Just in time for Halloween, Sc Mira’s take on “Life at Last”, which originally appeared in the 1970’s cult rock musical ‘Phantom of the Paradise’.
by Mark Anthony Brennan
The name First You Get the Sugar is quite the mouthful, but they are definitely worth taking a bite. Although their sound is certainly contemporary, FYGTS’s song structures and arrangements are a bit of a throwback to those FM radio bands of the ’70’s. The video to “Foreign Lands” features a lot of street scenes from Montreal.
Kuato’s Mike D’Eon takes some time away from the band to put out a solo effort under the name Fossil Cliffs. He recorded the 5-track EP himself in his basement, and it has the kind of eclecticism you’d expect from a guy who wants to do some exploring outside of the confines of a band. There’s math rock (“Summer Sun”), downbeat indie folk rock (“In My Eyes”) and a touch of ’90’s slacker alt pop (“Wake Me Up”). “Cold” is one of those odd, off-kilter folk numbers that you’d expect from Beck, and “Down and Out” is like a cross between Fleet Foxes and Neil Young.
The Good: “Cold”. What can I say, I’m a big Beck fan.
The Bad: Although there is overall variety, each individual song has that single-minded vision that comes with self-recorded efforts.
The Final Dust Off: A very solid solo effort, but please don’t quit Kuato.
The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer’s “A Real Fine Mess” get the video treatment. For the most part it looks like the credits to the next James Bond movie.
RAA’s new album ‘Mended With Gold’ drops this coming Tuesday (Sept. 30) and it’s a work of mature indie folk rock. Ably backed by drummer Paul Banwatt and the multi-talented Amy Cole, their music centres around the songwriting and distinctive voice of frontman Nis Edenloff. This track, “On the Rocks”, is probably my favourite, with its solid lyrics (the title references Newfoundland, as well as a crumbling relationship) and nice touches of keyboards and guitars. I also liked the two closing numbers, “Not Love or Death” and “…On the Run”, with their rolling drum beats. Aside from that, nothing here really hits it out of the park, but nevertheless it is satisfying, intelligent alternative folk.