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Frazey Ford

U Kin Be The Sun

    On her third album U kin B the Sun, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter FrazeyFord inhabits an entire world of shapeshifting rhythm, elevating every beat and groove with the subtle magnetism of her mesmerizing voice. At turns ecstatic and heavy-hearted, gloriously shambolic and deeply purifying, U kin B the Sun is the outcome of a certain personal transformation that Ford has experienced in recent years. With its graceful collision of soul and psychedelia and sometimes ’70s funk, it’s a body of work that invites both self-reflection and wildly joyful movement, and ultimately sparks a quiet transcendence.

    A departure from the guitar-driven and largely solitary songwriting that’s defined Ford’s previous work, both in her folk bluegrass trio The Be Good Tanyas and her solo albums Obadiah (2011) and Indian Ocean (2014), much of U kin B the Sun took shape from spontaneous collaboration with her longtime bassist Darren Parris and drummer Leon Power. Over the course of several late-night sessions in the thick of summer 2019, the three musicians joined producer John Raham (Destroyer, Stars, Dan Mangan, Said The Whale) in dreaming up a brilliantly untethered sound, recording as they improvised and continually tapping into their potent camaraderie.


    The debut album of electronic-inflected folk-soul by Brooklyn-based duo Overcoats.

    Produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Daughter, Dirty Projectors, Wye Oak, Cass McCombs) and experimental R&B artist Autre Ne Veut. Mixed by Ben Baptie (Låpsley, Lianne La Havas).

    For fans of Lykke Li, Sylvan Esso, Fleet Foxes, Laura Marling, Lion Babe, King Krule, Jess Glynne, Amy Winehouse, Chet Faker, Jamie xx.

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    Barry says: Brilliantly smooth electronic soul, neon synth anthems and the soaring two-part vocals of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell. Folky but electronically injected, danceable but written from the soul. Superb outing. One to watch out for.

    Kid Koala Featuring Emiliana Torrini

    Music To Draw To: Satellite

    Fifth solo studio album from world-renowned scratch DJ, producer, composer and graphic novelist Kid Koala.

    Kid Koala’s first vocal collaboration / first time as lyricist / first instrumental composition and his first release on Arts & Crafts, following four albums on seminal electronic label Ninja Tune.

    Icelandic singer-songwriter Emilíana Torrini features on this first instalment of the ‘Music To Draw To’ collaborative series.

    Kid Koala’s lyrics tell a story of discovery and loss, based on the Mars 1 Mission.

    Inspired by Kid Koala’s interactive ‘Music To Draw To’ and ‘Satellite’ multimedia events.
    Contributed to film scores ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’, among others.

    He has composed music for Cartoon Network, Sesame Street, Adult Swim and the National Film Board Of Canada.

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    Deluxe CD Info: Deluxe CD and sketchbook edition.

    Brendan Canning is the co-founder of the Toronto supergroup Broken Social Scene that includes members of Metric, Do Make Say Think, Stars and the Grammy-nominated Feist. One of the most enduring and influential alternative bands of the 00s, Broken Social Scene’s ‘You Forgot It In People’ defined the ‘indie rock’ era and paved the way for Canadian acts like Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade. Canning’s third solo album, ‘The Home Wrecking Years’, is his first release with a full band since Broken Social Scene’s 2010 release ‘Forgiveness Rock Record’. The album is released on Arts & Crafts and marks Canning’s first solo album release since 2013’s ‘You Gots 2 Chill’. While that record had been crafted solo in his living room, ‘Home Wrecking Years’ features a few other musicians helping fill out the sound. This includes fellow Broken Social Scene members Sam Goldberg and Justin Peroff, as well as former Stills keyboardist Liam O’Neil.

    Literally and figuratively, Lowell is a wolf. Her very name stems from the French origin of the word but her approach to music and creating and the way she has embraced both are a testament to both she and her namesake: fearless, determined and a natural pack leader.

    Toronto-based artist Lowell first cut her teeth on a collaborative mini-album project with the Apparatjik collective, featuring Grammy-winning producer Martin Terefe, members of A-ha, Coldplay and MEW. ‘Apparatjik Presents Lowell: If You Can, Solve This Jumble’ introduced Lowell’s infectious vocal personality, soundly juxtaposed with adventurous electronic production, like on the Lowell-lead ‘Shake Him Off’.

    With her solo debut on Arts & Crafts, the self-styled singer, songwriter, producer and video artist takes a bold leap forward with celebratory pop songs buoyed by contagious melody and Lowell’s sensual, provocative, artful and invulnerable one-up on artists like Lyyke Li and Santigold, as heard on lead tracks ‘The Bells’ and ‘I Love You Money’.

    Lowell’s songwriting credits include songs for Icona Pop, Backstreet Boys and Yuna.

    For fans of Lykke Li, Grimes, Florence & The Machine, M.I.A.

    Vancouver-based Gold & Youth write songs tinged with nostalgic desire. Their music evokes memories of neo-noir Los Angeles, cinematic haze and midnight solitudes.

    Building off the acclaim for their ‘Time To Kill’ / ‘City Of Quartz’ 7” single, heralded by The Guardian and NME, and a cross-Canada tour supporting Diamond Rings, Gold & Youth will release their debut album ‘Beyond Wilderness’ through Arts & Crafts.

    ‘Beyond Wilderness’ draws on aesthetics and instrumentation reminiscent of the 1980s. Dark and expansive synthetic textures are punctuated by programmed drums and interwoven with melancholy vocals, detuned synth melodies and understated guitars. The album varies from the cold, industrial sounds of Depeche Mode to the tenderness of ‘Avalon’-era Roxy Music.

    The band is comprised of Matthew Lyall, Murray Mckenzie, Jeff Mitchelmore and, most recently, Louise Burns, already well known for her own work as a solo artist, lending her voice to four of the album’s tracks, including the first single ‘Jewel’.

    The record was produced by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, New Pornographers, Dan Mangan) and mixed by Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Interpol, Grizzly Bear).

    Jason Collett is one of Canada’s most beloved songwriters and storytellers, with a powerful and diverse catalogue of rock and folk compositions stretching back more than a decade. From his earliest works with Toronto collective Broken Social Scene to his 2005 breakthrough ‘Idols Of Exile’, Collett has received constant critical acclaim.

    One of Arts & Crafts’ most consistent and successful artists, he continued his strong run of solo releases with ‘Here’s To Being Here’ (2008), ‘Rat A Tat Tat’ (2010) and ‘Pony Tricks’ (2010), an acoustic album of reworked songs.

    ‘Reckon’ is an acknowledgement of loss - lost jobs, lost homes, loss of faith in our political and financial institutions and in turn, loss of illusion. Stopping short of calling it a political record, Collett didn’t set out to make an album with these overtones, but neither did he try to stop it.

    ‘Reckon’ includeS a companion disc entitled ‘Essential Cuts’, a career retrospective featuring nine Collett must-haves as well as two previously unreleased B-sides. This collection existS as a bonus disc with the CD purchase of ‘Reckon’, and as a download in the vinyl.

    ‘Reckon’ features a slew of guest musicians, including Basia Bulat, Bryden Baird (Feist), Taylor Knox (Sloan), Darcy Yates (Amy Millan), Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas), Neil Quin, Mike O’Brien and Carl Nicholsen (Zeus), amongst others.

    Recent high profile TV and film placements include a Buick TV campaign, ‘Hops Springs’ movie (starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell), and ‘Parenthood (NBC).

    For fans of Arts & Crafts, Broken Social Scene, Wilco, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan.

    "Oceans Will Rise" marks not so much a departure for the band as a bold new musical stride forward, taking the distinct sounds of their previous two records, meshing and elaborating and distilling, and the result is a fresh, invigorating trek through a landscape at once familiar and entirely new. The music is varied, moving from edgy, hard indie-rock anthems through ambient, tribal sounds and back again, all the while keeping a distinct and consistent feel. "Oceans Will Rise" considers the frailty of human existence, our place in the larger schemes of the natural world, and the possibility, or lack thereof, for positive change.

    From the lead guitarist of Broken Social Scene comes an album of minor key moods and swaying songs. The music shifts itself: rolling, dense, sensual, sophisticated and raw. Woozy pop. Audio demerol. For the equationistas - Tindersticks meets Latin Playboys meets Shuggie Otis meets Nick Cave in Vegas. Featuring Feist, members of Broken Social Scene and Stars.


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