Following up his Juno-nominated EP Dirty Laundry, Ben Stevenson's full-length debut CaraCara is a meticulously crafted collection of songs from an unburdened creative mind. Running the gamut from minimalist R&B, to orchestral psychedelia, to 70's style folk and back again, while flirting with ideas as disparate as Alice Coltrane inspired spiritual jazz, Brazilian samba, or the glam strut of T Rex, the album is at once unselfconscious and stunningly ambitious.
Recorded in sessions that began at a studio near Joshua Tree National Park and completed in a series of marathon studio sessions in Toronto, the album was produced by Stevenson and despite his new-found focus on maintaining control of his creative output, features contributions as producers, instrumentalists and co-writers from a wide network of collaborators including Daniel Caesar, BADBADNOTGOOD's Matty Tavares, Project Pablo, Birthday Boy, Joseph Shabason of Destroyer / DIANA, and many more unsung heroes of the Toronto music scene.
According to Stevenson the varied and exploratory feeling the album conjures is the result not only of the influences and talents of those collaborators, but of the "physical and psychic" distance traveled towards this album over the course of his musical career. In a sense it's an amalgamation of his experiences as he has endeavored to draw from the pieces of his past to forge his own way forward. The
result is a classic album steeped in psychedelic soul.