Major Love was conceived in the lamplight of London’s Bedroom Bar, in the late spring of 2015. Canadian recording artists Colleen Brown and Scenic Route To Alaska each had wrapped their first tours in Germany and the UK, promoting separate album releases. They found themselves on the same dimly lit stage in Shoreditch, 7000 kms from their home-town of Edmonton, bonding over an appreciation of vintage Harmony guitars, singalong pop/rock anthems and an affinity for the spacious, soulful recordings released on the Stax and Motown labels in the 1960’s.
Their debut album was tracked live off the floor a month later, during a summer heatwave in Edmonton’s True North Studios with Jesse Northey (Jesse and the Dandelions) on faders and keys. Contributions from multi-instrumentalist Elijah Abrams followed, with mixes and co-production by Toronto-based pedal steel guru Aaron Goldstein, along with Kenneth Meehan (Daniel Romano) and the singalong single ‘So Good’ mixed by Brooklyn’s prodigious hit-makers Gus van Go and Werner F.
Two songs from this album have already been lauded for their song-craft. ‘Motherland’ - written essentially as a love letter to Alberta - won a province wide songwriting contest in 2015 through the ATB All Albertan Songwriting Competition, to the tune of $10,000; and the powerful ballad ‘I Love All Of You’ was a finalist in the Unsigned Only International Songwriting Competition for 2017.
These songs thrive at the intersection between Brown’s resonant vocal expression and SRTA’s spirited swagger. It is music to move body and soul.
"Our new single “Tear It Down” explores the question - is there beauty in destruction? The inspiration came after a senior’s residence in Edmonton suffered two explosions in 2011. Two people died because of the explosions - a murder/suicide. It happened across the street from Colleen (our singer) and it took about 3 years until the building finally underwent renewal, during which she had the privilege of watching it being gutted, rebuilt, and furnished. She wrote the song on a sunny spring day as she contemplated the strange disparity between the tradesmen’s jobs and her work as a musician. The song comes from our self titled debut LP which we’ll be releasing early next year. We tracked the album live off the floor in Edmonton during a summer heatwave in 2015 (with a few overdubs in Toronto throughout 2016/17) and are excited to be able to share it with you all now."
"Karma" is a song from Nightshifts - a Toronto based producer who spends his nights using vintage synths, groovy guitars, and drum machines to create new sonic universes. Over the past couple of years, he has utilized bouts of insomnia to write, record, and stockpile soulful, cosmic pop songs.
He has had some past musical successes in other Toronto bands and produced an official remix of “Michicant” for Bon Iver. Nightshifts is gearing up to release his debut LP as Nightshifts this November.
"My newest song “Karma” was written at a time when all my friends and I were very unsure about what we wanted to do with our lives. I wrote the song to try and calm my own nerves; to say it's ok not to know, let’s just enjoy the ride. Matthew Vlahovich of Young Empires co-produced this track at his Trinity Bellwoods Studio, and we’re glad to be able to share it with you all.
"Come Around" is the first single from Letters to Lions' new record.
"We went out with Come Around as our first single for the new record as it's the most upbeat and driven of the songs. It's a feel good song about life change and the anxiety that accompanies it. We were all living together in a house at the time experiencing some pretty heavy life circumstances, the general vibe of the song is about overcoming adversity and clawing our way out of the hole we had dug."
Released with the help of Indica Records (Australia) and Sonic Unyon (North America)
Sea Yarns is an unconventional pop/post rock project from Providence, RI.
Deifying easy classification, Sea Yarns' latest EP Nativity Spells is parts all electronic dance, post rock, surf, shoegaze, hip hop, footwork, drone, and pop without truly belonging to any of them. Drippy, bending, and airy surf-gaze guitars wash over drum machines arranged to skitter, attack, pulse, and pound their way through this 5 track EP to create a fertile soundscape for the now.
Released a week ago from today, single "On My Own" is a piece of twangy, ascending beauty from Boston-based act TOLEDO
When Jordan Dunn-Pilz and Daniel Alvarez de Toledo were just small lads, they started playing guitar in the nearby town to attract listeners. Now, the two seasoned musicians are gigging and giggling their way to success with their new band TOLEDO. With a blend of traditional and modern sounds, TOLEDO is an indie-pop, sailor-shanty, pirate-rock band from Boston, MA. Collaborating with visual artists and animators, the band is a multifaceted machine. Stay tuned to hear new content from these goons every month.
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
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.