Q&A with Birds & Batteries

  Hey there, Mike! It’s so great to connect with you over your band’s recent 4th studio album, Stray Light, which is out on Eightmaps. It’s an engaging album of tuneful, synth-leaning pop that shines a light on your sweet ‘n’ elastic vocals and cogent lyrics. Can you go into who is in the band these days? Thank you so much! Likewise. … [Read more...]

Chains of Love – Strange Grey Days

Vancouver-based Chains of Love released this 7-song debut this past spring on Manimal Vinyl and it’s a nouveau-retro winner that delivers a  fresh, but faithful take on the old school musical stylings of the 60s and 70s, mixing vibrant 60s Girl Group harmonies and Wall of Sound dynamics with 70s organ psychedelia and more modern, sharply angular … [Read more...]

Florence And The Machine – Ceremonials

The always stirring Florence Welch is at it again on Ceremonials, blurring the line between the earthly and the spiritual with her restless rave-ups and pained, emotive vocals that seek release in song.  What was fresh on her debut Lungs becomes formula (but the very best kind…) here as Florence cements her status as a tortured, but (over)zealous … [Read more...]

The Boxing Lesson – “Muerta” video

“Muerta” by The Boxing Lesson is a grand, deliberately-paced slow-builder awash with bluesy slide guitar lines, deep, solemn organ notes, and tense, pained vocals from lead vocalist Paul Waclawsky. Paul’s lamenting vocals arc upwards in airy anguish, as he strings out the words “…waiting to die.”, backed by Jaylinn Davidson’s sweeter-toned vocals. … [Read more...]

Moonface – Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped

Surely any art is some kind of self-indulgent act for its purely aesthetic level. Wanting to create something majestic and realizing that you have something to offer is an interesting balance and, yet, some musicians relish in releasing album after album of music. So, even in that sense, is it really acceptable to mark one’s eccentric abilities as … [Read more...]