By Luyanda Mahlinza
“You have to go through those little hells to get to the really great parts of love and life.” -Dallas Green on his third album, Little Hell.
See… what one will most definitely find utterly captivating about the soulful folk sound of City and Colour, is the ethereal crevice of provoking thought that his music pulls you into upon listening to it.
Dallas Green, whose voice mysteriously lingers behind the Alias, City and Colour (which most interestingly comes from his own name Dallas, a city, and Green, a colour – Yeah… That was less “meaningless hipster-y” than I anticipated) is an award winning Canadian singer-songwriter and is steadily taking charge in the world of folk music, not only in his home land of Canada but all over the world.
This Canadian brewed sensation, quite magically might I add, combines the beautiful essence of folk music, depth and prophetic lyrics. He is approaching the music scene contributing with a mash up of interest in acoustic soul, folk music and alternative country. Despite his raw and worthy talent, his claim to fame was largely due to his award winning lyrical contribution to the soundtrack of Juno his musical collaboration with Daniel Romano and Spencer Burton of Attack in Black as well his run of three successful albums.
His first album, Sometimes (released November 2005) was a full length debut album. I favoured what a critic had to say of this album, and in his honest senses described it as “dynamically gentle and vulnerable”.
Green said of the album that, “a lot of those songs are written on some of the experiences I’ve been through and stuff and that’s just how I deal with it. I just write songs when I’m bummed out and I feel happier.” Sometimes was re-released on Vagrant Records on January 13, 2009, which was the first time the album was presented in tangible form in the United States.
Bring Me Your Love (released 2008 February) is Dallas’ second full-length album. It poses a slight (yet brilliant) change from his debut album as the sound that resonates from this album, consists of a wide array of instruments not used on his previous recordings (such as a ‘colourful’ use of harmonicas, banjos, drums and lap steels) providing a genuine, authentic and a folk-influenced sound.
An even brighter light began to shine on City and Colour this year…
On September 26, 2008, City and Colour embarked on their first American tour, in support of Bring Me Your Love. This tour was followed by a headlining tour of the US in January 2009, with support from William Elliott Whitmore. This tour quite evidently increased his fan base. There were only 6,000 copies are available; 5,000 in North America and 1,000 in Australia, these all rapidly sold out. In Canada, when the record label put up the album on pre-sale on November 20, 2008, so many fans tried to pre-order it that the store’s website crashed.
Little Hell was released in 2011 June and Green recorded the majority of the instrumentals himself. Songs included in this album consist of “Little Hell” and “O Sister”. It was worthy of receiving the stellar reviews it received, and by looks of it, Dallas Green shows no signs of slowing down his progress.
Dallas was quoted as saying “I’ve always wanted to be the Mary J. Blige to somebody’s Method Man”. One can only find his all-rounder talent, commitment and success purely marvellous.
Follow Dallas Green: @cityandcolour www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD0vcAwHN7s www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPjf5fGwQg0