Plants and Animals are a rock-and-roll trio from Montreal comprised of Warren Spicer, Nicolas Basque, and Matthew 'the Woodman' Woodley. They first gained international recognition for their debut full-length, Parc Avenue, in 2008, and have been touring the world ever since. Their sophomore album, La La Land, was released in 2010, followed by a third full-length album called The End Of That in early 2012. Their new LP is called Waltzed in from the Rumbling. This is Plants and Animals' most soulful and inventive collection of music yet. Eleven soundtracks for leaps taken, ships sailed, dark water and pink skies. Waltzed in from the Rumbling comes out on Secret City Records on April 29, 2016.
Hold/Still, the third studio album from Suuns, is an enigmatic thing: an eerily beautiful, meticulously played suite of music that embraces opposites and makes a virtue of cognitive dissonance. It is a record that does not give up its secrets easily. The 11 songs within are simultaneously psychedelic, but austere; sensual, but cold; organic, but electronic; tense sometimes to the brink of mania, but always retaining perfect poise and control.
For the last three years, singer-songwriter, musician and producer Jesse Mac Cormack has collaborated with many artists on the Montreal music scene, including Emilie & Ogden, Melanie Boulay and Rosie Valland. His first EP, Music For The Soul (2014), delivers a very personal acoustic sound, while his second EP, CRUSH (2014), is encompassed by electric guitar and full band. His pristine and heartfelt vocals and lyrics arise from his personal journeys and a soothing, warm influence emerges in his surroundings. His music is painfully healing.
Thus Owls are a five-piece Montreal/Stockholm band based around husband and wife duo Erika and Simon Angell. The band originated in Sweden as an outlet for Erika’s songs and unique vocal-style. She met Simon by chance while the two were touring in Europe as part of different bands paired on the same bill. Before long, they were married and the collaboration that is Thus Owls was born.
Patrick Watson is a Montreal-based singer, pianist, songwriter, band leader and composer. He fronts a four-piece band quartet composed of Mishka Stein (bass), Robbie Kuster (drums), and Joe Grass (guitar), who are often also accompanied by a string quartet. Together they craft dreamy soundscapes with the execution of jazz musicians, seamlessly blending organic and electronic elements into rocking cacophony and pared-down ballads alike, with Watson’s haunting voice always at the core.
Emilie & Ogden is Emilie Kahn with her harp, Ogden. Emilie discovered the harp when The Barr Brothers harpist, Sarah Pagé, played along with her high school chorus, driving her to find an instructor on Craigslist the next day. Emilie explains, “I had never felt this way toward an instrument.” She found a teacher on Craigslist the next day. A few months later, Ogden entered her world in all its 38-stringed majesty. Together, they became Emilie & Ogden.
The Barr Brothers are Montreal-based band built around brothers Brad (guitar and vocals) and Andrew Barr (drums), with harpist Sarah Pagé. Hushed Americana lonesome and future-primitive delta blues clear the path for West African polyrhythms and classical motifs. They're currently playing many shows in North America and Europe to promote their extremely well received second album, Sleeping Operator, released in last october. This "more immersive" album (Globe and mail) is nominated at the 2014 Juno Awards in the Adult Alternative Album of the Year category alongside Leonard Cohen.
While Pallett has served as a versatile collaborator to many projects in both pop and art establishments— the list is far too long to recite here, but you know where to look— he is equally beloved for his accessibility; for the way his art reflects & resonates with Mainstream Pop Culture; for the emotionally cathartic outlet his music provides. Pallett was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, alongside Arcade Fire, for their work on Spike Jonze’s Her.
Daniel was born in Montreal and has been writing songs and leading bands there all his life, from very early teenaged days in the Harry Rags, to his later endeavours with Shoot the Moon and Percy Farm. (He has since begun using an abbreviated version of his actual name, Daniel Isaiah Schachter, as his stage name). His second solo album, Come Into Gone, will be released by Secret City Records on March 31st 2015.
Basia Bulat is a singer-songwriter and multi‐instrumentalist from Toronto who has found acclaim for her exuberant live show, soulful voice and well-crafted songs. Her critically acclaimed third album, Tall Tall Shadow, co-produced with Grammy-winning engineer Mark Lawson and Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury, was released worldwide in 2013 by Secret City Records. She featured in many Festivals and Talk shows, was nominated for a JUNO in 2014 and toured all over Europe and North America.
En novembre 2012, Suuns et un ami de longue date, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh de Jerusalem In My Heart, ont loué un studio à Montréal pour sept jours. L’idée était de collaborer sur des ébauches d’idées de chansons et de compléter autant d’enregistrement que possible, sans discrimination. La session a été un succès, résultant en beaucoup de chansons vibrantes où l’on retrouve d’imposants synthétiseurs analogiques, des influences arabes et une sensibilité électronique.
MIRACLE FORTRESS is the cognomen for Montreal-based musician and producer Graham Van Pelt. Also a member of Think About Life, as Miracle Fortress Graham records and performs a wide array of musical soundscapes, hooks and beats. His 2007 debut, Five Roses, received widespread critical praise, including a Polaris Prize nomination. He's currently working on a long-awaited sophomore release.
Diamond Rings is Toronto-based recording artist John O'Regan. He writes songs you either already, or will one day, sing in the shower.
Human Highway is the new collaboration from two of Canada’s most-loved troubadours: Jim Guthrie and Nick Thorburn. Both artists have been long-time fixtures of Canadian pop music. “I think this album works because Nick and I both share a love for oldies” Guthrie says, “it’s a new genre called ‘Golden Moldy Indie Oldies’. It’s AM radio rock for the babies of the future past.”
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