“One arm reaches left… The other arm is dead.” Maybe album-opener “Bathysphere” is about our political system, or maybe it’s about a health issue. Either way, something needs to give.
In a return to straightforward songcraft, Arms of Kismet leavens the bop with tones shimmering and strident on the new Ballast and Bromides. “The Corner” conceals tomorrow’s love or loss. “Zanzibar” mourns an idyll unrealized yet celebrated in defiance. “Be There” and “True North” ponder the perils and virtues of staying the course and of starting anew.
In the end, singer-songwriter Mark Doyon takes a step around the ever-present corner. Is the past a comfort? a caution? a storage locker packed with baggage?
And youth? As we live and breathe, gratitude ascends.
Ballast and Bromides is out now.