I can’t help but be the eternal optimist, though, hopeful that as we progress as a nation and people, we’ll find enough common ground to feel a celebration is in order. Maybe it’s time Canada had “Something To Sing About” again. Here’s hoping we find that something soon.
Psychologists could write essays and volumes on opener “Paper Mask ‘16” alone. As a statement of intent, it lays all Alex Bent + the Emptiness’s cards on the table early while holding back the tricks (and treats) of Dead, In The Water, until later.
Every one of us has the wherewithal to join the Halluci Nation; there’s no entrance exam or oath that needs to be memorized. You just need to open your mind to the truth. You need to open your eyes to reality. And you need to open your heart to love.
If ever there were evidence of ‘the new normal’, Montreal based producer and DJ Kaytranada (Louis Kevin Celestin to his friends and family) is it. Count him among a small handful that instinctively knew how to harness the possibilities of SoundCloud, posting remixes and original beats up and courting attention of some heavy hitters who […]
Beard Springsteen’s “Bored at the ECMAs” may have nothing at all to do with the annual Maritimes music awards, but that title couldn’t be any better at nailing the malaise and melancholy Millennials and the Middle Aged alike are both feeling in 2016: What happened to my future?
But eyes are opening. Minds are waking. Nations are rising, and rising again. A Tribe Called Red is wiping away borders, dismantling barriers that have stood between justice and ignorance for generations, and signing up recruits to the Halluci Nation.
Weird Lines’ self-titled debut album is the sound of summer. Guitars buzzing like pissed of cicadas, bass as heavy as the days are long, harmonies bright and effervescent the way sunshine would bubble and sparkle if you liquified it and sold it in bottles.
Dominions by Sarah Davachi My partner came into the living room as I played Sarah Davachi’s album Dominions, and asked: “What’s that noise?” “It’s… music,” I replied automatically, very aware that the answer once again opened up the unspoken chasm between his and my concepts of what ‘music’ means. That briefest of exchanges got me […]
Preoccupations by Preoccupations I get it. Preoccupations’ previous name sucked, in a pretty big way. It made people angry, made them call for action, and demanded some kind of recognition of wrong. I can also get how fraught the prospect of starting over can be, and how destructive that process can be on the individuals involved, […]
Halifax’s Sarah Denim‘s “Lights On” is a watercolour painting inked over with crisp dark lines. Squiggly synth lines highlight and accent the vivid palette she uses in broad brush strokes as the base of her minimalist work of art. About 40 seconds in, the slightest of pauses–pregnant with anticipation–bursts forward, animating the song and bringing it to […]
With the minimalist of beats, Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray make maximum impact on Find Safety, the latest release from their ongoing musical collaboration, LAL. Murray describes the album as a return to their roots to a sample based, two-bar loop aesthetic, stripping away music industry expectations and focussing on LAL’s strength and “…what we wanted […]
Though Doomsquad may have started life as a tongue-in-cheek, inside joke between the Blumas siblings, with their second full length, Total Time, the band has morphed into a mystical, semi-religious, multi-sensory experience that’s garnering devoted followers with every beat and note of music they produce. The soundbite story around Total Time is that Trevor, Jaclyn […]
Spooky Action at a Distance by Frederick Squire (2016) Listen to “Bike Thief” and you’ll hear the way Frederick Squire build’s a song from the outside in, cracking a tough outer shell, exposing the tender fruit within in search of the seed, the essence at the core. It’s a song over ten years old, written […]
Spooky Action at a Distance by Frederick Squire (2016) Physics was never my strong suit in secondary school. Mind you, secondary school in general wasn’t exactly a walk in the park for me either, but suffice to say my focus in those formative years was on the arts more than science. No surprise then, that […]