"Cruel" comes from a place of honestly trying to listen and hear other people’s experience of the world - particularly those whose voices are often silenced and shut down. those voices we need to be listening to and raising up right now.
“Cruel” was produced by Kindness (Robyn, Solange, Blood Orange) along with the rest of Adrian Underhill's debut album which is set for release later this year. The 10 songs on ‘CU Again’ are the culmination of many years of sonic exploration. Having grown up in Vancouver before moving to Montreal and then Toronto, spending time in rock bands and making lo-fi recordings on his own, before moving towards a 70s songwriter vibe infused with a more modern production style & sound.
"On ‘Cruel’, I was lucky to have Damon Riddick (DāM-FunK) on drums, Keith Eaddy on bass and Blue May on guitar with those perfectly placed guitar licks. I love how the live drums and bass sit over top of the samples and drum machine giving the track a unique rhythmic backdrop that keeps pushing you forwards."
Dore Mear Beon is a solo recording project by Andrew Sagriff. The project mixes math rock, progressive rock and post rock elements to envelope an intricate yet emotive sound.
"A Commending Paean for the Forgotten Henrietta Swan Leavitt" is a full length album by Dore Mear Beon. It is emotive progressive instrumental rock album, layered with an album narrative that explores cosmological and human themes, mixing the personal with the universal which reflects the music's balance of intricate song structures with affective harmonies.
“Seventeen, Baby” hooks from the get-go, with late-night brass and a smoothly paced rhythm section establishing the feel. The vocals begin with a subdued presence, though escalate as the track progresses, going as far to compare to Jeff Buckley’s emotional presence at points.
The “seventeen, baby” pause – followed by the smattering of brass – is an excellent mid-point placement, guiding into a final minute that’s beautifully capped off by a vocal turn into smooth R&B, for a fleeting moment.
"Seventeen, Baby" started out as purely electronic track made by Richard, the guitar player. "We liked it very much and started experimenting with it, playing it together live and it slowly formed to its current form," the band explains. "There were, however, empty parts in the beginning and in the middle and we immediately felt that trumpet would do magic there. Fortunately, we have a friend who is a trumpet player and he played a beautiful trumpet link in the parts we wanted and even in other parts of the song to enhance the emotion. It is the only track that has a guest musician in it from the album."
"We´re kinda like black sheep on the scene, a four-piece: a natural shredder, a drummer, a singer, and a misanthrope. Our history began sometime in the fall of 2010. Since then, we´ve played any genre that the critics and fans could come up with. We come from a relatively small town of Prešov, in a relatively small country of Slovakia, so we´re relatively humble but somewhere deep inside, everyone of us wants to sell out and buy a roadster. Our mutual goal is to be idolized sometime in the future, just like motivation speakers or cat videos."
"When writing my new single “Fathers Day”, I realized that everyone is a little lost - that gave me some solace in trusting my own opinions. The song sheds some new light on my childhood and inspired some conflicting realizations about my last few months with my father.Thematically, “Fathers Day” is an accurate representation of the musical project as a whole. The foundation of NONA is based on feeling the pressure to create and realize something on my own without compromise. There’s a deep rooted self reflection in each song which inspires a sense of nostalgia."
"Way Too Much” is the first single from Smash Boom Pow's upcoming EP.
They are a blood brother duo from Vancouver, BC that have been lucky enough to make music a way of life. Ulysses [vocals/guitar] came up with this track to clear some heavy vibes from his atmosphere. It was cathartic and therapeutic all at once, as well as satisfying for him as an indie rock fanboy.
The lyric “you’re asking way too much of me” is not about an unreasonable labour request, but rather unfair emotional demands and the psychic damage they can inflict. On one hand, you have love for someone and are inclined to compromise for the sake of the relationship, on the other you’ve gotta be true to your experience and set the record straight. It’s not worth living a lie.
Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’
NAAL is an eclectic music project led by Chicago composer Dave Mantel. This talented musician has a true passion for great melodies and haunting musical textures. His blend of ambient, shoegaze and experimental drone music feels personal and unique, echoing the work of artists such as Slowdive, Boards of Canada or Sigur Ros, just to mention a few.