Review of Jose Contreras – Jose Contreras (Aporia)

Jose ContrerasFor the last two and a half decades, Jose Contreras has led Toronto indie-darlings By Divine Right but, until now, had never entered the realm of the solo record. Somewhat appropriately, Contreras mines By Divine Right’s extensive catalogue of music for this self-titled release, giving an entirely fresh perspective to the material. Accompanied only by guitar, piano and his voice, Contreras weaves intriguingly minimalistic tales that sound as though they could fall apart at any given moment. Album highlights include “Psychic Radio,” “Help Me Find A Place To Land” and haunting opener “Listen To My Angels.”