Category Archives: Grayowl Reviews

Review – “Strange Fingerprints EP” – Fern

reviewed by Laura Stanley  Fern is a recent addition to the great little Saskatoon record label The Sound & Silence Collective, making her the first folk artist signed. If they were looking for endearing emotional folk ballads, they found the perfect … Continue reading

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Review – “Lullabies and Wake-Up Calls” – Dinah Thorpe

reviewed by Michael Thomas Lullabies and Wake-Up Calls is a very apt name for this album. And the album kicks as much ass as the superhero with whom Toronto-based musician Dinah Thorpe shares a first name. As the album title might … Continue reading

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Review – “Samuel the Phoenix” – Dark Mean

reviewed by Michael Thomas Dark Mean is hardly rising from the ashes, but Samuel the Phoenix is definitely the band rising up after their excellent self-titled LP back in 2011. Those years ago, the Hamilton trio was the talk of the town, … Continue reading

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Review – “So Long” – Glory Glory

reviewed by Eleni Armenakis  There’s a decidedly polished sound to Glory Glory’s second EP, So Long. Although, since the Halifax band claims early, humble beginnings dating back to 2006 and boasts the mixing talents of Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, The … Continue reading

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Review – “Air Loom” – The Yips

reviewed by Jack Derricourt The Yips play startling music. They live in Ottawa, a pattern I’m beginning to notice amongst provocative rock and roll music here in Central Canada. Their intial EP sunk its teeth deep into the back bacon … Continue reading

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Review – “Parallel Place” – REENIE

reviewed by Elena Gritzan The titular song of REENIE’s Parallel Place depicts the ultimate form of escapism: inventing an alternate mental world to change circumstances and hide from the anxious realities of regular existence. This is depicted on the cover … Continue reading

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Review – “Mapmaker” – Francis Cheer

reviewed by Laura Stanley  Mapmaker, the debut album from Francis Cheer – the moniker for Calgary musician John Gerrard – is like coming back to the comforts of home after a journey away. In a collection of songs written and … Continue reading

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Review – “Catalysts Mixtape” – Bosveld

reviewed by Michael Thomas Music is always a work in progress. There’s no guarantee that the music you hear on record will sound the same hearing it live, and artists tend to move on past a lot of their older … Continue reading

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Review – “We’d Be Good Men” – The Lion The Bear The Fox

reviewed by Eleni Armenakis  The story of how The Lion The Bear The Fox came together sounds a bit like a never-ending jam session. The trio were touring together in support of their individual projects when they found themselves sharing … Continue reading

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Review – “Split 7″ ” – Sightlines/ Crystal Swells

Reviewed by Jack Derricourt Split seven inches! Part of me wonders what the world would look like without these morsels of music and cohabitation — more than likely a clammy, Brazil-esque waste land of no joy and cold comforts. But … Continue reading

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