Kingston’s Warmer keeps things weird this Tuesday with “Howling With Coyotes”, a trippy jam. And, yes, we get to howl with the coyotes. Cool.
Singer-songwriter Julie McGeer teams up with cellist-composer Peggy Lee to form The Sands. On their debut album they gather together some of the finest musicians in Vancouver (and beyond) and call upon Jesse Zubot to produce. “Magnolia” is a good example of the result — a richly orchestrated indie folk song infused with jazz and brimming with originality.
by Mark Anthony Brennan
Guelph is fertile musical ground these days. Just to prove it here is a live performance by the math rock duo Badminton Racquet. Even stripped of all studio effects the pair still dazzle with their wizardry.
Let’s round out this edition of Weird Tuesday with Toronto’s Mystic Triangle. As you can imagine with a name like that, the band is somewhat obscure and enigmatic, but there’s no mystery to the appeal of their music — the laid-back goth/psych ambient rhythms are are easy to fall for.
Quinne Rodgers, formerly of MYTHS, performs solo as Ivory Towers. Her 4-track EP ‘Endling’ is an intense work of experimental ambiance, glitchy sounds, voice loops and dark verse. Lyrically, Rodgers expresses a fascination with death, ghosts and blood, although usually the references are metaphorical (“You’re completely covered in blood and it’s all yours”). She needs to be nimble (and she is) as she teeters right on that edge where the non-conventional plummets into the pit of the unlistenable.
I was in Vancouver so I decided to drop in on Big Joy, a relatively new festival of experimental music. On Friday night the venue was The Remington Gallery, which is smack in the middle of the Downtown Eastside. In other words, Heroin Alley. Outside the venue the street was overflowing with both garbage and individuals living on the very fringe of humanity. The discreet entrance to the gallery was next to a former hotel that was converted to social housing many years ago. Continue Reading
by Mark Anthony Brennan
Part of Born Gold’s No Sorrow Series, the video to “Flowers” depicts the adventures of a pair of feet. Of the series Cecil Frena (aka Born Gold) says, “i will also write, act in, edit, and co-direct the videos. so if you hate this shit you will be able to personally blame me.” Who’s blaming? This stuff is brilliant.
To call ‘cAthedrAls’ hip-hop or grime or bassmusic or any other recognizable genre would be misleading because the trio of producer OKPK, singer Antonia and spoken-word artist MC Magicus Carpetus take these urban sounds and raise them to the heavens. The result is something new, something haunting with both delicate beauty and disturbing edge. In more clumsy hands, the pairing of Antonia’s ethereal, sweet singing with Carpetus’ worldly grit would result in an ungainly clash, but here there is harmony in the yin and the yang And the two get to play out their vocalizing over music of startling originality. OKPK creates dizzying landscapes of scratchy beats, art rock guitars, flowing rhythms and airy atmospherics. We hope this isn’t just a one-off, because cAthedrAls create a fascinating place that we want to spend more time in.
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Just to prove that not all great Canadian indie music comes from Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, here’s a nifty collection by indie artists based in Victoria, BC. And a varied collection it is, featuring dark folk, psychedelic rock, art rock, dream pop, EDM, ambient yacht rock and stuff we don’t know how to categorize. RTT regulars will recognize a couple of bands that have made our Top Ten of the week, such as Black Valley Gospel and Deep Sea Gypsies. All proceeds go the local food bank in Victoria (Mustard Seed). And, hey, who’s not up for a good Doctor Who album cover?