“Comes a Moment” is the lead off track for Jonathan Cavier’s album Premier and its latest single. This Phoenix based singer/songwriter’s career has taken a number of surprising turns since his debut over a decade ago as one half of the pop duo EyeTalk. EyeTalk performed hundreds of concerts across the United States, Italy, and Australia while releasing five studio albums before eventually disbanding. Cavier revamped his presentation and launched his solo career with his debut album Premier – a highly artful synthesis of influences ranging from Duran Duran to Taylor Swift crowned with his own signature style. Cavier’s lyrical content in “Comes a Moment” carries some of the themes heard on the album’s first single, “January”, in the sense that it exhibits the same positivity within a stylish musical landscape. His warm, intelligently considered vocals never overreach and weave together with the backing quite nicely.
The arrangement gives him a great platform. “Comes a Moment” begins as it ends – beautifully composed acoustic guitar fills the imagination and weaves its way around Cavier’s rich vocals. The full band falls in behind them shortly before the one minute mark and heightens the song’s inherent drama. The drumming is the key component in this. Like Cavier’s other work, the percussion is never overstated and comes in at the right times. It also brings an added physicality to a song that, shorn of its presence, might strike some listeners as a surprisingly folky number. Its contributions reach their high point during the song’s instrumental bridge and it provides the necessary propulsion to carry the song’s second half. The mid tempo pace of the song is ideal for what Cavier wants to accomplish and gives the performance just enough muscle without ever sounding or feeling heavy handed. The four minutes that Cavier takes to get across his lyrical and musical points would lose much if he had cluttered the song with too much and there’s no point where he does.
His vocals are locked in with the arrangement from the outset and have a gentle swing throughout the track. The vocal phrasing underscores critical lyric passages while backing away on others and Cavier’s choices in this area elevate the words far above their already fine standing. This is a song about the peace that comes with letting go and there’s something profoundly elegiac about his delivery. He’s clearly a singer who listens closely to the musical arrangement and attempts to respond in kind rather than simply laying his voice over the top of the track and expecting the band to follow. “Comes a Moment” has fantastic merits and makes for an ideal single from this album. The sensitivity and tastefulness that he shows here highlights the maturity of his art, but its seriousness never gets in the way of the music’s ability to entertain listeners. This is the complete package and will undoubtedly garner Jonathan Cavier some much deserved additional attention.
by Lydia Hillenburg