Cantor Dust

I’m 85 per cent sure that Cantor Dust, an experimental rock band consisting solely of Mark Klassen, is strangely awesome. But I’m 15 per cent sure that I’m not supposed to think this. The intricate piano playing, epic cymbals and Klassen’s ethereal voice make the perfect synthesis for what I’m 85 per cent sure is a concept album telling the exciting and heart-wrenching story of a guy who gets abducted by aliens. But I still have the nagging 15 per cent suspicion that Cantor Dust is laughing at me while I think about this album like it’s a MENSA test because Klassen’s lyrics don’t always match its epic-Eno-esque resonance: “The last thing I remember was blowing my load before everything faded to black, and that must have been when they beamed me up.” With lyrics like that I’m 85 per cent sure that Blind Date is worth a listen.

Published in Volume 65, Number 19 of The Uniter (February 10, 2011)

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