Official music video for “Raw Spectacle” by Miracle Fortress, from the album Was I the Wave? (2011, Secret City Records).
Head here to download the track “Raw Spectacle”, for fans of Cut Copy.
I’ve invented a new word. Bluzz. It’s a combination of the words ‘Blog’ and ‘Buzz’. That way, when I mention a band that’s made a couple rounds through the Blogosphere, I say Bluzz band.
not a bad ring to it.
Growing up studying classical and jazz piano in a family of pilots may label you the black sheep of the family. Meet Patrick Watson, a black sheep that grew up in Hudson, a small town just west of Montreal.
Patrick Watson focuses on engineering his own music with a ‘fanatical attention to details, incorporating genres and styles from contemporary classical to modern electronica, at once both pop-oriented and improvisational.’
He’s got the ball rolling on this newest work. A full length called ‘Close To Paradise‘ was recently put out on my favourite small Montreal label Secret City Records. He has shared the stage with the likes of James Brown, The Dears, Feist and The Stills.
A bunch of his tracks can be heard on myspace, or try these on for size. Luscious Life and Giver are great examples of his work.
Check out the video for ‘Drifters‘ by Brigitte Henry. Patrick Watson has collaborated with Brigitte for many years, providing music to her exhibition/book/CD ‘Waterproof9’, a collection of underwater photographs.
I started looking into Secret City Records last week while after having a conversation with Justin from the label. It’s not only the home of Montreal’s Patrick Watson, but also a new home for an interesting project called Miracle Fortress.
Solo project of Think About Life‘s Graham Van Pelt (He’s the really white guy in the band). Opening slot booked for Islands during the Pop Montreal festival in October.
As the majority of Miracle Fortress‘s songs sound like somewhere in between Postal Service and Wolf Parade, Graham’s got a sibling project on the go. Self described as ‘essentially Miracle Fortress with (even) less concentration and effort,’ it has a real soundscape feel to an interesting silent film, or something along the lines of BSS’s predecessor KC Accidental.
Check out the track ‘Eschatology’ by Miracle Fortress. I had to look it up, but it means the branch of theology that studies the end of the world.