Sound Advice: Praise Break, by Daniel Caesar
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Sound Advice: Praise Break, by Daniel Caesar

The Toronto-based singer's latest EP proves R&B and soul are alive and well in Canada.

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R&B music holds an odd position in the Canadian music landscape. It’s respected, but due to the lack of a sustaining star system here, it’s always struggled to grab mindshare from the Canadian public. Many artists have tried to break through, with varying degrees of success. But if you have your ear to the underground, you’ll find plenty of artists who have seen the success of such names as the Weeknd and want to make a go of things themselves.

Enter Daniel Caesar.

Originating in Oshawa and now based in Toronto, the singer-songwriter’s latest EP, Praise Break, is a sign that R&B and soul sounds are alive and well in Canada. The first thing that grabs you on this seven-track project is how polished it is. Next is how impressive Caesar’s vocals and musical ability are. Encompassing themes of love, religion, and spirituality, the track “Violet” comes off like a lost Frank Ocean B-side, with a vocal and lyrical maturity that will leave you wondering why our local R&B artists get so little recognition.

Cuts such as “Casablanca” and “Pseudo” run along the same wavelength; they demand your attention. Praise Break is proof that there is a Toronto-based soul movement happening, and it’s ready to burst—so get on board now, or get left behind.