Week End Wrap Up • 12.19.14
CBC Music names Vogue Dots‘ Mauka one of the most underrated albums of 2014: “Babette Hayward and Tynan Dunfield are all about seductive ambience. Mysterious, melodic and warm, the Halifax/Moncton duo’s debut EP, Toska, has all the makings of a buzz band with legs. We can’t wait to see what they do with a full-length.”
See the whole list HERE.
CBC Fredericton’s Bob Mersereau on Vogue Dots: “[Toska] was made up of electronics, synths, thumps and mini-collages, the pair creating a lush, hazy and modern cushion of sound. The vocals moved in and out, mostly just slightly obscured in the mix, loud enough to make out the words, but not overpowering. That gives the effect of a dream state, and why this genre gets called dream pop a lot. The pop part comes from the fact it is quite lovely and melodic, no matter how much tinkering and audio effects are there. The two main ingredients are still the pretty melodies and beautiful singing.”
Read the whole feature HERE.
Noisey features Christine Fellows and her new album & book of poems, Burning Daylight: “Myths can grow and change, though, and Christine Fellows’ new record, Burning Daylight (which is also the title of a Jack London novel), has discovered new treasures in the land of the midnight sun. Fellows gives us a fresh look at nature in the North—and at the women who have been relegated, by some of the region’s most celebrated writers, to a silent backdrop in front of which male adventure fantasies played out. The Gold Rush-era characters she inhabits are strong and tough as hell.”
Read the whole piece HERE.
Christine Fellows performs “Call of the Wild” from Burning Daylight for Exclaim!TV: “Opening with heavily sustained notes from her accompanying cellist, Fellows soon begins her intricately fingerpicked ukulele melodies. The minimalist approach does well in supporting Fellows’ vocals, on top of vivid lyrical work concerning nature and the environment. Moments of vocal call and response between Fellows and her cellist, who impressively harmonizes with her own instrument, give way to a celebratory chorus – a welcome bit of contrast to the song’s brooding verses.”
Check out the video below, and click HERE to read more.
MuchMusic includes The Constantines in their list of the Best Reunions of 2014: “Canadian indie-rockers The Constantines reunited to celebrate the 11th anniversary of their album, Shine A Light. This marked the first time the band had performed together since 2009 and similar to Outkast, the band went on tour all summer to celebrate their reunion. Their live set was heavy on songs from Shine A Light and was a highlight of this year’s Field Trip festival held in Toronto by Arts & Crafts Records.”
Read the whole list HERE.
BRBR on My Name Is Mathias: “…cette compilation est une occasion inouïe non seulement de savourer toute la portée de l’humour de The Burning Hell, mais aussi de saisir l’universalité derrière ces chansons. Pour cela, il ne faut remercier ni les participants au projet ni le duo Stratis et Ferrio, mais bien Mathias Kom. Ce grand témoignage d’amour permet à Kom de faire son entrée parmi les immortels de la chanson indé canadienne. Pour les mélomanes, les 18 chansons offrent un magnifique prétexte pour découvrir ou redécouvrir The Burning Hell.”
Read the whole review, en français, HERE.
Indie Shuffle on Del Bel‘s “In My Solitude” from their forthcoming self-titled album: ‘In My Solitude’ foregoes the eerie and the ominous for a far more seductive tone with a low-tempo staccato, string-bending moans, and single-strummed chords echoing throughout a sparse verse. Throw in Lisa Conway’s enticing voice and it’s hard not to picture the vocalist crooning to a dimly-lit crowd with hazes of cigarette smoke permeating the air, as lyrics like, ‘Though the whiskey bottle’s shape shifts, it proudly finds its form,” and “…by the light of the woods, I will sing for the lonely,’ are being sung. Though the song’s subtlety is maintained, it does have a modicum of grandeur, with a horn section crawling into the chorus, and a final sax solo in the outro, both delivering a luring sound that would perfectly complement a film noir.”
Read the whole review HERE.
Said The Gramophone includes Dog Day, Nap Eyes, and LIVINGSTON on his Best Songs of 2014 list. Here’s what the Giller Prize winner had to say about Nap Eyes: “A band from Halifax with a sound like young caterpillar and old silk, like the Velvet Underground and Electrelane and Destroyer and Guided by Voices. Music as simple as Nap Eyes’ seems adaptable to many metaphors. Like a towel, like a gun, like a US treasury bond – you could use this in lots of different ways. They are a rock band just so faintly tripping. They are priests of Shaolin and the Holy See, with electric guitars in their hands.”
Read the whole piece HERE.
Quick Before It Melts includes “Past The Stars” from the debut José Contreras solo album on their year end compilation Song 2014: Vol. 1. Download that comp HERE. The site also included “Way With Silence” from Vogue Dots, “Gangly Dancer” from Legato Vipers, and “What Am I Going To Do (With Everything I Know)” from The Weather Station on Volumes 5 & 6. Download those comps HERE.
Check out some concert footage of the You’ve Changed Records Five Year Anniversary Concert featuring Richard Laviolette, Baby Eagle, Marine Dreams, The Weather Station, Daniel Romano and the Trilliums, and Shotgun Jimmie:
Here is a re-cap of some of our clients that have hit the !earshot charts this week:
Top 30 Weekly National Charts:
#24 – Vogue Dots – Mauka
#28 – Dean Drouillard – UFO Houses
Top 200 Monthly National Charts for November 2014:
#14 – Legato Vipers – LV
#55 – Dean Drouillard – UFO Houses
#71 – Christine Fellows – Burning Daylight
#81 – Fossil Cliffs – Fossil Cliffs
#91 – Vogue Dots – Mauka
#123 – Coyote – Proof of Life
#135 – VKNGS – VKNGS
#180 – Bend The River – So Long Joan Fontaine
And finally, happy holidays to our friends, followers, clients, and colleagues. Wishing you all the best for 2015!
– Matt, Trev & Bo: Team Pigeon Row