• Eric Chenaux

After listening to his fantastic new album, Guitar & Voice (Constellation), I’m embarrassed to admit that I’d never heard of Toronto’s Eric Chenaux. Apparently he has a long history—he was in noise-rock band Phleg Camp in the early 90s and has played in countless ensembles since, exploring jazz, pyschedelia, pop, medieval balladry, and more (though I’ve never heard of any of those groups either). I do know John Oswald, the Plunderphonics pioneer, with whom Chenaux has also collaborated. But now I need to get to work looking into his past output, because this new one has hit me hard. As its title suggests, Guitar & Voice is an album for just guitar and voice, but it’s nothing like the coffeehouse fare you might expect.