NO TERRAIN is the brainchild of the Toronto, CA based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and world renowned street performer Aidan Koper. Koper who also astounds audiences with his dangerous, circus-like stunts under the moniker Billions Cobra has graced the 'The Late Show' stage with David Letterman, and even displayed his talents for the likes of Ellen Degeneres, Natalie Portman, and the president of Singapore! The self-titled NO TERRAIN EP which was released on November 18th, was recorded at Leon Taheny's Union Sound studio in Toronto. A few of Taheny's credits as a producer include work with Dilly Dally, Weaves, Owen Pallett, and being the recipient of the first ever Polaris Music Prize for Owen Pallett's album He Poos Clouds. Musically the NO TERRAIN EP is a five song collection of synth-heavy, melodic gems that embrace the essence of 80's New Wave while steering clear of any sonic cliches.
Thrills' is about a nostalgia overdose on a hazy afternoon. Lampshades came together in 2015 with the aim of taking the weirdness they admired in ‘80s noise rock and adding their own frenetic energy into the mix. Their recording efforts to date, showcase a ferocious and visceral sound that captures their intense live performances and their thematic preoccupations with the disengagement and disenfranchisement found within the urban landscape. Lampshades follow the path their predecessors carved out as they looked for hope within the dirty and ugly aspects of a paranoid society.
“Hewing Crowns” is the first single from herharbour's sophomore release, and is the oldest song on the album. She chose it as the opening track and first release as she felt it introduced the space from which she started writing Go Gently Into the Night and that it could serve as a preface to the demons she attempted to quell in making the album.
Out on February 3, 2017 with E-Tron Records, 'Go Gently Into the Night' is about cycles. Herharbour wrote the songs at a time where death felt omnipresent. This album has been her attempt at making peace with death as a character of growing importance in her life.
Edited by Mike Dubue, the video is made up of found footage from the 1966 short film “Silent Snow, Secret Snow” by Conrad Aiken. She wrote and produced the album in Ottawa and recorded with Dave Draves at Little Bullhorn Studio.
Separate Grooves (release date Nov. 2) is on the rock end with pretty singing, vintage keys inspired, and 90s -ish sounding distorted guitars (and a couple acoustic thrown in).
Some themes explored on the album besides loss/love (Miss Invisible, Separate Grooves, Working for You) - airline travel (TSA Patdown), the affordable housing crisis (Tenement Cove), and self-funded artists (Wanting In).
On Saturday, May 20, multi-instrumentalist and lauded bass player Erik Kramer released his debut studio endeavor, an EP entitled ‘Missed the Boat.’ The Brooklyn-based musician has an especially eclectic sound, one that employs the talent of a slew of musicians: saxophone, trombone, viola, trumpet, back-up vocalists - they’re all there. An experimental record through and through, ‘Missed the Boat’ is an indie record quite unlike anything else that’s come across my desk in recent months.