Idols Of Exile was the first album to fully confirm Jason’s potency as a storyteller. The laidback “Fire,” the vivid “Hangover Days,” a jubilant duet with Emily Haines, and the exultant “I’ll Bring The Sun,” Idols cemented Collett’s penchant for collaboration, both as a cohesive band leader and a cunning curator.
Jason appears every few years with a new songbook of sharp-witted musical commentary, each with a unique sonic tilt. From the energetic guitar-led Here’s To Being Here, to the roots-inflected Rat A Tat Tat, Collett has woven each release with vital chronicles of Canadiana. From the political injection of Reckon to the hip-swaying edge of Song And Dance Man, Collett has evolved without hardly aging, a testament to the power of simplicity and writing in reverence to the word, and the world.