It’s a great day for a new EP! Toronto-based Century Thief is back with their new self-released EP, Deaf Beneath the Waves, which is their second release since their debut record, Reverie. Century Thief is made up of vocalist/guitarist Omar Shabbar, bassist, Dante Matas, drummer Colin McNally, guitarist/vocalist Michael Legere, Kathryn Kearns on keys, wind, and vocals, Adam Reid on brass. Says Century Thief about the creative recording process for Deaf Beneath the Waves,
We found it very important to have a bigger hand in the recording process, and decided to self-produce this material. In the spring of 2016, we isolated ourselves at a farmhouse in Northern Ontario for a week and a half to begin tracking, and then finalized the recordings at The Root Down Studio back home in Toronto. The result was songs that are darker, and more spacious, incorporating more electronic sounds, synthesizers, ambient noise, and effected guitars and vocals.
Deaf Beneath the Waves tracklist: 1. “406” starts off Deaf Beneath the Waves on a dramatic note. With full instrumentation and great vocals, Century Thief does not waste any time getting their EP going. Read more about “406” here. 2. “You Are Here” picks up where “406” left off. A bit mellower, but simply showcasing a different kind of strength. Century Thief clearly has an excellent hold on their composition, and knows how to display their well-crafted sound in the best way possible. 3. “Science of Solace” closes out the EP on a more upbeat tone. The most indie-rock of all the tracks, “Science of Solace” is filled with excellent harmonies, guitar, and bass. Til the last moment, Century Thief will have the listener hooked, holding onto every last note of the moving, soaring song.
Novo Amor has dropped a brand new single, “State Lines” The Welsh producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist (irl Ali Lacey) has already released two EP’s – Woodgate, NY and Bathing Beaches – and a collaborative record, Heiress, with Ed Tullett. Now, he’s back again with “State Lines”, a gently powerful track that moves along an irresistible strain. Featuring Novo Amor’s signature falsetto, “State Lines” is sure to please both old and new listeners with its emotive soundscape. We can’t wait to see what Novo Amor has in store following the release of “State Lines”. Says Novo Amor of the track: “The name ‘State Lines’ represents the idea of bordering something; it reflects a feeling or place of uncertainty.”
Catch Novo Amor on tour:
Tue Oct 16, UK, Manchester, Gorilla
Wed Oct 17, UK, Glasgow, Saint Luke’s
Fri Oct 19, UK, Leeds, Community Room @ Brudenell Social Club
Sat Oct 20, UK, Brighton, The Haunt
Mon Oct 22 UK, London, Union Chapel
Wed Oct 24, France, Paris, La Maroquinerie
Fri Oct 26, Germany, Berlin, Funkhaus
Sat Oct 27, Denmark, Copenhagen, Vega Small Hall
Sun Oct 28, Sweden, Stockholm, Kagelbanan
Tue Oct 30, Belgium, Brussels, Botanique – Orangerie
Wed Oct 31, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso Noord
Thu Nov 01, Germany, Hamburg, Gruenspan
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Joel Levi has just dropped his self-titled album. Honest and down to earth, Joel Levi explores challenges and difficulties of life on an Americana/indie-folk soundscape. Joel Levi: 1. “Middle of Everything” starts off the record on an upbeat note, setting the indie-folk tone of the album. Showcasing Levi’s great vocals, this first track sets the stage for the rest of the album. 2. “Will We Ever Change?” is up next, starting off with a smooth, angstier sound. As the title suggests, this track explores the fear of being stuck as you are. 3. “Honest Mistake” carries the listener into a more Americana sound, reminiscent of Springsteen. Featuring a great guitar solo towards the second half the song, the lyrics “I don’t wanna bring you down” echo throughout the track. 4. “Easy to Be Alone” is a more laid back folk song that moves along an emotional soundscape, encouraging the listener to hold onto their loved ones and fight for them. 5. “Harder Times” emphasizes perseverance, even through adversity. Well-placed guitar rounds out the track into a solid song. 6. “The Garden” brings the listener into a simple but touching melody, filled with well-constructed metaphors. 7. “All My Friends” changes it up, instantly upbeat and quickly moving into a feel-good chorus that will make any listener appreciative for the important friends in their life. 8. “Sweet Melinda” comes next, a beautiful love song that starts off with some acoustic guitar. An instant classic, “Sweet Melinda” encompasses what a romantic folk song should sound like. 9. “Blind Men Still Dream” is a painfully honest track that explores the challenges we face, and the support that we always can depend on. 10. “Hold On Me” closes out Joel Levi on a simple but touching note with a love song. “Hold On Me” shows just one of Levi’s many musical aspects and gently brings the record to an end.
New-York based singer Kimbra has just dropped the official music video for her new song, “Like They Do On The TV”. The two-time Grammy award winning artist has recently dropped her new record, Primal Heart, and is currently on tour in support of the album. “Like They Do On The TV” is just a taste of Primal Heart, and the music video takes the viewer on a glimpse into the wonderful world of Kimbra. With a retro vibe, Kimbra finds her way onto everyone’s screens in this catchy track. Filled with eye candy and a great color scheme, “Like They Do On The TV” is not to be missed. With stunning visuals and a knack for the slightly abstract, Kimbra has done it again with another fantastic music video. Check it out today!
Seattle-based artist Damien Jurado drops his 13th album, The Horizon Just Laughed, today. In his 20+ year career, Jurado has never self-produced a record – until now. The Horizon Just Laughed is being released via Secretly Canadian.
Jurado says of his record:
From the beginning I have approached this album differently than those in the past. I snuck away to record it without anyone knowing. I sat in the producers seat for the first time in years, where I followed creativity’s every turn. It was fulfilling to watch the things come to life before me with the help of some talented friends. I am so very proud of this album and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.
The Horizon Just Laughed track listing: 1. “Allocate” starts off the record on a mellow but strong note. Highlighting Jurado’s musky vocals, “Allocate” provides a glimpse into what is to come. 2. “Dear Thomas Wolfe” begins with a rhythmic guitar intro reminiscent of Jack Johnson. Featuring great lyrics like, “Was I faking trusting you?”, this song gets the ball rolling into the record. 3. “Percy Faith” takes a different approach instrumentally, and utilizes a storytelling manner to bring the lyricism a nostalgic feel. 4. “Over Rainbows and Rainier” is the leading single off The Horizon Just Laughed. A soft, moving track, this reflective song brings the listener gently along. Jurado has also put out a music video for this track. Check out the video for “Over Rainbows and Rainier” HERE. 5. “The Last Great Washington State” features some nice drum moments and steady vocals. 6. “Cindy Lee” is a beautiful interm track that has some well-placed harmonies, and moves the listener into the second half of the album. 7. “1973” perks up with a gentle but pointedly moving track. 8. “Marvin Kaplan” gets an almost samba sound going, as Jurado is accompanied by soft female harmonies. 9. “Lou-Jean” is closer to tracks like “Percy Faith”, telling a meaningful story through song. 10. “Florence-Jean”, the penultimate track on this record, takes an upbeat take on the tales that Jurado tells in The Horizon Just Laughed. 11. “Random Fearless” closes out the album on a fun note, unafraid of the future.