After Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor releases his solo debut as CANT, entitled Dreams Come True and due out Sept. 13, he’ll hit the road starting Oct. 1 for a month-long North American tour that includes a date at the Bowery Ballroom.
Taylor’s only previous release as CANT, the non-album single “Ghost”, sounds a whole lot like a Veckatimest track: the sparse, lurching percussion of “Cheerleader,” maybe, combined with the gentle, doubled vocals and pacing of “Hold Still.”
Indeed, the similarities may be indicative of just how much sway Taylor has over the lush baroque-pop on which Grizzly Bear and its associated acts have made their name. Taylor produced each of Grizzly Bear’s last two full-lengths, as well as the Daniel Rossen side project Department of Eagles’ In Ear Park.
Perhaps the more surprising takeaway from “Ghost” is that Taylor appears to be a totally capable lead vocalist, as well. Grizzly Bear as a project never lack for compelling lead vocals, between Daniel Rossen and Ed Droste, and so we haven’t seen Taylor's voice this far out front of the mix before. He can’t quite match Rossen’s effortless elegance, nor Droste’s range and clarity. But he possesses a similar choirboy tenor, delivered with an affect that’s neither overwrought nor drab.
Check out Taylor’s CANT tour schedule below:
Oct. 1: Fir Lounge, Portland, Ore.
Oct. 2: Media Club, Vancouver, BC
Oct. 3: Triple Door, Seattle
Oct. 5: The Independent, San Francisco
Oct. 7: Soda Bar, San Diego
Oct. 8: Troubadour, Los Angeles
Oct. 11: Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City
Oct. 12: Lormier Lounge, Denver
Oct. 14: The Bottleneck, Lawrence, Kan.
Oct. 15: 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis
Oct. 16: High Noon, Madison, Wisc.
Oct. 18: Lincoln Hall, Chicago
Oct. 19: Magic Stick, Detroit
Oct. 21: Garrison, Toronto, ON
Oct. 22: Cabaret Mile End, Montreal, QC
Oct. 24: Middle East Downstairs, Boston
Oct. 25: Bowery Ballroom, NYC
Oct. 27: Johny Brenda's, Philadelphia
Oct. 28: Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
Oct. 29: Moogfest, Asheville, N.C.