Cantor Dust began around the turn of the century as pianist Mark Klassen began the task of writing and self-recording songs in a basement apartment in Winnipeg. After much exploration, he embarked on the dream-like journey of creating albums spanning from primarily instrumental orchestrations to concept albums outlining tales of otherworldly natures. In 2003, his first album Swallowed By The Night was released; a solo journey through darkened dreams and falling poppy petals.
The path of album creation led to a number of concept albums including The Contaminated Man, Belladonna, and Blind Date, spinning fantastic tales of alien abduction, poison, and perilous psychiatric diagnoses. As the years progressed, Cantor Dust’s musical arrangements spanned between serious and introspective subject matter to a far more comical and light-hearted component; their heavy, brooding and psychedelic musical elements contrasted by often ridiculous lyrics.
2011 found Cantor Dust united with a four-piece consisting of percussion, cello, trumpet, and guest vocalists, for the performance of Safaris I’ve Been On; a compendium of adventures through time and space, delivering the listener throughout magical landscapes of two-stepping mountains and interdimensional seas; filled with all sorts of creatures of whimsy and wonder. Safaris I’ve Been On served indeed as a story-telling children’s album for the imaginative adult audience.
In 2015, Cantor Dust released its first recording to rely heavily upon other musicians in the studio, I Can’t Find My Cape, a pop-rock infused album of eternal dynamics, bewilderment, and fear. Piano and synth-based compositions driven by elegant drums and texturing guitars, symphonic orchestration, and towering vocals to deliver a powerful message of the world’s epic heroes’ inabilities to bring us safely from the apocalypse.
Paired with cellist Natanielle Felicitas, the band now finds itself exploring new reaches of space in the creation of its upcoming album as a two-piece.