Much like his namesake from John Steinbeck's famous novel East of Eden, there is a dark and fragile energy that surrounds the artistry of Cal Trask. As if something ominous was at unrest underneath the surface, and the threat of it coming to light pervades the seemingly calm musical landscape. In the midst of this restrained storm, Cal Trask sings with a mesmerizing voice about internal insecurities and external convictions. A voice that possesses the rare quality of providing the most comfort while being at its most vulnerable; control under the threat of losing control. Or as Trask himself states on the track “Amends” from his upcoming debut album Gemini God: “I’m a no-name Kurt Cobain/ minus the gun up against my brain.”
Cal Trask, or Calvin Heinrichs by birth, is 25 years old and currently residing in Toronto. In 2017 he released his debut Posthumous EP. Far from carefree, Trask dealt with the deaths of those around him and struggles with mental health. For Gemini God, Trask travelled to Stockholm to record and mix the ten-song album at Stureparken 1 together with producer Andreas Unge. The album was later mastered by Matt Colton (James Blake, Coldplay, Mumford and Sons).
Gemini God is a raw cry for freedom from the conventions and values that dictates our lives. Strengthened by the debut, Cal Trask no longer feared rubbing people the wrong way and went on a journey to find an unfiltered expression. “This album is written with the intention of relating to other people. For others to understand the hardships we face in life and for us to gain perspective into what others may be going through.” The result is a quiet, emotional explosion.
Even though Cal Trask is firmly rooted in the rich tradition of singer-songwriting, he doesn’t shy away from incorporating contemporary influences into his music. Similar to Bon Iver, Cal uses a well-crafted song as his starting point before dressing his work in modern garbs. Take for instance the track “Boys Do Cry” - an excellent song that would hold its own sung around a campfire, yet the final form sounds distinctly like 2018. It’s sophisticated yet accessible, relevant yet melodic.
“Gemini God is an album that says we are human; we hurt, we bleed, but we shouldn't feel alone because everyone hurts and bleeds. I choose to believe there is comfort in solidarity.”