The title ”Some/Any/New” is his nod to Todd Rundgren’s Something Anything album and reflects both the atmosphere and the process. Boyer crafted the new set using a laptop, an 8-track and a few cherished instruments (a groovebox, a guitalele and a casiotone). He also played everything, save a few overdubs recorded with collaborator Stéphane Laporte. The album is awash with classic melodies, sweet Odyssey and Oracle-esque vocals and the songs have a warm, organic glow, enhanced by some rough edges and little imperfections, happy accidents of the DIY nature of the recordings.
What is supremely evident is Xavier’s ability as a songwriter, here he again delivers a set of gorgeous, contemporary and immediate pop songs. From the exquisite harmonies and frayed electronics of “Cherry Cloud Panic” through to the down-tempo, deliciously melancholic track, “Longing/The International Merry-Go-Round”, we are in the company of an artist, confident in his creative ability.
~Tom Super World Indie Tunes