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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.