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Starting as People (Empty Room)

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Ottawa’s Kirk Ramsay pens lyrics that are frequently death-obsessed, end-of-the-line depressing, yet something in his delivery draws you in. “Every year I take another step down, and that’s another step closer to my home in the ground,” he sings, with a sense of honesty and intimacy it’s hard not to be swayed by. Ramsay’s songs spring from a place of profound alienation, but there’s something hopeful buried in them. A self-taught musician who learned to play not long before his first release, his sense of composition is more developed on this second record, with accompaniment from The Acorn’s Rolf Klausener and Pat Johnson, building rhythms between tales of last pages, last breaths, confrontations with nature, devils, gods and ghosts.

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