Porteau had this to say about ‘Penelope’, the latest single from their album debut Water’s Gate in an e-mail; “’Penelope’, the album’s latest single, was a direct result of this inspiration and draws on this imagery to explore and unearth personal experience. At a time where I felt powerless in certain relationships, ‘Penelope’ was my way of saying that I could unwind myself from the pain and learn to be at peace with the fact that those I am leaving behind may not be okay. ”
The Vancouver duo of Victoria Williams Craig Stevenson drew inspiration for the album from the Gustave Dore painting ‘Andromeda’, wishing to capture its “cold, urgent yet liberating” look in sound.
“A mutual understanding and inspiration was found and became a driving and unifying force,” they said.
“Water’s Gate tells the story of one’s path to liberation. The album is bookended by mysticism; starting with the first track ‘Re:Birth’ which alludes to a character being born and rising out of the water. The final track, ‘Moon Maidens”’ sees this character liberated and ascending into the night sky. Everything in between discusses the challenges and complex relationships we face,” they said.
“The album artwork features this character ambiguously between the ocean and the sky, unclear whether they are falling or ascending,” the band added.
“‘Bodies Meld Together’ is a song about physically connecting with the people you love,” Maya Bouldry-Morrison, aka Octo Octa explained in a statement. “I believe that connection is a deeply integral part of creating bonds and trust with them. It’s about sharing an experience of becoming one with them and having that experience carry on. Love is important and showing that love to your partners in important. It lets you all become a stronger force together.”
The track is taking from her forthcoming EP For Lovers, out on March 1.
Octo Octa also announced the dates of her upcoming tour;
Fri 08 Mar – Natural Selection at Headrow House – Leeds, UK
Sat 09 Mar – Sónar İstanbul 2019 – Istanbul, TR
Fri 15 Mar – Public Records – New York, US
Fri 22 Mar – Origins at Moles – Bath, UK
Sat 23 Mar – Origins at Mick’s Garage – London, UK
Sat 04 May – Dabadaba – San Sebastian, ES
Sun 05 May – ZeeZout Liberty Day – Amsterdam, NL
Thu 30 May – Primavera Sound – Barcelona, ES
Fri 31 May – Lighthouse Festival – Tar, HR
Toronto artist AlphaClub had this to say about his track ‘Night Heart’, the title track from his new album, in an e-mail;
“Growing up in a quiet place along the countryside, I fell in love with the darkness. I was always fascinated by that one, distant light that shone from the forest or near the ocean,” he wrote. “The only thing I love more is the wild night that I embrace trying to reach that glow.”
Toronto dream/alt-pop artist Rosemary Fairweather has shared a free stream of ‘Superstar’, the second single from her forthcoming album Heavenly: A Second Collection of Songs, out in August 2019, specific release date TBA.
She also announced that she will be sharing a track from the album on the last Friday of every month leading up to its release starting on February 22.
Fairweather also shared an update about the situation surrounding her health on February 18. She suffered from a concussion in early 2018 and was diagnosed with Post Concussion Syndrome. Read the full Facebook post here.
AKUA has announced that she will release her debut album, Them Spirits, on March 22.
The Canadian-Ghanaian artist has shared the video for ‘Offering’ as well as a free stream of ‘Heaven’, the second single from the album;
She released her debut EP One’s Company after losing her father to cancer. She went on tour with Solange and after spending years playing some of the biggest stages in the world, she realized that she had not addressed the grief surrounding her father’s passing properly.
AKUA turned to songwriting as part of the grieving process, something that also provided a sense of renewal, two themes the album explores.
She divided her time between Canada and Los Angeles to record the album, which she wrote, recorded and produced by herself. Them Spirits features appearances from Daniel Aged (inc.), Sam Wilkes and Mocky.
Calgary indie rockers The Northern Coast have shared a free stream of ‘Blindside’, the second single from their debut album The Great Divide, out on March 22.
Breaking up is a central theme in the album as vocalist Arron Crook, guitarist Hunter Hansen and producer Josh Rob Gwilliam were all experiencing long-term relationships coming to an end.
It’s something that is especially obvious in both ‘Blindside’ and the first single ‘Savage’.
“Our first single ’Savage’ really represents the apathy in looking back, and trying to find some understanding,” Crook said in a press release. “‘Blindside’ is less about one particular experience and is kind of a commentary on modern love and its shortcomings. There was a moment in the studio where we were all thinking, ‘what are the odds that three humans are working on one of hundreds of albums across the country and are in the same spot in their love lives’, but I mean you see it all around. Maybe it’s just coincidence, maybe it’s the moon, ya know? That’s what the album title really means. There seems to be a great divide with people, places, and hearts these days not a lot of cohesion.”
Catch The Northern Coast on the following dates;
March 22 – Calgary, AB – Broken City (Album Release Show)
March 27 – Nanaimo, BC – The Cambie
March 28 – Victoria, BC – Logan’s Pub
March 30 – Kelowna, BC – Fernando’s Pub
April 4 – Saskatoon, SK – The Black Cat
April 5 – Regina, SK – O’Hanlon’s
01. Muscle and Bone
02. White Mass
06. Out of Sight
07. Sun Chaser
08. Solo Ride
To celebrate her album Distant Danger being nominated for Adult Contemporary Album of the year at the 2019 Junos, Nuela Charles has shared a free stream of her new single ‘Long Way Down’.
“This song came out of a session with production duo Towers. As we were writing it, the production began to feel inspired by old chain-gang songs. The fierce stomps and claps in the beat were being looped around, and I kept hearing the words long way down accompanied by the image of a river in my head,” Charles said in an e-mail.
“Thematically, I wanted “Long Way Down” to feel hopeful and soulful. It’s a reflection on today’s world – the glorification of status and money, the fear of losing it. Society loves to watch people fail (Britney much?!) Despite this, there is a blessing to stripping it all away and starting anew,” she said. “A fresh slate may be one of the hardest things you’ll ever go through, but it can truly be a blessing.”
Guest Singer‘s Jake Cope had this to say about their track ‘My Parallel’ in an e-mail; “’My Parallel’ has dual meanings: the first concerns the notion of what could have been – what would I be doing right now had I taken a particular opportunity? The second looks at the presentation of self. How we re-skin our personalities to fit whatever social interactions we find ourselves part of.”
The track is the second release from their EP I’m Irrelevant Now, out on March 22.
Catch Guest Singer on the following dates;
15th February – Band On The Wall, Manchester*
16th February – Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield*
18th April – The Castle, Manchester +
+ w/ Team Picture
Astrolemo‘s bio certainly lives up to the title of their track ‘Mystery’.
They were founded in 2017 somewhere in the vastness of the universe and their music is described as “modernised Massive Attack, a drug-free Flying Lotus and a spicy Bonobo.”
They’ve also offered a free download of ‘Mystery’.
Liverpool-based trio Oya Paya had this to say about their track ‘Fly’ in an e-mail;
“‘Fly’ is about being able to overcome the negative vibes that can surround anyone throughout their journey through the vacuum of time.
On this journey, our inner ambitions of finding peace become difficult with obstacles such as “the man”, “the taxman”, and of course “slenderman” weighing heavily on whatever the outcome may be.
If we told that little voice inside our heads to Fly away, life would certainly be a little less stressful.
Like our last two singles, this was an overseas job, recorded and mixed between the UK and Singapore using nothing else but morse code… and the internet.”
The band’s members come from four different continents, Singapore, France, England and Iran, this geographical difference ended up serving the band’s music when drummer Ashwin was forced to return to his native Singapore after running into issues with his visa.
The band didn’t let the distance stop them from making music and thanks to the miracles of modern technology, they were able to still create music. Luckily, Ashwin has been able to return to the UK, allowing the Oya Paya to reunite and play live.