Fraser’s ‘House on a Hill’ springs from the purest roots


And so it goes; the crop of rural Canadian music continues (for me at least). Like Prince and Madonna, Fraser rocks the one-name moniker. Household name much? Fraser: the next Cher. Okay sorry, sorry, I’ve had enough fun, at this point I’m just doing Fraser’s music a disservice. Indulge me though, I’m working with this literary device where I discuss music so dissimilar to what I’m about to describe that it makes my upcoming profile that much more unique. Bonus points for anyone who knows what that’s called. (Because, um, …I forget. Is there even such a thing?) Moving on!

From the backwoods of Ontario, Fraser plays such heartwarming music that really would be much better suited for a Winter write-up – but we take what we can get. Especially when what we get is good. Fraser’s smoky voice and rootsy sounds hit the most delicate parts of the human soul – he taps slowly and entrancingly with his acoustic guitar and harmonica to allow himself in, then settles deep in our core with the most earthy and folksy of tones. At once, I am at ease.

Fraser’s most recent album, and essentially his commercial debut, House on a Hill, was released in December of ’08. For House on a Hill he incorporates the talents of Brad Marsh on drums and percussion and Adam Cake on bass, but doesn’t lose the independent edge. As the title implies, Fraser makes us feel at home. His bio reads:

Fraser has become a soundtrack for driving down a dirt road, renovating a house, [and] sharing a bottle of wine with friends.

And now I look pretty foolish. In my attempt to describe his music in oh so many words, this one sentence sums up exactly how Fraser sounds. Elegant, yet raw at heart.

Fraser – “Going Home” [MP3]

Fraser – “A Story” [MP3]

Fraser – “Love Song” [MP3]

Fraser on MySpace

1 comment to Fraser’s ‘House on a Hill’ springs from the purest roots

  • Hey! Thanks for this tips, I really liked Fraser. Don’t worry about your language; all those music blogs makes me learn new words. “Earthy” and “folksy” are definately unheard (by me) of before.