TENDER Announce Debut Album Modern Addiction

June 28th, 2017

Out September 1st via Partisan Records 

and Culvert Music in Canada

 Announce UK and North American tour dates


LONDON, UK June 29, 2017 - London, England duo TENDER announce their hotly-anticipated debut album Modern Addiction is out September 1st through Partisan Records and Culvert Music (Canada). To celebrate they are sharing the stunning video to lead single ‘Nadir.’ The band is also announcing UK and North American tour dates (all dates below) for this fall. Modern Addiction is now available for pre-order via Partisan Records and Culvert Records (Canada.)

After the collapse of a long-term romantic relationship, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist James Cullen, found solace in TENDER and created his most personal work. ‘Nadir’ focuses on the damage done to one’s psyche when staying in a relationship way past its healthy conclusion. Directed by Jack A. Bowden, the video for “Nadir” shows the highs and lows of romantic entanglement through dance. Bowden spoke more on the inspiration saying; “Tender wanted to take the direction of a fragmented and collapsing relationship with this one. I decided to touch on the different dynamics which a relationship can hold. Beyond “happiness” and “sadness”, there are times when two people are just on different paths. No matter the effort they put in, something else is putting them off-kilter and out-of-synch. Call it bad timing, differences, whatever. People also become desensitized to one another, almost reaching slumber, unaware and oblivious to the other’s feelings. The energy of ‘Nadir’ screams dance to me, so I thought it would be interesting to express these dynamics through contemporary dance.

Modern Addiction listens like catharsis. From orgasm, to break-up, to silence, the record breaths closure to a relationship that has intensified, shattered, and healed. It is young, cold, urban, lonely, and an intrinsically modern look at the irrepressible desire to maintain a love, be it destined or doomed. James Cullen and Dan Cobb’s debut full length, explores the phenomenon of comfort and compulsion that is addiction, via a pop record about a relationship. Cullen frames familiar feelings for us to relate to and digest, but simultaneously undermines their presence, leaving the listener holding the same hollow heart that he carried through his addiction. Cobb’s soaring synths and progressive percussion are waxed and shined by the album’s sleek club mix, and the juxtaposition with Cullen’s lyrics is heart-breaking.

Cullen and Cobb formed TENDER in 2015, as the bedroom project of two flatmates tired of the design-by-committee nature of larger musical groups. Due to their intimate personal geography, Cobb was privy to the ‘toxic’ relationship that gestated Cullen’s lyrics, and this record. Gladly enough, in regard to music-making with Cobb, “Nothing seemed like a struggle. We never fought anything,” Cullen remembers. They self-released a few songs and “Armour” wound up on the front page of Reddit a few hours later (with several hundred thousand plays on Soundcloud). Two years and three EPs later, TENDER now have tens of millions of streams across Soundcloud, Spotify and YouTube and have enjoyed Hype Machine’s #1 spot several times with several different tracks.

Modern Addiction is about duality, the unreliable polarity of human magnetics. The opening track, ‘Illuminate,’ describes a struggle for independence in the face of scale-tipping dominance. ‘Vow’ finds beauty in the unique balance of a moment. ‘Nadir,’ the album’s most precise emotional indictment, lurches from underneath, “I hate it when you touch me, but I’ve kept it under wraps / Get bored of trying foreplay and I think we’re getting fat.” Swimming in between polished sub tones and global rhythms are relatable fallacies of love. These tracks have refreshingly inclusive sensual detail, and are liquid enough in their diction to be tangible to those who navigate the many flavours of romance in the year 2017. These are ultimately pop songs, meant to illuminate the ubiquitous but hidden. “We want it to make people connect with each other. We want to evoke emotion. We want people to dance,” says Cobb.

While Modern Addiction often deals with the bleak realities of a love that’s fading, repeated listens offer a sense of optimism. It’s the relief that comes from getting through to the other side. The second half of the ‘Nadir’ is about “loving someone in a different way,” Cullen says. “Because it isn’t how it was in the beginning, doesn’t mean it’s not real.

TENDER’s Modern Addiction provides fresh perspective to the idea of addiction, through the lens of love. It is unafraid to admit or to accuse, eager to confide and to provide, in direct, shimmering confessionals. The irony is that Cullen seems to have not been afforded these luxuries in his personal relationship, and observing his self-portrait leaves the listener feeling similarly ephemeral and isolated. All save for that of his musical relationship with Cobb, who’s dynamic and punctual dark-pop flavour echoes his bandmate’s struggle with audible landscapes appropriately smooth in their tones and jagged in their turns. Modern Addiction is a window to overdose, intervention, relapse, and sobriety. For the listener, it’s the experience of being on both sides of the glass.

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Tour Dates

Aug 29 – Manchester, UK – DeafInstitute
Aug 30 – Glasgow, UK – KingTut’s
Sep 1 – Bristol, UK – Louisiana
Sep 2 – Nottingham, UK – Bodega
Sep 4 – Birmingham, UK – SunflowerLounge
Sep 5 – London, UK – VillageUnderground
Sep 10 – LosAngeles, CA – TheEcho
Sep 11 – SantaAna, CA – ConstellationRoom
Sep 13 – SanFrancisco, CA – Rickshaw
Sep 15 – Seattle, WA – Vera
Sep 17 – Vancouver, BC – Cobalt
Sep 19 – Denver, CO – LostLake
Sep 21 – Chicago, IL – BeatKitchen
Sep 22 – Toronto, ON – AdelaideHall
Sep 24 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd
Sep 25 – Philadelphia, PA – WorldCafe
Sep 27 –  Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
Sep 28 – Boston, MA – GreatScott

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June 22nd, 2017


“Metaphysics is a tour de force.” - NUVO Magazine

“breathtakingly compelling, evocative and immersively lush new album…” - Music Life Magazine

“Her songs are simple, poignant and utterly personal, infused with jazz, classical, pop and Latin influences. Sarah Slean’s classiness as a songwriter defies period and genre.” - Musical Toronto

“Sweeping melodies create an emotional atmosphere that match the powerful lyrics.” - Canadian Beats

TORONTO, ON – June 22, 2017 - Today, singer-songstress Sarah Slean announces her upcoming Canadian fall tour in support of her 9th studio album, Metaphysics. Metaphysics was released on April 7th via Cadence Music/Fontana North and features two CBC Radio 2 – Top 20 songs Sarah and Perfect Sky. This summer will see Sarah perform on Canada Day as part of the celebrations in Hamilton, as well as a performance at the Interstellar Rodeo in Winnipeg. On October 6th she will kick off her fall tour in Vancouver, followed by dates in Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, and Ottawa to name a few (full details below). In conjunction with the tour announcement - Sarah has released a beautiful new video, filmed on the streets of Toronto and featuring clips from PledgeMusic supporters from 5 different countries, for her song, Every Rhythm Is The Beat. ”This song was inspired by my chance encounter with an extraordinary 31-year-old man on a GO Train several years ago. It ignited a two-year long correspondence,” says Sarah. “And though that correspondence did not ultimately have a happy ending, it did bring into full light the incredible interconnectedness of all lives.”

Watch and share the video here: https://youtu.be/GR0SK-1lebk

Sarah continues, ”In the ever-changing, often bewildering maze of identity politics, we all want to figure out what groups we belong to, bear allegiance to and take refuge in…  but we often forget that there’s really only one “group” in the grand scheme. We’re all distant relatives, no matter how different our bodies, creeds, colours, behaviours. We all have the same blueprint and experience consciousness via the same mysterious, sophisticated biological system… We all feel, and suffer, and love. Remembering that is enough to awaken the compassion inside all of us that today’s world can sometimes lull to sleep.”

What’s The Story About Sarah Slean?
Signed to Atlantic/Warner Records at the tender age of 19, three-time Juno nominee and modern-day Renaissance woman Sarah Slean has since released 11 albums in over 10 countries worldwide – but perhaps the most astonishing aspect of her artistry is its breadth. Over her 20-year career, Slean has published two volumes of poetry, starred in short films and a movie musical (spawning two Gemini Award nominations), penned two string quartets, held numerous exhibitions of her paintings, and shared the stage with 8 of the country’s professional orchestras. Classically trained from the age of 5, she routinely collaborates with cutting-edge contemporary classical ensembles like The Art of Time, and has been invited to sing world premieres by Canada’s leading living composers. Citing such diverse influences as Leonard Bernstein, philosophy, Joni Mitchell, Buddhism and Bach, her music borrows aspects of cabaret, rock, pop, and orchestral: all knit together by the startling poetry of her lyrics, virtuosic piano-playing, and that voice, described by the CBC as “a 19th century Kate Bush”. In addition to headlining theatres across Canada, Sarah has also toured Europe, the US and Scandinavia and has opened internationally for such artists as Bryan Ferry, Rufus Wainwright, Alanis Morissette, Andrew Bird, Feist, Ron Sexsmith, Chris Isaak, and Buck 65.  Metaphysics, her first recording in 5 years, is described as a breathtaking amalgamation of Slean’s dramatic orchestral arranging and her signature take on songwriting.


Canadian Tour Dates
July 1 – Hamilton, ON – RBC Stage at Bayfront Park (w/ Steve Strongman, Jully Black & the National Academy Orchestra of Canada
August 20 – Winnipeg, MB – Interstellar Rodeo (3:50pm)
October 6 – North Vancouver, BC – BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts
October 11 – Calgary, AB – The Grand Theatre
October 12 – Sherwood Park, AB – Festival Place
October 13 – Saskatoon, SK – Broadway Theatre
October 14 – Regina, SK – Artesian on 13th
October 17-18 – Ottawa, ON – National Art Centre – Studio Theatre
More Dates To Be Announced Soon and Orchestra Performances in 2018

Sarah Slean Announces Fall Tour - Releases Stunning New Video - Press Release


June 16th, 2017


TORONTO, ON – June 16, 2017- Texas-based electronic art-rockers, Night Drive arrive today with their expansive debut self-titled album via Roll Call Records. Like a synesthesia-induced soundscape found within the vivid worlds of films a la Tron or The Neon Demon, the record is a staggering achievement for the duo.

Inspired by sci-fi cinematic landscapes, the duo’s modern synth-pop seeks to explore the darker currents of abstract emotion. With infectious melodies wrapped in thoughtful lyrics, layered over pulsing dance beats, the group create an ethereal electronic world drenched in noir aesthetics.

Night Drive’s self-titled debut album brings to mind the aesthetics of acts like Interpol or The Knife, and is an effort best consumed in it’s entirety. From the John Carpenter-esque stylings of hazy album opener, “Hyperion” to the urgent synth of “Strange Telepathy” or the slow-burning and subtle “Ghost Craft,” from start to finish, the LP is a textured soundscape and surreal journey through sound.

With a handful of tracks and playful remixes, Night Drive’s debut LP has garnered attention from the likes of Electronic MusicianEarmilkBillboardPAPER Magazine and more as well as seeing the duo hit the top of the HypeMachine charts on several occasions.

Comprised of Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon, the duo elaborate on the meaning behind the record “This album was largely inspired by a collection of films (and other non music-related art) that we were into when the band first began,” explains Duhon. “Although it’s not a concept album, a few common themes seemed to emerge as the songs took shape. These themes revolved around the feelings that accompany a dystopian or uncertain future, either on a personal or universal level. Within this kind of bleak feeling is a thin line of exploration or searching – is there is a way to put the pieces back together, or does one just escape?”

Having recently toured with the likes of CHVRCHES, Austra, Yacht, Robert DeLong, and Miami Horror, Night Drive has several dates coming up in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

Praise for Night Drive:

“2017′s quintessential album for merging the post-punk synth pop of ’80s bands like Depeche Mode and The Human League with the post-punk dance rock of 2000′s bands like The Faint and She Wants Revenge.” - Electronic Musician

“There’s a touch of late-’80s, early-’90s soft jazz to the groove. It’s sophisticatedly sweet. It definitely makes that relationship in the mirror seem much farther away. Get swept up in its interstellar groove” - Billboard

“If you’ve been laying off the acid of late and have been missing some sweet synth coupled with some pixellated technicolor magic then welcome, because Night Drive’s new video is all you need to get you through.” - PAPER Magazine

Upcoming Tour Dates:

6/16 – Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (release show)
7/1 – Houston, TX @ Numbers
7/21 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
7/22 – El Paso, TX @ Here I Love You
7/24 –  Los Angeles, CA @ School Night
7/26 – San Diego, CA @ Space

WATCH “Rise and Fall”

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June 16th, 2017


Click Here To Listen To “No Longer Free

TORONTO, ON – June 16, 2017-  Grapell have been busy in the studio working on their debut album which is slated for release on Roll Call Records this fall. The record builds on the intimate fabric the Swedish duo wove in their earlier releases including the excellent track, “Arrow,” which caught the attention of fans around the world. The Love Chamber EP released last year has been streamed more than 5 million times on Spotify alone and with premieres from Zane Lowe and comparisons to Rhye and Sade under the belt, Grapell are well on their way to be a breakout artist for 2017.

Love Chamber EP 

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Today, the band are giving us a taste of what is to come with the release of ”No Longer Free,” a perfect dose of smooth, indie soul for your weekend. This track is the duo’s most powerful to date, expanding their established sultriness into a bigger, bolder sound.

What critics are saying about Grapell: 

“a strong contender for the smoothest thing you’ll hear all year”  - Stereogum 

“Emil Erstrand and Nils Nygårdh have twisted the component parts of their music into something entirely new” - Noisey

“Simple but sophisticated arrangements underpin romantic, soulful ballads …” - When You Motor Away

“Swedish duo Grapell are a rare breed in today’s music. They are one of the very few bands who can make the sultry sound spectacular. ” - The Revue

“No Longer Free”



Donovan Woods Releases New Single “All Mine”

June 16th, 2017


There are very few writers who can make you laugh and break your heart in the same song.” - NPR Music

“A knack for taking huge, universal feelings and distilling them into simple, poignant moments.” - Noisey

“Everyone has their favorites, but this guy should be everyone’s favorite right now because he sounds like Donovan Woods and not like everyone else and writes to beat the devil…” - No Depression

 Award-winning artist Donovan Woods announced today the release of his new single titled “All Mine.” An acclaimed songwriter who has written songs for artists such as Tim McGraw, Charlie Worsham, Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum), and Billy Currington while amassing a catalogue of rousing and well-received music of his own, Woods’ “All Mine” is available now worldwide through iTunes, Spotify, and all other digital platforms.

Listen to “All Mine” here:



In “All Mine,” Woods discovers the elusive silver lining – that beautiful moment when you realize you’ve broken free of someone else’s expectations. However, the optimistic single represents more than a new perspective for the musician. It breaks the familiar acoustic guitar with a layered production, yet it’s unmistakably a Donovan Woods song – eloquent, disarmingly honest, and rich in details.

“‘All Mine’ is about the feeling of suddenly emerging from something that’s been weighing you down,” Woods explained. “Sometimes it’s that first day of good health after an illness, sometimes it’s after a breakup, sometimes it’s just the first day of spring. I think one of the only purely good human feelings is relief – When something difficult ends or when something bad could have happened but didn’t. That feeling is what I’m trying to capture here, that moment of realization that time is on your side again. You dodged a bullet and for a moment you feel free, clear-eyed, and ready to turn that passing hardship into something beautiful.”

Woods was raised in a small Canadian town, north of the Detroit border, to the sounds of country music with a healthy dose of folk and pop influence. This combination instilled in him a strong belief in the power of a memorable melody, the importance of everyday language, and the impact of a relatable narrative. With more than 14.5 million streams on Spotify, Woods’ compositions have been lauded as “a stark, stunning ballad” (Rolling Stone), as well as, “a very simple beauty” (Entertainment Weekly), and “an emotional wallop” (Billboard).

Woods built his reputation by writing music that is a product of both country and folk. However, his songwriting shows how distracting the line separating the two can be. Whether they’re composed about big ideas or seemingly minor incidents, broken promises or the hint of romance, Woods’ songs affect listeners deeply. Although he explores new sonic textures with “All Mine,” what remains constant is that Donovan Woods possesses a compelling voice made to tell stories – his stories and our own.


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Award-winning artist Mo Kenney reveals The Details Pheromone Recordings – September 29, 2017

June 7th, 2017

Mo Kenney

Lyric video “If You’re Not Dead” released today

TORONTO, June 7, 2017 – This is the year that Mo Kenney plugs in, quite literally. The award-winning artist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada is releasing The Details due September 29, 2017 via Toronto imprint Pheromone Recordings.

Today marks the release of “If You’re Not Dead” the first song off The Details, which was premiered on tastemaking open-format radio show The Strombo Show this past Sunday night on CBC Radio Two in Canada. The new song shows Kenney’s vocals soaring above an assured bent guitar line and a driving kick drum, setting an accelerated tempo and tone for a new set of songs far removed from the confines of the singer-songwriting world where she first became known and adored. Find it here on all streaming sites (and below in the brand new lyric video.)
Mo Kenney’s numerous achievements for her songwriting and music are impressive for an artist who began releasing and touring less than five years ago: 2013′s Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada Prize for her song Sucker, the USA Songwriting Competition’s 1st Place Winner (Folk) for I Faked It, numerous Music Nova Scotia and East Coast Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award and a JUNO award-nomination.

With The Details, Mo Kenney traces her own strange, devastating, and ultimately hopeful trip through the trials and tribulations of booze-fuelled breakdowns, clouds of depression, and disintegrating relationships. It’s a journey, thankfully, that finds Kenney sailing to calmer seas, closing gently on the sparse, clear-minded “Feelin’ Good.” But the storms weathered to get there are the kind that leave lasting scars. The self-destructive drive of “On The Roof” explodes out of the gate with blistering intensity. “June 3rd” channels the late Elliott Smith with spectral atmospheres as Kenney comes to terms with her alienating behaviour. And the vicious, rollicking “If You’re Not Dead” shows her playing mind games over feral guitar solos and biting hooks. With every track, Kenney unflinchingly confronts her annihilation and eventual redemption, leaving nothing out. Combining elements of bruising rock ‘n’ roll, vivid psychedelia,  and haunting, left-of-the-dial pop, The Details documents Kenney’s fight to survive her own worst enemy.

She explains, candidly, “The Details is a fourteen song concept album. The album starts off kind of hopeless and gets progressively more optimistic. This album is the details of coming out the other side.

Mo Kenney just returned from touring the United Kingdom. Follow along here to see her live. More tour dates will be announced.

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