Over the past 20 years, Dylan “The Dill” Hudecki has co-founded the post-rock duo Junior Blue with Broken Social Scene drummer Justin Peroff, toured the world with Toronto power-pop perennials By Divine Right, fronted the Hamilton Music Award-winning band Cowlick, and played bass for High Kites. He’s scored films, commercials, remixed songs, and has a side project making piano and synth-based ambient music as Awesollator. Oh, and he’s also managed to hold down a day job as a school teacher while raising three kids.
Now, he’s finally made his first solo record–and to say it’s been a long time coming would be a gross understatement. On the surface, “Greetings From” may appear to be a typical 12-song solo singer/songwriter effort, but it’s actually the greatest hits distillation of an unprecedented recording and visual art project that stretches back nearly two decades. Since 2000, The Dill has been stockpiling songs that drew from personal experience, but were brought to life through communal improvisation. With a little help from his many friends ranging from the unsung heroes in his hometown of Hamilton to some of the biggest names in Canadian indie-rock, The Dill had, by 2016, amassed a total of 52 songs, which he debuted online one at a time on a weekly basis over the course of that year. As for a physical release, well, that could only take one possible form: as a deck of playing cards of course, with each of the 52 tracks represented by an original, thematic image created specially for the project by cast of 45 Canadian visual artists. “It’s my magnum opus,” says The Dill of his 52-storey tower of song. “It was a giant snowball I rolled down the hill with lots of my friends.”
Genre: Alternative Pop