Cam Penner is an unknown talent, which is equally as shocking as it is disappointing considering the music blog world’s affinity for raising substandard acts to the rafters with championship like acclaim.
It makes sense I guess, simply because the soft spoken Penner isn’t a flash in the pan or a Sportscentre highlight. He’s a grinder; someone that will muck it up in the corners or make the key block without asking for credit. Penner is unafraid to leave his comfort zone and his catalog and sound evolves each time he hits record.
Cam can sing over a simple picked guitar or fuse his songs with bold, surprising arrangements with equal success. For a man so rooted in traditional sounds, Penner’s musical style never stagnates. He’s sent over two songs for us to share, and naturally, they couldn’t be more different in tone or texture.
The first, a reworking of “Ghost Car”, is a boozy affair, fueled by warm breezes, gin and the fortunate realization of true love. This time around, Penner adds tequila to the mix and started picking the song apart. Gone is the thump of percussion and the support of the strings. In their place, are atmospheric electronics that darted across speakers and extend the song by a minute and completely transform the end result.
The second, “No Consequences” is a tour tested song that will hopefully find a home on Cam’s new record. This song fits more easily into Cam’s sonic history; a confident riff and his gruff vocals dominate the affair, but the subtle sounds Jon Wood adds to the mix make it sing.
MP3:: Cam Penner - No Consequences