woo.” “Scott’s House”, a song that got Caledonia some national attention, is transformed with Tanya’s uke and Don’s accordion, but fits perfectly into the hushed, laid back feel Zac creates with his solo work.


I hesitate to call You Plan To Do Nothing a labor of love, simply because the friendship and smiles Zac shared with a stable of NS music vets ooze from this record and make you think everything about this process was invigorating and rewarding. That being said, the passion to grow these songs from a few notes strummed in a location so far from home to a record that slowly burns its way into your brain and soul is not for the weak of heart or lazy musician. This journey may not have required the physical intensity some of Zac’s other journeys required, but it’s no less impressive and one of which he should be extremely proud.

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MP3:: Zac Crouse - Waiting on the Wind




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One Response to “Contest + Review:: Zac Crouse You Plan To Do Nothing”

Stephanie Purcell November 22nd, 2010 at 11:49 am

I love this record. Nice review. Can’t wait to hear the new recordings of the quirkier tunes!

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