Hold up to the Fire, Echo Nebraska’s sophomore effort sees the Vancouver folk-rock outfit expand on their reputation of combining soul-strung acoustic songs with melodic pop sensibilities. They were determined to write music that was universally accessible and affirming, focusing on introspective themes of love, loss, and perseverance.
The mission to spread positivity to a wider audience stems from heartbreak within the band itself. In September 2016, bassist and founding member, Gunn Park passed away after a battle with cancer. Even though this was a difficult time for the band, they focused on channeling this loss in a positive direction. This is apparent in the album’s first single ‘Follow Me’. As songwriter Devan Christodoulou puts it, “The song is all about life and how it’s okay to rely on each other to get us through the tough times.”
Devan, Gunn, and multi-instrumentalist Andy Schichter started Echo Nebraska in the fall of 2014, with the release of a music video for ‘Hey, Allison’. Within a week of the video premiering, CBC Music added the video to their list of Best New Music Videos. Their debut EP, Send the Ships, would eventually chart across several campus stations, reaching a high of #3 on CJSF.
The band spent the next couple of years touring Send the Ships across Canada, with drummer Mike Lauder, violinist Carly Frey, and bassist Dan Ponich. After showcasing at BreakOut West 2016 in Regina, SK and CMW 2017 in Toronto, ON, Echo Nebraska turned their attention to writing the songs that would eventually make up the new record. The title track, ‘Hold up to the Fire’ was written in honor of Park, weeks after his passing. Though Park never got to perform on Hold up to the Fire, his presence is felt throughout the record.
Echo Nebraska returned to the studio this past winter with producer Jeff Dawson (Daniel Powter, Holly McNarland, The Dudes), who helped hone in on the direction the band was taking with their new collection of songs. Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Yukon Blonde, New Pornographers) was brought on to mix the album.
Ultimately, despite the loss of their friend and bandmate, Echo Nebraska pushed their musical direction forward on Hold up to the Fire, resonant with messages of hope, love, and the power of human relationships.
Kriva returns with a new full-length LP entitled R68.89. Combining a strong sense of melody and atmosphere, Wisconsin-based musician Bob Kriva has crafted ten new tracks ranging from boisterous electronica to modern classical piano minimalism, and everything in between. R68.89 is an album about uncertainty, mysterious ailments, volcanic eruptions, and ultimately about hope for a better future.
Intro - 01:53
Every Avenue Exhausted - 02:55
How Much Land Does a Man Need? - 03:38
Fire's Common Tint - 03:03
They Have Pulled Down Deep Heaven On Their Heads - 04:22
Calvin Jung, known by his stage name Plusol, is a Canadian electronic musician and 3D visual artist. Growing up in Burnaby, British Columbia, he attended the Digital Sound Production program at Burnaby North Secondary, which led him to study in the Music Technology Diploma program at Douglas College in which he graduates in June. Aside from his music, Calvin also runs an Instagram page where he post 3D art using geometric shapes while he develops an fantasy like environment. He has also provided album art for Vancouver based collective “Crystals” for their third compilation album.
Following a string of singles, Plusol’s first album, “Aura” focuses on creating a surreal, and nostalgic experience through a combination of music and artwork. He finds inspiration in film and video game scores, as well as music produced by his fellow peers in the Vancouver electronic music scene. Covering a diverse range of genres within electronic music, Plusol focuses on simultaneously diversifying his style, while creating a cohesive album experience.
Iyari is a project of Josep Mateo, member of Karta Atma, Rebery and Silveryarn, apart from other instrumental music projects and experimental like Soundreamer Days and Leth. His music is based on improvisation with guitar. He tries to capture the magic of the moment and explore new paths towards what unknown. These sounds are part of our trip, and they are waiting for us for when we need them most. With his themes he tries to return to this original point of connection where all the sounds flow and you can perceive the second music, everything is recorded in a single track; mistakes and indecisions are also part of the magic of moment. His first album "Sura" was recorded in June 2016 presenting a collection of improvisations with guitar where total freedom is the common denominator of sound, in communion with total anarchy in terms of structures and construction of the songs. In October of the same year, "Sons de Tardor" appeared and shows a certain evolution in to sound and Josep's constant search for new paths to express himself through his guitar, he brings to us eight improvisations that explain a story among all of them. In 2017 Iyari starts performing live with concerts in Ronda Barcelona and the Experimental Music Festival of Barcelona (LEM Festival) where Josep elaborates a presentation of his songs incorporating other elements such as loop pedals, drum machines and visual support with projections. In this 2018 he edits "Ostara" which is a step forward in his career recording the whole album with a loop pedal and using the effects to create hypnotic environments, other landscaping, but always looking for beauty and the mystery with its six strings.
The SirensSound presents, the new single and video “Penniless Fools" by Jessicka.
" It all started surrounding a visual of an abandoned desert motel. A sort of glamorized death of The American Dream. Then I thought of how I was seeing this mega mall, dollar store culture shut down so many cherished small businesses in my hometown. The nature of it all is so cyclical, the less our jobs pay the less we can afford to pay for our lives. This song ended up being an ode to the people working so hard to eke out a living just to maybe get that one vacation from the grind.
I describe the themes in my music as coming of age mixed with coming to terms with reality. My lyrics can get heady and dark, so I like matching them with propulsive rhythms and sharp hooks, letting my left-of-center influences combine with my love of pop music."
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.