Keeping up with Toronto-based artist Kaleb Hikele is a challenge, thanks to his many musical shifts. He makes music under the name The Sun Harmonic, which used to be just him, but whaddya know? Now it's a full band, as Hikele has been joined by Ian McLennan on bass and Dave Skrtich on drums. The reason behind this latest switch is that Hikele has moved on from his last, piano-driven lush projects and made a straight-ahead rock EP, five songs with grooves and great melodies.
Hikele always has a knack for fine tune, so this certainly isn't a stretch for him, he just had to leave his jazzy-folky-classical sounds at home. "Get Lost" is the calmest number, with a bluesy guitar in some dreamy moments. "A Question For You" dials up the funk and even adds a little raunchy guitar mid-way. The title cut is a brilliantly happy romp, the kind of cheerful pop song you just don't hear anymore, with a la-la-la wordless chorus of singalong fun from the whole group.
It's a bummer of a time for so many people, with lots of serious issues of which we need to pay close attention, but spare 17 minutes for this feel-great five-track EP.