Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Music, Roots, Watch

[Watch] Black Country – Long Winter

No Comments 05 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The video to “Long Winter” by Black Country actually shows a summer image of long grass swaying in the wind. Joshua Richardson’s mournful singing is backed by lovely atmospheric instrumentation. Beautiful song all around.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Dan Mangan + Blacksmith- Mouthpiece

No Comments 05 November 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Dan Mangan and his band The Blacksmith has dropped another tune from their upcoming album Club Meds called “Mouthpiece”. The dark tune tumbles along with Mangan’s powerful lyrics.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Ivory Towers – Where We’re from the Birds Sing a Pretty Song

No Comments 05 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Vancouver’s Ivory Towers (aka Quinne Rodgers) writhes in a strange dance in front of the ghostly glow of her computer screen. It’s all delightfully odd and a little disconcerting (I mean in a good way — I like things to be edgy).

Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Music, Watch

[Watch] Owen Pallett – In conflict

No Comments 05 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The title track to Owen Pallett’s ‘In Conflict’ gets the video treatment, rather belatedly. The video is subdued but intriguing, sort of like Pallett’s music.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Harley Alexander – Scaredey Cats

No Comments 04 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
scardey cats

I would say Halifax edges out Montreal this week for weirdness, with Vancouver coming in a decent third. This is the off-kilter (and maybe off-key) “Scaredey Cats” by Harley Alexander, featuring Dr. Strongdoctor on vocals.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Shoegaze

[Listen] Painful Shivers – Blu

No Comments 04 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The delightfully off-beat indie pop song “Blu” by Montreal’s Painful Shivers. They describe their music as ‘devotional prom rock’ and I honestly don’t know whether they’re kidding or serious. Whatever.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Fire/Works – Elephants

No Comments 04 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
elephants

Just odd enough to qualify for our Tuesday roster. Fire/Works is the Montreal duo of Jonathan Peters and David Lagacé. “Elephants” is from their new album of quirky dark folk, ‘Shenanigans’.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Hearing Trees – Room for You

No Comments 02 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
hearing trees

Sinister-edged driving indie folk-rock from Winnipeg’s Hearing Trees. Great song, plus the best album cover art I’ve seen all year. What’s not to like?

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Garage, Listen, Music

[Listen] Little You Little Me – Hard to Find

No Comments 02 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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A more restrained than usual performance from Little You Little Me, although the dark-folk track takes on more of an electric edge towards the end.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Interviews, Music

Interview: Brodie Dawson

No Comments 02 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Photo by Kirk Friederich

Photo by Kirk Friederich

It is not easy being a musician anywhere these days, what with CD sales plummeting and fewer record deals to go around.  But surely things are even worse for an artist trying to eke out a career in a community like the Comox Valley (on Vancouver Island, BC), which is somewhat removed from any music industry hub? Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music

[Watch] Tom Fun Orchestra- Earthworm Heart

No Comments 01 November 2014

by Tiana Feng

Earthworm Heart from Trunk Animation on Vimeo.

Tom Fun Orchestra's video for "Earthworm Heart" is a wonderful animation by UK studio Trunk Animation.

Acoustic, Canadian, Folk, Pop, Watch

[Watch] KASHKA – Salmon Arms

No Comments 01 November 2014

By Mark Anthony Brennan Kat Burns now performs as KASHKA. The video to her folk pop tune "Salmon Arms" was shot, edited and hand-painted by Burns herself.

Canadian, Chillwave, Folk, Listen, Music, Roots

[Listen] Amanita Bloom – Just Like Skin

No Comments 31 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
amanita bloom

OK, so we may be slow on the uptake sometimes but we always get around to the good stuff eventually. Amanita Bloom follow up their excellent debut ‘Furniture Music’ with the equally good ‘Neither the Sea Nor the Land’ (yes, I know, it was like ten months ago). “Just Like Skin” is a prime example of their atmospheric dark folk.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Oh Village – In a Dark and Quiet Place

No Comments 30 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
oh village

Oh Village made an impressive debut with ‘Far Side of the Sea’ but they really seem to be coming into their own on their latest release ‘To Rely’. Just give a listen to the nuanced indie folk rock number “In a Dark and Quiet Place” to see (or hear, I guess) what I mean.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Soul

[Listen] Frazey Ford – September Fields

No Comments 30 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Former member of The Be Good Tanyas puts out another excellent record, ‘Indian Ocean’. In “September Fields” she offers up a breezy blend of country, folk and soul.

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