Jay Pollock’s new album is as bright and colourful as the titular sunflowers on the cover. He breezes through a set of rootsy but contemporary songs, and incorporates blues, country, folk and jazz with seeming ease. Most satisfying is the nice fat sound that you can really sink your teeth into. Highlighted is “Circus”, a rather whimsical song with a touch of southern funk.
by Mark Anthony Brennan
Release Date: August 5th, 2014
The album ‘Who Knows Where to Begin?‘ starts with the sound of a child’s music box, which is quite appropriate given that there is a pervasive childlike theme at work here. The writing and arrangements, for example, are childlike in their simplicity. The songs are essentially just singer-songwriter Cary Pratt (a.k.a. Prairie Cat) tooling around on his electric piano, although he does recruit the help of several of his Vancouver musician friends to provide embellishment. And there is even a childlike innocence in Pratt’s earnest vocal delivery, right down to the deliberate rolling of his r‘s. In fact, you find yourself so caught up in the record’s innocence that by the time the singer drops an f-bomb in the fifth track you find yourself snickering like a 10-year old. Continue Reading
Release Date: June 23rd, 2014
One thing about eagerly waiting for something for too long is that you start to worry that you are building it up too much and that surely this is going to end in disappointment. Such was the case with the debut album from Vancouver’s Reef Shark. It was recorded in 2013 but for some reason it has been languishing for many months with only the odd teaser to keep us tantalized (like the video to “Frozen Beach”). Well, the debut is finally here and fortunately the record was definitely worth waiting for. It is, in fact, one of the best Canadian indie albums of the year so far. Continue Reading