Indifferent is the first track on Laughed the Boy’s upcoming full-length album scheduled to be released by the end of the year. It’s one of the first songs they started playing as a full band and really captures the garage-minimalist sound that will be prevalent on the album. Though bright and bouncy in melody, the song is a personal reflection on disenchantment in young adulthood. Laughed the Boy began as an outlet for honest and unpretentious 90s nostalgia inspired songs. While rehearsing for shows, they ended up with an album’s worth of fresh material and headed into the studio once again to record 9 new tracks that will make up their debut full-length LP scheduled to be released by the end of 2016.
The video was recorded during 2 days in Sweden last summer and was directed, produced and edited by Francis Moon. The song is about letting go of barriers and tries to look forward despite obstacles standing in front. A person can do so much with just some encouragement and new energy from people around. Sometimes it doesn´t require much to take that extra step in the right direction. This video and song might very well be all you need for today.
“When We Were Young” is about making things together. I’m a descendant of a long line of makers. My maternal grandfather was a shoemaker who also made ornate wood carvings with a pen knife. My mother was a visual artist, phenomenal cook and quilt maker.My ancestors from both sides of my family experienced poverty, war, suffering, beyond anything I can imagine. And yet in the face of that, they continued to make things of incredible beauty.This new single explores my connection to the past. When I was a child, my mother had a subscription to ARTnews, and one edition had an article about a Canadian artist – Janet Morton – who knit a sweater for a house on Ward’s Island. I thought it was the most amazing concept and it was the initial inspiration for the song – its working title (Sweater For A House) came from that.”
Anna Atkinson will release ‘Sky Stacked Full’ in October. The songs were written over a span of ten years and recorded over a period of five months at CBC Studio 211 in Toronto, featuring the playing of co-producer and guitarist David Occhipinti.
Jovana Golubovic is a 27-year-old singer-songwriter from Vancouver BC. She started singing and playing piano at age 12, picking up guitar two years later, and began writing songs seriously around age 20, when she started learning about recording and making demos right away.In addition to her solo work,she is currently involved in another project called Les Chaussettes, where she sings, plays guitar, and writes the songs.They’ve been active since 2013 and their sound is in the vein of ’60s rock. They had two 7inch records put out by a UK label called Punk Fox Records, with tracks having been played on BBC Radio 6. In June they released their full-length album called ‘Who Will Read Your Mind’.Jovana has been working on her solo project with producer Felix Fung. “You and I/How Can I Make You Love Me” is her second solo release; the first was a single called “Where I’m Going” which she put out in March 2016. Felix also plays in Les Chaussettes and records the band’s material. Jovana is influenced by Simon and Garfunkel, The Shangri-Las, Dusty Springfield, Billie Holiday, and the popular music from childhood, like Mariah Carey and No Doubt and Chopin. Balkan folklore influences appears in her songs sometimes, as she is from ex-Yugoslavia (born in Belgrade).
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.