Fresh from the album True Stories, Vol. 1, Magic (Connie’s Song) introduces the deeply soulful and musically extraordinary strengths of Toronto’s Queen Pepper in a subtly powerful way.
Having been making music and honing her craft as an artist since the tender age of four, there’s never been any question as to Katrina Stuart’s connection to the art-form. Following a string of impressive achievements and industry connections, September 14th will bring through the Toronto native’s long awaited debut single Blue Roses. Writing from … Continued
A simple and smooth beat meets with a clear sense of melody and rhythm from a songwriting perspective, making Van Kings’ Tell Me a fine introduction to an artist and lyricist with a clear connection to the process.
Rock Bottom has, at its heart, an epic sensibility that is screaming out to be synced to a film – probably over the end credits. Yep, it’s that good. It might be a slightly quirky take on indie pop, but that’s exactly what indie pop should be. This track is essential listening.
This song is a blast! I have a personal philosophy that music can be a very cost-effective holiday. Here, that feeling has been made flesh.
I’ve always been a fan of this kind of work. Being a strong advocate for the belief that music is a very cost-effective way of being transported elsewhere, HOTT takes the listener on an emotive soundscape of a journey. I imagine it is the aural representation of trying to reach the female protagonist who features at … Continued
Derek Lai takes a clear level of care when crafting original songs, this latest release being a fine example of that. Skillfully balancing professionalism with genuine emotion, Blankets is a softly seductive pop song with a partly organic backdrop and a quickly uplifting rhythm.
“As a composer, it’s my job to help fill in the bits that the show can’t tell through words and pictures, and to help give the audience member an invitation to feel something.”
A definite personal favourite from 2019 so far. A powerful track, eye-opening in many ways but also loaded with addictive good vibes that contrast cleverly with the depth of the subject matter.
Musically there’s a beautiful level of nostalgia to the track Shadow Visions. Fresh from the EP Where You Know Yourself, the song bursts through with immediate warmth, colour, and optimistic energy.
As the first few moments of music start to pour through, it’s clear that this is a beautifully unique, creative, melodic and mighty piece of writing and performance – the sort that follows its own rules to great effect.
The song is an anthem for the introverts and misfits. It’s musically pure – not trying to be anything other than what it is; which reinforces brilliantly the very sentiment at the heart of the writing.