If the plains of Saskatchewan were filmed in sepia-toned slow motion, Saskatoon-based Matt Hutchings’ fourth album release Storm Clouds would be an ideal soundtrack. With titles like “Starry Night” and “Indian Bay,” the nine tracks of self-described “folk-pop” blend in a haze of acoustic instrumentals and breathy vocals that makes for a solid half-hour of easy listening with a pervasive country vibe, courtesy of steel guitar and banjo. The tracks evoke images of endless rolling fields yet remain introspective and personal. Storm Clouds is a mood, as whispery and melancholic as soft rain on the prairies. Ideal listening for overcast days or for satisfaction as to what Justin Vernon would sound like in a canola field.
– Sarah Zubair