Category Archives: Grayowl Reviews

Review – “Sweat Shop Crop Top” – Scott Royle

reviewed by Anna Alger Sweat Shop Crop Top is an introduction to the sound of Scott Royle, an inventive and passionate  songwriter who hails from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Royle has spent nearly a decade playing on the east coast, yet only … Continue reading

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Review – “The Tempest of Old” – Gabrielle Papillon

reviewed by Laura Stanley  There’s something incredibly striking about Gabrielle Papillon’s familiarity. Her music is a mix between Jenn Grant, a bit of Kathleen Edwards, and a dash of The Weepies. And yet, Papillon is not like them at all. … Continue reading

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Review – “The Park Avenue Sobriety Test” – Joel Plaskett

reviewed by Michael Thomas What is the Park Avenue Sobriety Test? It’s actually two things—a metal guardrail that several drunk drivers have crashed into in Darmouth, Nova Scotia; it also is an acronym for “the past.” Both of these definitions … Continue reading

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Review – “Hot Slaw” – The Faps

reviewed by Jack Derricourt The Canadian wilderness welcomes the Faps — that’d be a band name, as well as one of the funniest terms bred by 21st century internet fiends. The road-tried two-piece of a band makes music that can … Continue reading

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Review – “Quiet Songs EP” – Lindsay Kupser

reviewed by Kirsty Chan Lindsay Kupser’s Quiet Songs EP lives up to its name with five delicately crafted songs. Kupser is a Calgary native currently residing in Boston, but the singer-songwriter has plans to relocate to Vancouver in the near … Continue reading

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Review – “Top 40 Radio Memory Dream (Oh Yeah!)” – Purple Hill

reviewed by Elysse Cloma Purple Hill plays rock and roll “that encompasses decades”. Top 40 Radio Memory Dream (Oh Yeah!) is an album title that says it all. Purple Hill has demonstrated the ability to replicate the popular rock and roll … Continue reading

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Review – “Goon” – Tobias Jesso Jr.

reviewed by Laura Stanley Despite its playful title, Goon is an emotional powerhouse. Its subtle delivery demands your full attention and attention is what it’s getting. Quite suddenly, Vancouver’s Tobias Jesso Jr. is a familiar name – performing his hit … Continue reading

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Review – “Little Mourning” – Milk & Bone

reviewed by Michael Thomas With a minimal approach, Milk & Bone have somehow created one of the most piercing albums in quite some time. Little Mourning is a collection of little heartaches: pining for someone you’ll never have; a lover departing; the realization … Continue reading

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Review – “As We Travel” – Snowday

reviewed by Chris Matei Ambient music can be a tough nut to crack: set the dials a bit too loose, and it’s easy for the listener’s attention to wander away in mid-thought. Set them too tight, and you get the … Continue reading

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Review – “No Perfect Wave” – C Diab

reviewed by Jack Derricourt C Diab is at it again. It always seems that whenever I feel my musical tastes burgeoning with weirdness, that I’m reaching the top of the Holy Mountain of strange sonics, the Vancouver ambient bowed guitar … Continue reading

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