My name is
Francis Baptiste.
I review new music
every Tuesday & Friday.

Normally I try to stick to reviewing newer releases because there is such an abundance of music that is being released in Vancouver every month that it’s a lot to keep up with. But sometimes an album is so good it seems a crime to not include it on this blog. And it’d be such a waste to not review something that I’ve listened to so much. Zach Kleisinger’s I Hope It’s Calm, Then is one of those albums. Kleisinger has had two newer singles released in 2019, and I’ll no doubt review those eventually too. But I feel compelled to write a post about this 2018 EP.

Thanks to an appearance on the Folk & Friends playlist this album has over 250K+ streams on Spotify . I can see why it’s gained so much attention. Kleisinger’s voice is amazing. It’s so low and soothing. He’s like a mix between Leonard Cohen and Gordon Lightfoot. It’s so cool and smooth. There is a maturity to his voice and his songwriting that sets him apart. I’m not sure how old he is, but he certainly looks a lot younger than he sounds. There’s an implied wisdom in his lyrics. It sounds like an album from a guy who has been on the scene for decades.

The production and performances on this album are gracefully restrained. The percussion is so minimal. The guitar is barely audible at times. Everything is so quiet and gentle yet it comes through so clear that it leaves a lasting impression.

Since I first heard this album a few weeks ago I’ve been listening to it every day. The more I listen to it, the more I like it. I urge you to give it a shot. Also his two latest singles are great, as well.

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My name is Francis Baptiste. I'm an Indigenous singer/songwriter in Vancouver, BC, an avid supporter of the Vancouver music scene, a contributing writer to Citrus Magazine, Permanent Rain Press, Music Existence, City Soundcheck, and the leader of the band Bird Parade. I'm also a recovering alcoholic and a divorced single father. Music and writing help me combat depression and relapse. For me, creativity, productivity, and community are essential to healing. There's so much incredible music in this city. You can learn more about the music I make on this page. I think it's good to be open about what you're dealing with, so below are some funny pictures of me from the last time I relapsed. It's important to find humour in dark times.

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