originally published at Hamilton Magazine
While technically not a tried-and-true Hamiltonian, Paul Federici has enough connections to the city to warrant honourary status. His new album, Relative Importance, was recorded at Catherine North Studios and produced by Michael Chambers (aka moon:and:6). Federici’s father, Corrado, also immigrated to, and grew up in, our fair city.
The dulcet-toned singer-songwriter’s debut is a strikingly honest effort; all emotive vocals, melancholic pianos, haunting strings and alt-folk acoustic guitar. Comparisons to Dallas Green are inevitable, given the similarity of their vocal range, but Federici’s work deserves to be judged on its own merits – and rightly so, as it’s remarkably good.