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Aidan Knight
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Aidan Knight

from Victoria, BC

There is a real tension between the desire to authentically express vulnerability through art and the confidence it requires to get on stage and perform it for thousands of people. Few artists embody this contraction better than Victoria’s sad-sack songwriter Aidan Knight. 

Knight’s songs contain confessional elements, the experience of going to therapy, the responsibility of children, and the self-conscious experience of hearing yourself sing. Knight’s lyricism also languishes in humour and irony, playfully parodying his influences like Neil Young on the anxious “Houston TX” or Margaret Atwood on the irreverent, domestic, “Slacker II.” Sonically, the songs are lightly adorned with folkloric feel and soft affectation, developed with careful experimentation and rock ’n’ roll reverence. Think George Harrison if he had never experienced the megastardom of the Beatles, or Harry Nilsson if he had an anxiety disorder. 

Beginning his career in 2010, Knight’s debut Versicolour signalled an earnest exuberance, but the necessary intimacy called for a more incubatory and careful approach than indie rock could provide.

Biography by Liam Prost

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