The video was written, directed, produced, shot and animated by Christopher Arcella, who explains the ideas and techniques behind the film:
Four elements form the foundation of this video: first and foremost is Plaid’s cinematic track, which builds a long dramatic crescendo that serves as a blueprint for the narrative. The second is the album and logo art by Designers Republic which inspires the sharp-angled, modular flying objects. Third is the quiet, beautiful Arizona landscape, and fourth is actress Claire Louge’s performance which connects viewers to the mysterious events taking place in the sky. (more…)
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“Sounds like The Strokes if they’d reinvented themselves as a folk punk band.” – Entertainment Weekly
“Their tuneful charisma separates them from the legions of garage-rock imitators” – LA Times
The Dead Ships will release their debut full-length LP CITYCIDE in North America on June 24 via Nevado Music. CITYCIDE follows up their critically acclaimed EP 1 and will include singles “Company Line” as well as “Big Quiet” which spent five weeks at number one on KROQ’s Local’s Only. This week, the band shared their new single, “First Mistakes” with Crave and the track is streaming now to share via Soundcloud. The Dead Ships have also announce several tour dates in Californina opening for The Cult and festival shows including performances at Make Music Pasadena, Chicago’s Taste of Randolph Festival and Milwaukee’s Summerfest.
“Huge, complex and compelling. One of the most thrillingly nimble musical ensembles the UK has produced in decades. Lead singer must be a national treasure soon… “ - Prog Magazine
“Unique Delicious music” - MOJO
On June 24th Brighton based collective Moulettes, continue their journey into the alt.pop/rock/folk universe with the Canadian release of their most accomplished album to date – Preternatural (Pipe&Hat/Fontana North). The band will visit Canada for the festival circuit with stops at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Vancouver Folk Fest, and the Calgary Folk Fest, to name a few (details are below). Check out the lead single Patterns.
It was in early 2015 when reading an article in the New Scientist that lead singer Hannah Miller to first start thinking about a concept for the new album. “I’ve always been fascinated by the natural world” says Hannah. “But this article compelled me to look deeper and start exploring all the surreal and beautiful diversity that exists. There’s so many phenomenal creatures out there we thought they deserved their own album.”
Fast forward to 2016 and the result is Preternatural – an eclectic but cohesive 11 track collection, which marries the thought provoking concept with elements of prog, pop, alt-folk and rock. It’s a beautifully orchestrated piece of work, experimental in parts but still accessible, fusing rich vocal harmonies, persuasive melodies, and elaborate compositions to make a genre defying album that explores the moving gaps of electronic and acoustic; DIY and big production.
Highlights include the epic opener Behemooth, a heavy, drum-driven progressive anthem inspired by a loud and unidentified sound recorded in the pacific, and electro-rock lead single Underwater Painter, which explores the way Octopus – chameleons of the sea can switch between camouflage and a psychedelic electric light show. “The solo was recorded in one take,” recalls Hannah, “and was definitely an homage to Prince!”
“Presenting your own sort of eclecticism is the aim,” says Ollie Austin (Drums, guitar, piano, vocals). “Zappa, Gentle Giant to current bands like Field Music, John Grant, Snarky Puppy, My Brightest Diamond, Tuneyards, Tortoise etc would all agree. These were all references for the record.”
“courageous…stuff that redefines the term ‘progres sive’ for a new era and sculpts a new sonic land-scape.” - Fatea Magazine
“A compelling and Original Band” - The Guardian
“A cross between Pentangle, Kate Bush & early Pink Floyd” - Reuters
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Upcoming Canadian Dates:
July 1-3 – Canso, NS – Troy Greencorn/Stan Rogers Folk Fest (CANADA DAY!)
July 5 – Montreal, QC – Montreal Jazz Fest – Rio Tinto /Alcan Stage
July 7 – Toronto, ON – Hugh’s Room
July 8 – Orillia, ON – Mariposa Folk Fest – Main Stage
July 9-10 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Fest
July 15 – Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Folk Fest
July 16 – White Rock, BC – Five Corners Street Fest
July 17 – Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Folk Fest
July 18 – Victoria, BC – Butchart Gardens
July 19 – Duncan, BC – City Square Stage
July 20 – Edmonton, AB – Festival Place Outdoor patio series
July 21-24 – Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Fest – Prince Island Park
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“Soft Summer is a sparkling debut LP from this emerging Canadian songwriter.”- CBC Music
“‘Meant to Be’ toes the line between melancholy and hope, pairing gentle acoustic strumming with Moxam’s twangy alt-country vocal delivery.”- Exclaim
Singer-songwriter Tim Moxam will light up the stage with a full band TONIGHT at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern, in celebration of his new album. Tomorrow, Moxam will release his debut full length, Soft Summer, on Roaring Girl Records/Fontana North. The album that Exclaim called “a cozy soundtrack to the forthcoming warm weather”, features a unique collection of songs from the previously released Meant To Be and Bones, to newly CBC R2 added Harvest For The Queen. The Bluegrass Situation premiered the first video in the Roaring Girl Dream Date series for Moxam’s track, Heavy Fog, and CBC Music is currently featuring the album on First Play. Album links can be found below.
Moxam shares the inspiration behind the song Heavy Fog: “I spent a night stranded at the top of the Cobequid Pass in Nova Scotia, under a flashing sign that read “Heavy Fog on the pass.” It matched my foggy head and since I had a lot of time to think I found some clarity in the morning when the fog began to lift.”
For the recording of the album, Moxam recruited a who’s who in Toronto’s music scene: former bandmates, Adrian Cook (guitar) and Tony McKnight (bass) of Great Bloomers, Joshua Van Tassel (drums) of Great Lake Swimmers, and Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s Christopher Weatherstone (saxophone.) The songstresses Ivy Mairi (The Weather Station, Bruce Peninsula) and Raffa Weyman (RALPH and formerly Queen of the Fleet) provided accompanying vocals on several tracks. The album was recorded, mixed and produced by Chris Stringer, who has worked with Timber Timbre, Ohbijou, The Wooden Sky and Gentlemen Reg, among countless others.
Soft Summer is at turns passionate and tender, sorrowful and solemn, uplifting and rollicking. It’s a look inside Moxam’s own life, encrypted in metaphors and melodies. CBC Music declares: “Moxam’s vocals can be at once fragile, comforting and warm with a delicate croon that instantly invites the listener to sing along.” Many of the songs have lived with the Toronto-based Moxam for years, lyrics being re-worked and re-written in countless journals, while others were birthed in the final months before recording. Some were from the era before his first EP, Blue Son, and some were even penned in the backseat of the van as he toured with his former band, the beloved indie rock group, Great Bloomers. Stay tuned for Moxam tour dates to be announced soon.
Following 2014′s Reachy Prints, Plaid now announce the forthcoming release of their new album The Digging Remedy, out on June 10 with Warp Records. Uncover the lead track “CLOCK” on thediggingremedy.com, a growing collaborative project with digital artist Cabbibo (cabbi.bo).
Ed Handley and Andy Turner are the perfect encapsulation of what the electronic music of their generation was all about; they brought new rhythmic variation, emotive melody and textures to electronic music, creating a warm and welcoming counterpart to the white heat of the rave explosion.
On new album The Digging Remedy all the elements that first inspired Ed and Andy are there – like the ecstatic Detroit chords in “CLOCK” – but everything is bigger and broader in scope, more luxuriant, more gleaming with detail.