The winter of 2014/2015 took Young Galaxy from their studio in Montreal to Gothenburg and back. The band’s brilliant new full length Falsework completes the sound they have been mining on their past two albums Shapeshifting (2011) and Ultramarine (2013) with producer Dan Lissvik. The album is undeniably synth pop without the simplicity and was informed and inspired by 80’s electro, acid house and r&b, music that was well ahead of its time. Falsework was made using machines from the past to sound like music from the future.
FORMAT INFORMATIONLP Info: limited edition coloured vinyl. Includes a download code.
To coincide with the release of their new album Young Rival will head out on a full North American tour with label mates Born Ruffians. Working with producer and Hamilton native Graham Walsh—whose work they had admired on records by Viet Cong, Metz and Alvvays —Young Rival never stopped ripping at the seams of these songs, as though figuring out what made them tick. Interior Light doesn’t sound like the culmination of ten years’ worth of hard work. Instead, it sounds like a new start: a springboard for further experimentation and exploration.
“We listened to a lot of Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers, stuff like that," says the band's Aron D'Alesio. "We brought in some psych elements as well. So ‘croon psych’ became a term we were throwing around at each other in the studio, like Sinatra dropping acid with Deerhunter.” Formed in 2007, they’ve been highly praised for some of the best visual accompaniments produced by a band in recent history- with music video’s “Black Is Good” reaching well over a million views and “Two Reasons” close to a million.
While proud of the material, Jamison sought to break this cycle when approaching the next record. He knew it would take a few leaps of faith, most directly: out of his bedroom… out of his comfort zone. For the first time, he gave up some control, inviting the input of others. Bearing over 30 demos, Jamison joined one of his musical heroes John Vanderslice at Tiny Telephone, his all-analog studio in San Francisco. Beyond the immediate sonic advantages of recording to tape, the sessions with Vanderslice and co-producer Simon Bridgefoot encouraged a new positivity and confidence to his craft.
The result is Morning World, eleven fully built, balanced, and expressed songs, the most vulnerable and honest Teen Daze LP to date. Thematically, Jamison paints a familiar picture: a Garden of Eden, a place of transcendent, painfree beauty, but with one key distinction... it’s not real and time there is finite. With vocals boldly up front—surrounded by strings, piano, guitar, and live percussion—he details a realm that, for the first time, has room for more than one. “Where does life go when it’s done,” he poses in the closing moments of “Post Storm”, before lending an answer that evokes the omnipresent wisdom of All Things Must Pass: “a moon replaces morning sun.
FORMAT INFORMATIONLP Info: Limited blue vinyl pressing.
LP includes MP3 Download Code.
Laurence and Denma met a few years ago on a train platform at night, outside of a dilapidated telephone utility building in the outskirts of Paris. They were both going to study with Philippe Gaulier, one of the last great masters of old-school theatre. Denma had just left his years long mentorship with the San Franciscan free jazz visionary Jerry Granelli. Laurence Strelka was being mentored by the cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky while acting in his play.
Riding the train back to Paris, talking about blues, they connected. The recordings for the first EP just happened. The moment they started playing what would become Black Monday, there was an intense connection, life or death, choice less.
The Highway recordings were a process of learning and committing, digging into the depths. Most of the texts for Highway were written in the winter when Laurence was living in Paris and Denma in Halifax, poetry about their life experiences, contemplating the death of friends, its ordinariness, life and dreams. The duo are currently exploring collaborations with various multimedia artists and are very excited to soon share those pieces.
Here is a quote from Jerry Granelli that is very relevant and inspiring for HMD, “There is not much to say about any music. Either it touches you or it doesn’t.”
As always, PS I Love You's songs were the result of collage and experiment: "Advice" and "Friends Forever" were still being written until the moments they were recorded. But in the studio, Paul Saulnier says, with "fancy gear" and tons of time, they could wait until they "really nailed" the perfect part. "And I think we made a very indulgent and decadent album because of it."
Mercer explains that Carey’s Cold Spring is not only built from personal experiences but also from what he saw over the last three years of recording: riots, storms, mass protests, the dissolution of any collective faith in our political and economic institutions. But it's not all doom and gloom: He describes the record's duality: “deeply fearful, almost paranoid, the sound of a person grinding his or her teeth in the night. But just a part of it. It’s also the sound of the birds in the morning, I hope”. Carey Mercer formed the band Frog Eyes, which includes he and his wife Melanie Campbell, in 2001. Their 2010 album, Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph was a nominee for the Polaris Music Prize. The band has released six proper studio records in this time, and is currently working on a seventh, and Mercer has also released records as Blackout Beach and Swan Lake.
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