If there was only one song you could hear today, I’d wish it to be Jack Garratt‘s latest single “Weathered”. Since having my first listen before the weekend (and promising not to post it until today), I’ve been racking up the soundcloud listens all weekend for what I think is his strongest material yet. “Weathered” is the first single to be lifted from Jack’s forthcoming debut album, due for release in early 2016. Written, recorded, and co-produced by Jack, it follows the release of two acclaimed self-produced EPs and is the sound of a talented multi-instrumentalist coming into his own.
Check out this head bobber by Satellite Stories if you haven’t already. It’s a throwback to 2013, but this four-man band recently released their fourth album titled Vagabonds this past March that’s worth a listen too. They’ve performed at a handful of festivals in Europe and I’m waiting for them to make their way to the US!
A little late to the party on NYC indie-pop band Misterwives, but better late than never. This track “Our Own House” really caught my ear when sharing music with another new music fan recently. Sounds like party Florence; a great summer song.
Doesn’t everyone love Fridays? Here’s a few tracks that peaked my interest today. Put some tunes on and start your weekend right now.
Finally, looks like I might be coming around on Cayucas’s latest album “Dancing at the Blue Lagoon” (out this week via Secretly Canadian). Here’s “Moony Eyed Walrus”.
If you thought touring in a van in Canada was a challenge, try doing it in a canoe. Toronto songwriter Peirson Ross is making it happen, having embarked on a 900 km North Eastern canoe tour from Georgian Bay to Montreal with filmmaker/adventurer Frank Wolf. The tour is to celebrate the release of Peirson’s latest album Wild Ones (stream) and to pay homage to the very essence of Canada – the wilderness. Like modern day Voyageurs, Peirson and Frank are travelling by canoe on the same water veins as the First Nations did when they populated the lands 10,000 years ago.
Ross describes Wild Ones as a homesick project that prompted him to reconnect with his roots. Written in his New York apartment, Peirson plays each of the 20+ instruments, also designing and creating the beautiful artwork. Each tile on the cover holds a paper-cut image of one of sixteen endangered species of Canada, and along with the songs, he intends for them to “represent the ten provinces, three territories and three oceans that reside within these fragile habitats.” Peirson’s aim was to marry “art, music, and nature in an album dedicated to wildlife and to those living the wild life.” This is for the wild ones.