Blue J is a new Vancouver act who I got an invite to like their Facebook.
It happens to have two members who were formerly in Ruby Coast (RIP).
The members consist of Justice McLellan, Mark Whiting, Rachelle Rovner and Ethan Hall.
Early Show is their debut single.
The song has more lo-fi mellow alterna-pop sound.
Almost invein to Justice’s other band Mesa Luna which was more electro-pop.
Depressing as it is, at least there is music coming out from these guys!!
I was kind of surprised to get an email from Chris Ho.
Apparently, the Vancouver musician recently came off of hiatus and will be releasing a new record called Places You’ve Been which came out on September 3, 2017.
Have a listen to the single For Now.
Nice folk-pop tune to get through this hump Wednesday.
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The Belle Game has been one of my favorite Canadian acts in recent years.
With their lovely indie pop rock music from their 2014’s debut Ritual Tradition Habit.
Now three years later they finally dropped the second album called Fear / Nothing and on the Arts & Crafts label.
Fear / Nothing is another change with the band with them ditching the pop rock vibe and more into the sonic synth pop vibe similar from Braids.
A more dark and maturing record.
This time they have it going for them!
- I Want Nothing
I’d give Fear / Nothing:
Surprise! Said the Whale drops a new single called Nothing Makes Me Happy!
A more upbeat song that isn’t on their current album As Long as Your Eyes Are Wide.
The band’s thoughts on the new song:
“We wrote “Nothing Makes Me Happy” with our friend Ali Milner, who performs under the name WILLA. We were thinking about friends of ours who complain about their lives even though from an outsider’s perspective they’ve got everything. It’s a very common complaint to have right now, and it’s something that is perpetuated by social media – seeing your peers share only the best moments of their lives makes everything you do feel weak by comparison. And I’m guilty of it, too! We can be so focused on the goals we’re trying to achieve that we forget to take a step back and appreciate what we have. Now that I think about it, this song is a little bit like a re-hash of ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’ but targeted at insecure, privileged millennials. *shrug emoji*”
Don’t forget to see them at Hopped & Confused 2017 in Ottawa.
Holy Hum, the Vancouver-based artist Andrew Lee, has premiered a new single called “White Buzz”
“White Buzz” was the first song Lee wrote for his debut album, shortly after the passing of his father. Lee had spent a month by his father’s side in the hospital blinded by the intense white light of fluorescents and the constant buzz of life support machines. The first two stanzas deal with loss: letting go and giving it away. The final two stanzas are about sacrifice. Lee’s father was an opera singer, and the ending of “White Buzz” is an improvised attempt by Lee to sing like his father.
“White Buzz” was recorded at Phil Elverum’s studio “The Unknown” in Anacortes, Washington, entirely live off the floor, save for a few overdubs and vocals. The longest track on Holy Hum’s debut record, Lee laid down the improvised frenetic guitar solo first and wrote the rest of the song based around it. A fan of Mount Eerie, Lee asked Anacortes resident, Allyson Foster, who provided vocals on Wind’s Poem, Clear Moon, and Ocean Roar, to provide backing vocals on the track. She obliged.
In regards to “White Buzz”, Lee stated, “Whenever I think back at that time, my mind generates that buzz and my eyes adjust to the light.” Details on Holy Hum’s debut record will arrive in the coming weeks.
There was a time I used to listen to CBC Radio 3 and they usually play Prairie Cat’s music.
With it’s upbeat cheery mellow pop music that reminds me of a happy Jose Gonzalez.
Anyways Prairie Cat has a new album coming out called “Is Cary Pratt” dropping on June 9th via Fuzzy Logics Recordings.
Here are the details about the album:
“Much of the subject matter for the latest album came from a grizzly discovery while on vacation in Hawaii. On his first day of touring the powder white beaches, Cary found an idyllic spot for the day’s sun and sand; that is, until something bobbing in the water caught his eye. Even through the blinding sunlight was reflecting off the surf, Cary could sense trouble on the horizon. Not until the ambulance had pulled away did the gravity of the situation sink in. “Finding a body definitely changes the record you were planning on making” says Pratt of his most introspective record to date.
His first new single “Leave a Note” was penned directly from this experience as Prairie Cat found a new, more urgent purpose: to say what’s on his mind and not hold back. Hear this and much more on Is Cary Pratt. As Pratt says, “Life is short, so be yourself!””
Here is the music video.
If you don’t want to want to see the whole thing it is basically killing the radio.
Doesn’t breaking things feel so good?
Wow! This is a emotional song that Said the Whale has recorded.
Hearing the song will get you teary eyed.
Tyler’s thoughts on the song and that experience:
“Miscarriage is a unique kind of loss in that you’re mourning what could have been. It’s a lonely kind of loss, because miscarriage is rarely discussed. And it’s a loss of control – realizing that the future may not turn out the way you had imagined it. For me this was especially disarming since I didn’t realize how much I wanted a child until I was faced with the possibility of never having one. Miscarriage strips the joy from pregnancy and turns it into a source of grief and anxiety. But whatever sadness and anger I was feeling was only a fraction of what my partner was experiencing. The shame associated with her body not doing what it’s “biologically designed to do”, the loss of control, and the uncertainty about reproductive health – these things are all devastating. Watching the person you love go through that is heartbreaking, and it took everything I had to comfort her along with trying to comfort myself. I wrote this song in the throes of our experience. It was cathartic and therapeutic, and a lot of tears were shed. I won’t say I’m glad we went through what we did, but I will say that our experience has provided me with a perspective and an empathy that I may not have otherwise had. Our experience also makes me feel like theluckiest person on earth because our story has a happy ending – our third pregnancy was carried to term and our son was born in the summer of 2016.”
Reminder that the band will be performing at the Bronson Centre on April 5th.
In the mood for ambient mellow music?
Teen Daze released single #2 called First Rain which features S. Carey who plays in the band Bon Iver.
The track is taken from the upcoming album Themes For Dying Earth which drops on February 10, 2017
First Rain was the first song I wrote for the new LP, and the first to be written in my newest home studio. We had just moved into this new place, which is much more secluded and quiet, and I started recording almost immediately. The sound of the rain you can hear at the start and end were done on that first day of recording, right outside our front door. As the song progressed, and I tracked more instruments, having vocals lead the song felt more and more necessary. I listened to the instrumental over and over, but could never come up with something I liked. It was around this time that I contact Sean about possibly helping co-produce a song, or to collaborate in some way. He’s quite a busy guy, and involved in more than enough projects, so when he was eager to contribute I was so ecstatic. I’m such a huge fan of his, and having him want to be involved was a dream. When he sent me back what he recorded, it was so immediately perfect for the song. In an email exchange we had after everything was finished, he noted that it felt like we’re both appealing to the best versions of ourselves, and I couldn’t agree more.”
– Teen Daze (Jamison Isaak)