I was fortunate enough to ask Robyn of Only a Visitor a few questions about their newest full-length LP, Decay, an indie pop album with “themes of the passage of time, connection, memory, and the possibility of regeneration that is inherent in the process of decay.”
Local alt-rock band Merin released their third EP this past August, and I had the pleasure of giving it a thorough listen. Full of pop-culture references and galactic metaphors, this album is the soundtrack to an epic space adventure — even referencing the classic sci-fi film Dune in the opening track, “Fear is the Mind Killer, Nerd.”
TEKE::TEKE took to the Big Bluestem stage after a long and hot day in Birds Hill Provincial Park at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Heat exhaustion and dehydration were taking hold of the crowd, and engagement was low. But, as the band launched into the first song of the buzzy and feedback-heavy set, a wave of jubilation washed over attendees and everyone was locked into the mesmerizing talent of TEKE::TEKE.
Nickybaby’s self titled album was a very intriguing listen. It has elements of folk and indie rock that combine to form one of my favourite indie releases of the year so far. It has almost deceptively good production, meaning that it sounds very rough, but that lack of fidelity only aids in conveying the theme of the record.
Blues Druid is the debut LP from Satanic Rights, a lo-fi, garage/punk rock band from Winnipeg. Released by the indie Transistor 66 Records, the album follows up on the heels of their 2015 self-titled EP release. After three years, I am happy to say this collection of songs was a devilishly good time, and well worth the wait.Continue reading “Album Review :: Satanic Rights :: Blues Druid”
Anthony OKS has achieved certified banger status with “TBA.” OKS, a member of long running Winnipeg hip-hop group the Lytics, has a new single from his solo project that features his brother and fellow Lytic, Andrew O. The beat for “TBA,” produced by Paalsh, is driven by a pulsing bass guitar riff, allowing OKS’ vocals to reinforce the urge to head nod.Continue reading “Track Review :: Anthony OKS “TBA””
One of the most affecting scenes in last year’s critical darling Call Me by Your Name is of a heartsick lover, waiting and awash in blue. The scene follows in the footsteps of Joni Mitchell’s Blue and Maggie Nelson’s Bluets – art that recognizes the cathartics and heartsick mysteries of blue. Add Lev Snowe’s Faded Blue to the list. Continue reading “EP Review :: Lev Snowe :: Faded Blue”