Tag Archives: Indie

Review – “Bass Lions” – Bass Lions

by Eleni Armenakis  If you’d looked over Bass Lions’ bios before listening to their music, you wouldn’t be at fault for expecting some bone-shaking beats to come vibrating out of your speakers. But the band’s proclamations of their love for … Continue reading

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Review – “Progress” – Ryan Carr

reviewed by Eleni Armenakis  With two mandolins, five guitars and a stunning 26 harmonicas to his name, it seems like Toronto musician Ryan Carr is quite the collector. But for someone who obviously deals in quantity, the sometimes busker has … Continue reading

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Review – “Absolutely Free” – Absolutely Free

reviewed by Anna Alger Toronto’s new indie darlings Absolutely Free have released their self-titled debut record, featuring sounds akin to those of Tame Impala and Deerhunter (with decidedly more synths). The trio, composed of Matt King, Moshe Rozenberg, and Mike Claxton, … Continue reading

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Review – ” Beast to Bone” – The Sands

Reviewed by Jack Derricourt The Sands play an unexpected blend of folk tones and jazz forms, with some rock and roll grit thrown in like an oil slick on the beach. The Vancouver songwriters Julie McGeer and Peggy Lee have … Continue reading

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Review – “WEND” – Rose Brokenshire

Reviewed by Jack Derricourt Rose Brokenshire, besides having the kind of name that you can build romantic novels set in the British countryside around, can stir you. Her voice, her string plucking, her pauses — it all sets you moving beneath … Continue reading

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Review – “Caustic” – Roberta Bondar

Reviewed by Jack Derricourt Roberta Bondar are not an astronaut. They’re a band. A sick and twisted band. Alright, maybe not sick — unless they’ve caught the current bout of flu — but twisted, sure. The music on their most … Continue reading

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Review – “Cold Coast” – Secret Sun

reviewed by Eleni Armenakis  Maybe it’s the shifting seasons and my renewed interest in bundling up with a hot drink that has me sinking into Secret Sun’s soothing, semi-ambient debut so easily. The ten tracks, pairing Anne-Marie Campbell’s deep and … Continue reading

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Review – “Outer Rooms” – Outer Rooms

Reviewed by Jack Derricourt An April album for your showering September. It was recorded in April 2014, into a humble black box of home recording prowess: Outer Rooms and the story of their self-titled EP. Self described epic art rock … Continue reading

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Review – “Grey Matter” – Chersea

reviewed by Eleni Armenakis  Canadian Music Week offered up plenty of gems this year, but one of the most enjoyable finds for me came when I hit up Toronto’s The Rivoli to catch the previously reviewed The Lion The Bear … Continue reading

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Review – “Dead Soft” – Dead Soft

Reviewed by Jack Derricourt Dead Soft have been a source of pure entertainment for what feels like half a decade now. That’s a long time in Canadian indie music. The Vancouver three piece are heavy, introspective, airy, and always guitar-laden. … Continue reading

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