by Kaitlyn Emslie Farrell
Birthday Tapes have announced their second compilation album appropriately titled Birthday Wishes Vol. 2. Featuring Seventeen artists, many of whom are local, Birthday Wishes Vol. 2 provides a wide range of steady pop and shoegaze. This is a mellow album, there’s no way around that. So if you’re looking for something to pump you up, try another route. If you’re looking for a soothing array of blended melodies, electronic tones, and whispered vocals, then slap this in your tape deck. Continue reading “Birthday Tapes :: Birthday Wishes Vol. 2 :: Review”
Phantasmosis has quietly been putting together a masterful new album of his trademark quirky, maximalist bedroom pop from his new home in Seattle. We are excited to share “Do You Feel It,” the playfully smooth and catchy first single off of their new album Harry Fisch. The song covers a large area between indie pop, soulful grooves, and an ambient horn freak out ending. Continue reading “Premiere :: Phantasmosis :: Do You Feel It”
By Rachel Andershuk
Just four days into touring their second EP Try 😉, Edmonton-based pop-rock duo Faith Healer (Jessica Jalbert and Renny Wilson) had already seen improvements in their live show. With the help of bassist Jenni Roberts, keyboardist Ross Nicoll, and drummer Mitch Holtby, Faith Healer embarked on a month-long Canadian tour promoting the much-anticipated album. Continue reading “Faith Healer”
Local high schooler Maeve produces downtempo electronic gems as “The Castle.” We chatted with them about influences and future plans. Do not miss out on this creative new sound out of Winnipeg. Continue reading “The Castle”
Winnipeg’s lo-fi shoegazers notme have announced a new tape, Mask, that will be released December 21 at the Handsome Daughter. The show is presented by Stylus and we are stoked to share the first single from Mask which is called “Roses.” Continue reading “Premiere! :: notme :: Roses”
Winnipeg’s beloved DIY record label, Birthday Tapes is back with Birthday Wishes Volume 2. A 17 song compilation album featuring artists from all over Canada and the US. The album features lo-fi pop gems from some of Winnipeg’s most buzzed about bands including iansucks, House Panther, and notme as well New York’s Thanks for Coming. Birthday Tapes has shared a sneak peak of the album with Lounge Fm’s “Slumber Party”. Check out the mellow and catchy tune below. Birthday Wishes Volume 2 is out on Cassette and digitally on January 13.
James Rushford from Australia and Nihilist Spasm Band from London, Ontario were a couple among many performers at this year’s Send + Receive.
By Patrick Harney
Vancouver’s Jo Passed is playing in Winnipeg at the Handsome Daughter on October 26. Stylus caught up with the prolific musician to talk about life on the road and what keeps them going. Continue reading “Jo Passed : Keep Going”
By Charlie Fraser
Creating intimacy at a live performance can seem like an impossible thing. There is this very distinct separation between the musician(s) on the stage and everyone else on the ground below them. The space where the audience members are is very dark so the musician(s) can’t see them; meanwhile, the musician(s) are lit up with intense fluorescent lights illuminating every single one of their features and even, flaws. Continue reading “Wares :: Creating Intimacy”