Awake was recorded at Toronto’s Revolution Studios in the summer, and was produced and mixed by Howie Beck (Hayden, Feist, Barenaked Ladies). Written primarily while touring across North America and Europe, Awake sees the band growing from their folk foundations into a polished pop aesthetic. Lead singer and lyricist Nick Vallee believes that recording outside of Montreal and working with Howie was a real motivating factor in the band’s new direction:
“Recording with Howie in Toronto helped us step out of our old modes, and into new ways of writing songs. We pushed beyond our comfort zone, and it brought a new energy to the music.”
Later this year, Victoria’s Aidan Knight will release his third studio LP. Born out of moments of uncertainty, darkness, and directionless joy, the album seizes the sound that emerged with producer Marcus Paquin (Hey Rosetta!, Local Natives) and mixer Mathieu Parisian (Patrick Watson, Karkwa, Cirque de Soleil). “I wanted to hear the ideas as they took shape, always a difficult goal,” says Knight. “The aim, and end result, is a small collection of songs that really capture what it was like to be in the room with us.”
The first single, “The Arp” demonstrates a simultaneously vibrant and tumultuous period of his writing process. More details on the upcoming album will be announced shortly. Knight will showcase some of his new materials at NXNE in Toronto on June 19 at 9:00 PM at The Mod Club and at the Starbelly Jam Festival in Crawford, BC on July 17.
“She’s a singer with an unmistakable and communicative voice, able to convey hope and hurt with equal clarity” – Pitchfork
On May 12, Toronto singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman releases Loyalty, her 3rd and finest record yet as The Weather Station on Outside Music in Canada and Paradise of Bachelors worldwide. Born out of collaboration between Lindeman & Afie Jurvanen, a.k.a. Bahamas, at legendary La Frette studio just outside of Paris, France, Tamara’s humble immediacy gains clarity & confidence through Afie’s decisive influence and the high fidelity production of Robbie Lackritz (Feist).
This Summer, The Weather Station starts a tour across Canada and the U.S. supporting Great Lake Swimmers, Andy Shauf, and performing sets at Winnipeg’s Folk Festival, Oregon’s Pickathon, Guelph’s Hillside Festival. Links & full tour-dates below:
From Jenn Grant’s new music video for “Wild Animal”
Today Diffuser premiered the new video for Jenn Grant’s song “Wild Animal” from her recent album Compostela, out now in Canada and available in the US May 19. Here’s more from Diffuser:
The song is a perfect representation of Grant’s inherent talents; her pristine vocals are built on top of beautiful musical arrangements, making for a song that will no doubt find you hitting “repeat” multiple times.
Grant tells us the tune stems from a lot of places, “but I wrote it in the camper trailer next to my house after watching the documentary on Sixto Rodriguez, Searching for Sugarman.”