Hometown: Langley, British Columbia
Label: The Hastings Set | Website: http://sophiadanai.com
Creativity, passion, and soul. These are the three words that best describe Sophia Danai.
Upon the first listen of her debut EP Wishing Well, it is easy to hear where the influences lie behind Danai’s music, which includes her early exposure to the likes of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. While the inspiration is clear, Danai’s spin on her own music is just that – her own. From the summertime vibe of “Let It Fly” to the smoky, soulful vocals of “Wish You Well”, Danai’s debut is a solid one. Produced by fellow local talent Chin Injeti, Wishing Well compacts elements from a range of inspirations from different eras and genres.
Wishing Well is available now on iTunes and Bandcamp.
The Chase is defined by lead singer Sabrina Halde as “the pursuit of an ideal, the desire to be in constant evolution, our tendency to put ourselves in danger to understand what we’re made of”. The title of Groenland’s debut album seems to hold both a concept and a way of life for the band from Montreal. Groenland is composed of Sabrina Halde (vocals, ukelele, keyboard, percussions), Jean-Vivier Levesque (keyboard, electros, percussions), Jonathan Charette (drums), Simon Gosselin (bass), Gabrielle Girard-Charest (cello), and Fanny C. Laurin (violin).
As stated in their biography on their website, the music of Groenland is ‘warm orchestral indie pop tunes with a touch of electro’ – the perfect description for what the listener is intended to hear. Halde’s resonating vocals layer warmly over the simplicity and the natural sounds of the instruments that the band uses throughout the album. The band highlights their tendencies towards upbeat sounds, which works well for them, but also exceeds in keyboard-based ballads such as in “Our Hearts Like Gold”.
There is a charm to Groenland that is communicated through the songs that the band has created for their debut album, and the band is definitely a positive addition within the Canadian music scene.
Key Tracks: Our Last Shot, Our Hearts Like Gold
The Chase is now available on iTunes, and more information on the album and on the band is available on their website: http://groenlandband.com.
Today marks the release of The Belle Game’s first full-length album, Ritual Tradition Habit. A long time local favourite, The Belle Game has certainly grown musically as a band since their Inventing Letters days, adding new members to the original line-up of Adam Nanji (vocals, guitar), Andrea Lo, (lead vocals), Alex Andrew (rhythm guitar), and Katrina Jones (piano, back-up vox). Rounding off the rest of the band are newer additions Rob Chursinoff (drums) and Marcus Abramzik (bass).
There is a depth to Lo’s vocals that transcends the soundscapes that the band has built on their dark pop base. The title of the album actually refers to three individual songs that frame the band’s tracklist, the layering and weaving together of sounds, textures, and shimmering melodies bring upon a unique musical experience. The Belle Game succeeds in the detailing the fabric of their first full-length release.
Key Tracks: Wait Up For You, Bruises To Ash, Keeps Me Up At Night
Ritual Tradition Habit is available now on iTunes, and via the band’s website: http://thebellegame.com.
Stuart Davis is a multi-faceted individual, a touring artist, musician, comedian, and TV personality. His passion clearly lies in the art of the live performance, and he is currently touring North America in support of his latest release, Music For Mortals. Davis will be playing a show next week in Vancouver on April 17th at the Electric Owl, admission is $10. For more information, check out his official website: http://www.stuartdavis.com.
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
Label: Unsigned | Website: http://seammusic.com
There’s an element within Seam’s debut EP Sketches that is hard to pinpoint, but it seems to a part of their charm. There’s a sense of youth, of passion, and of dedication to their craft. Best described as “progressive folk-rock” in their biography, these Mississauga boys have been developing their sound for the past two years. The band is fronted by lead singer Sean Sroka with his acoustic guitar, and backed by percussionist Dave Setton, guitarist Jeff Campana, and bassist Ron Miller. Sroka’s vocals draw comparisons towards the mellow tones of one Jason Mraz, and juxtaposes with the upbeat vibe that the rest of the band provides, intersecting elements of folk and rock.
If you haven’t yet, check out our interview with Bryan Sammis of The Neighbourhood and his playlist picks. He handed over the creative duties of designing the card over to lead singer, Jesse Rutherford, who did fantastic job.
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