Vocalist and violinist Aubrey Richmond chimes in on my new album "The Space Between", which is an appropriate title given we live 2000 kilometres apart (yep, as Aubs points out, I am a Canadian, and that means the metric system - and Tim Horton's, hockey, back bacon etc.). Aubrey is an incredible musician and I am truly grateful she was able to play such a pivotal role in the narrative that plays out in the ten tracks on this album.
What's this? Sure, every once in a while I would disappear for a few months, but does that make me "elusive"? Hmmm, maybe. Anyway, Ted Russell Kamp produced this new album and played a ton of the instruments. He also brought in other great players like Jim Doyle and Eric Heywood (who played with Ray LaMontagne!) Great memories from "The Den" in beautiful downtown Eagle Rock...
What? I thought I was there... Its been two years in the making, and its finally finished - an album of songs - acoustic, rootsy, singer-songwriter material brought to life with voices and acoustic guitars, violins and a host of other earthy musical textures. Anyway, here's what the drummer had to say...
So what I did was listen to all of the artists I follow on Twitter. All of them frantically trying to get heard, so I listened. I chose my top 5 and posted them. This one is #1, and its "Technicolor Beat" by Oh Wonder. Its got a great chill vibe and for me it was 2 minutes and 59 seconds well invested. No video, just the music.
Music helps when the world's reality is more like the shit that went down in Paris. Sometimes we do need to chill ourselves just a little bit. Then what? Who knows.
My #2 fave of all the hard working bands I follow on Twitter is an outfit called Rainchild. The song is called "Watershed". At first I was tempted to skip the song because of some of the "modern rock" cliches employed in the production, but as I listened, I began to feel that they actually meant what they were saying, which is all too rare in this world of monotonous, meaningless McSongs. It doesn't even matter to me what they are saying, only that they are saying it with some serious conviction. Interested to hear more.
Fast and furious now. Having listened to every musical act I follow on Twitter, I am sharing all of the discoveries and posting my 5 favourites. This is my #3.
Well known in and around Vancouver, the band Mother Mother is really breaking out. I really like their new single "Modern Love" (video posted above), but I'm also a fan of the more adventurous material like "Get Out The Way". Check them out.
On a roll now. I've listened to EVERY musician I follow on Twitter and here's another one of my discoveries. I am posting my 5 favourites, and today is #4.
I really like Lindsay Mac a lot. Posted below is her new single "Remember", a pop EDM confection, but what I really find interesting is her singer songwriter stuff where she plays the cello pizzicato style. Check out some of those videos too.
I've listened to EVERY musician I follow on Twitter and here are my discoveries! I am posting my 5 favourites, and today is #5.
Well known in and around Toronto, this band sings in both French and English - they are called Scarlett Jane. You can also check out their more sultry side with a song called "Burning Up".
Twitter is an interesting phenomenon from a musician's perspective - so many people frantically trying to get you to listen to their song or download their album for FREE. Yes, I would say frantic is the perfect word.
Just to turn the world upside down for a moment, I decided to listen to EVERY non-superstar musician I follow on Twitter, and come up with a list of my top 5 favourite acts. I have excluded people I know and love already (Ted Russell Kamp, Aubrey Richmond, Calico The Band, Jim Doyle). I have avoided the truly frantic and focused on bands and artists that seem to be saying something in the music and not just in social media. I will post the list beginning tomorrow.
Just released - you might like Natalie Major's new collaboration with Aldous called "Into The Night". IMHO, I would have put her vocals more out in front, but hey, that's just me and its a club mix so what the hey...
Check it out here:
This is the most positive and uplifting video we've seen in ages! Now that the web and social media is flooded with images of violence and brutality, it is so refreshing to see fellow humans participating in the joyous re-creation of music. Check out the natural reverb on the guitars during the clean arpeggio sections! That would be impossible to create in the studio. There is no plug-in for Ableton or ProTools that provides "the joyous and resonant sound of 1000 fired-up Italian musicians and singers". Wish I was there to join in. Congratulations Cesena!
Out in the desert near 29 Palms, just north of the Joshua Tree National Monument, shooting the remix video for "Love At First Sight". That's NRaca Phoenyx in the foreground, very talented in so many creative ways. She delivered an amazing performance in the video, walking through glass, literally, to get some of the shots.
We'd like to introduce you to Natalie Major, a well-known and super talented singer songwriter based in Los Angeles. Natalie performed the vocals on the "Love At First Sight" track due out soon. She has dozens of great video covers on YouTube, and has a great album, lots of singles and collaborations that you can hear on SoundCloud. We were so lucky to have her sing on this track!
Two time-lapse motion control images from the video for the "Love At First Sight - subliminal remix". One of the two shots didn't make the final edit - oh well. In the right frame, Nikohl Boosheri is attempting to lip-sync in slow motion to backwards lyrics - why do we always make things so difficult for ourselves? The answer is simple, to create the most compelling images we can!