Cyrus Gengras is a guide in Sight Unseen. The most important thing is to just listen to his voice, or else you’ll end up falling into a state of deep memorization during this album. Gengras’ music is what people think of when they are dreaming of a cool rock lifestyle in California.
In “Sight Unseen”, Gengras delivers youth in this collection’s foundational track. The back and forth between his voice and the accompanying acapella humming from the backups set the stage for the album. They both establish themselves as vital components of Sight Unseen. “Petty Crime” is one track where we hear Gengras excited. His fingers strum the guitar a bit faster and with a bit more energy than anywhere else, although, his calm and collective voice doesn’t let the track stand too far out from the rest of Sight Unseen’s hum-drum mood. Listeners are most alone with Gengras in “I Don’t Wanna Talk About It.”
The music is wispy and Gengras calls out for the audience while standing at the end of a long tunnel. His echoes urge listeners to forget they are in the room with anyone else. “I Don’t Wanna Talk About It” is confessional as well as transformative. It sings of a past “it”, or more precisely a who when we hear, “change your name, but I feel the same walking out the door” which ends the album with a figurative signature of final emotion. A feeling of maturity is felt with “First Try”, the albums final track. Here is where we trust Gengras and his backups the most. They have developed to give us a true taste of their symbiosis like we were teased in the chorus of “Ghost”. The layering makes listeners feel secure and confident of their execution. This last track ends like an orchestra leaving us with a taste of grandeur, especially during its last closing seconds.