Adrian Underhill preps us for the Winter “Weather”

 

Be prepared because it’s sweater weather, and more importantly, it’s cuffing season. This is where Adrian Underhill comes in with his new single, “Weather”, specifically for times like these. I knew I wanted it to be a very simple concept and I think there’s something intrinsically meaningful about seeing a songwriter sing their own song. I sat with a keyboard and one drum machine and tried not to play too much with production ideas at first. The tunes have a classic ‘70s songwriter vibe, even though we ultimately wanted to push the production into a more modern realm. This simple, direct way of songwriting is me at my best. As a person with a lot of privilege I felt like these songs had to count – they had to really mean something to me.

On ‘Weather’, I love how the production came out. Adam (Bainbridge) took my original demo and just kinda warped it and morphed it, almost like a remix, adding new drums and changing the keyboard sounds I had played. Then we added the live piano and synth bass from Brandon Coleman (Kamasi Washington) and Keith Eaddy (DāM-FunK). In the end it’s quite playful and strange – it’s a great combination of sound”. This is all straight from the horse’s mouth and we decided to go in this direction so that you can get a true artist’s perspective and feel when creating a song, especially a song that is heavily reliant upon songwriting. What better way to get into a song then getting into the mind of the songwriter of it and work through your own interpretation as you listen to his. Not only do you get an in-depth look at the production, but you also get an in-depth feel of the emotions behind it. Listen to “Weather” by Adrian Underhill and tell us how you feel after.

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“Remember Now” by Goodnight, Sunrise shows us how to rise above

Goodnight, Sunrise releases a track that speaks of the past, present, and future of their band and music in one track. One track that explains it all. There will be no walls, no secrets, no covers when it comes to this band and they want it that way. Remember Now is a hopeful song that came out of a time of despair – David (guitar/vocals) and Vanessa (keytar/vocals) started the band 6 years ago as best friends, found Paul (drums) shortly after, started dating 4 years ago, and broke up this summer. The song is about remembering that beneath the hurt, sadness, and pain that can overcome friendships and relationships, there’s always love at the core and if you’re careful and committed, it’s possible to preserve that love even if it’s in a different form.Goodnight, Sunrise lets the lightning strike to remind us that we shouldn’t forget the important things in life, a good memory goes a long way to make things work. Director Ryan Brough captured that spirit in the accompanying video which premiered Monday on Indie88 – it’s basically a dream scrapbook from this past summer and the wonderful roller coaster that is our band family. Remember the important things in life because if it truly is important to you, you’ll never forget. In another way, use the memory to prove to yourself and others that you can do anything you set you rmind to, even though people try to put you down. Sonically, Remember Now is a major turning point in the evolution of our sound, thanks largely to the production and mixing talents of Derek Hoffman (The Elwins, The Flatliners). Derek really nailed the heartbeat of our band and for the first time made our recording feel as explosive and dynamic as our live show is.

Story behind release of “Anxiety” by 1971

We get tons of submissions in our emails to listen and feature music on our site and social media, but there hasn’t been one request that actually brought us to tears. When reading this email from 1971 Canada and their story regarding their track, “Anxiety”, we couldn’t control our emotions and we felt a heavy heart for them. This feature is truly special and we are honored to be chosen to feature their new exclusive track and we dedicate this feature to 1971 Canada and anyone who is close to them. We decided to end our portion of this feature here and instead post thier own words from the email because it touched our hearts and we want it to touch yours as well.

In February 2017 our bassist, founding member, and friend Cameron Glen Cranston suddenly passed away in the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center. He was 25 years old.We as a band decided to not continue without our brother. Now we’re releasing our last existing recordings with Cameron; two demos we recorded for a grant we received and one of his songs. The first track “Anxiety (In the Depths of Northwestern Ontario)” was written for Cam in 2016 during a really difficult period while Cam was still around. We’re glad we have “his” song, even though it’s hard to listen to sometimes.We’ll be releasing this song as well as two others on cassette and 7” vinyl via Art of the Uncarved Block this December 1st. The EP is called No Matter Where You Go, There You Are. We really hope this release properly puts this band to rest and we hope it touches some people who might have experienced something similar to what we went through. Cameron was a great musician and an inspiration to a lot of people he knew. He deserves to be heard and remembered.

Enjoy “Anxiety” by 1971 Canada.

Lavender Child gives us a sneak peak to her December 1st EP release of Reflections with “Happy Illusions”

 

Toronto artist Lavender Child writes dreamy / ethereal alt-pop that can dictate the type of mood you can be in for the next several hours. We’re glad her music is the type to make you think, truly though-provoking. Her debut music video / single “Happy Illusions” exclusively premiered with The Revue November 9th and we’re excited to be able to feature here at We Sound Strange. Where else would such a eye-catching artist be that with the strange who can appreciate. Soon, all will be able to revel in her presence but until then, we have the privilege of welcoming her new single that is set to release December 1st.  Lavender Child is passionate about the environment, community, and self exploration and her upcoming EP Reflections is a humble manifestation of these thoughts… “Our experience is the only truth that we know, here are some of mine”. We hope that you’ve had a wonderful Thanksgiving being thankful to all of those you love and care about. We Sound Strange is thankful for all of those who’ve stuck by our side and embraced the strange in them. Strange is our normal and that’s how we like. Enjoy this new track by Lavender Child, “Happy Illusions”.

Let’s follow Makk into the “Jungle”

Think back to 1987, when Guns N’ Roses first told the world how crazy the streets of LA can, basically telling us, Welcome to the jungle. Now, we Makk telling us to go on a hunt for her in the jungle, that it takes more than just a little effort to get her attention, let alone, affection. “Jungle” symbolizes more about her and what we’re willing to go through for her. Are we willing to fight off all the dangers of the deep jungle to get to a prize, which in turn, a prize like the love of Makk seems to be well-worth the risk. How would we know, right? Well, we dove deep into the production of the track to truly analyze and hypothesize what it is about Makk and the jungle journey we’d embark on.
We’re enchanted by Makk; we find her style of music irresistible that we would definitely dive in head first to the jungle to rescue her. Let’s start with the vocals: it’s intoxicating. Her voice has now become an addiciton that we need constant doses of. The delicate and velvety sound can brainwash and influence any mortal being to be under her spell. The effective use of the 808 drums further hightens the mollifying perception of sensuality. We’re caught between a spell and a trance but we don’t want to break either because we’re afraid of making it real and no longer having this novelty feeling. Let Makk put you under her spell with “Jungle”.

Catch the new wave of EDM with Bulow’s “This Is Not A Love Song”

Bulow goes against the stereotypical holiday love with her new track, “This Is Not A Love Song”. Finally, somone who doesn’t exaggerate all the lovey dovey hoopla that everyone seems to be getting now. What better way to tell somone who’s falling for you than by telling them the truth. They want you so bad and they want to be together so bad but you can’t fake feelings, no matter how badly you would want it as well. The heart wants what it wants and it’s best not to fake a feeling that just isn’t there. In the long run, it’s best for both you. By telling the truth from the get-go instead having it linger makes more sense to get the feelings hurt now, and not hurt much worse much later. It’s a conversation that needs to be had as soon as possible. Bulow tells it like it is and play no games.
 Enough of our rambling, we got a bit ahead of ourselves. Bulow gives us a track that we instantly loved. Lyric aside since we got into already how incredibly accurate it is, the production of the track works perfectly with the vibe she wanted to portray. We’re enamored by the cohesion of sounds to blend a mix that meshes with the synth waves, the vocal effects, the standard rhythm, and the eclectic 80’s keyboard as fillers. The melody brought by the high-pitched bass line makes it flow well with the chorus that reiterates that it’s not a love song but don’t take it so harsh. Our advice is to always tell people the truth and we hope that Bulow encourages you muster up some courage and tell people how you really feel and forget the game that everyone seems to be playing nowadays. Listen to “This Is Not A Love Song” to get that last bit of courage.

MOSTART is set to drop Off The Richter during his album release party Sunday at Lubitsch in West Hollywood

The name: MostArt. The name has come up before here with We Sound Strange. We were first introduced to the name from a personal friend who kept raving about a new artist with off-the-wall skill, MostArt. Of course we were intrigued. Not only is this coming from a personal friend we trust, but the hype he’s building is pretty astronomical. The first track we listened and eventually featured here was “Love Me Not” from his album, No Animals Were Harmed In The Making Of This Record. Blown away. MostArt reached out to us as he wanted We Sound Strange to exclusively release his new album, Off The Richter”. Needless to say, we can’t wait to see him perform live at the Lubitsch and let the world finally hear “Off The Richter” and vibe out to the technical skill, the musical variety, and the on-stage prowess of MostArt in the comfort of his own home, music.

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It’s the “RETRN” of Remedy

We’ve got it. We’ve got just the thing to cure you of all your weekend’s mistakes and regrets. We guess you can say we found the perfect Remedy, eh? Well, in a way, we’re not wrong. Remedy brings you RETRN, a dubstep happy track that builds you up and reels you in with different ensembles of drops and samples to create an epic bring-down-the-house type track. The basic blueprint is of course have an eclectic build up with synthetic sounds and vocal cuts that literally build up in volume and intensity. Once the build is complete with the addition of drum kits that emphasize the use of change of pace in subtle fashion, let the music go quiet and then blast the listener’s ears with heavy bass and symphonic tones to pierce but soften a blow that gets the hype to reach maximum height, maximum level of chaos. Let the madness begin, not end, with remedy’s track RETRN. It’s not the end, it’s only the beginning to madness.

Jay Critch gives us a dope track with “Fashion ft. Rich The Kid”

It’s been a while since we’ve added a new hip hop track and we sound strange is dedicating this feature purely for hip hop if you will. For our first feature of the week, we decided to call upon the talents of Jay Critch. He just released fashion featuring rich the kid to give us a trap and hip hop ensemble.

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Get a 70’s flashback with Furnsss’ “Divine”

Divine by Furnsss, that’s it, go listen to it. No, we’re kidding. In all seriousness, we’re extremely excited to be able to bring this track to all of you. We absolutely love the creation of it, the production, the all-around feel of it. It’s taken aback by the rules of what music should be today but it has it’s right to stand alone and branch out of the common. We’re thinking of fleetwood mac back in the 70’s when they were changing the way we listened to music. Actually, we’re just referring to the age of the 70’s when music was going through a split, a revolution between two set of genres that couldn’t seem to coexist.

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Let the intensity rise by listening to Wasting Away’s “We’re Fucked”

Wasting Away is bringing the early 2000’s Punk Rock scene by recreating the scene, the sound, the memories of the beginning of a millennium full of hope. We listen to the heavy use of bass striking to resonate through the speakers and pierce the ears of everyone withing the reach of the sound waves. We listen on for the typical chords played by the Punk Rock bands of those days — the famous G chord to keep the fast strumming of the guitar to keep the speedy pace to keep us energized and ready mosh. It’s also being paired with guitar riffs that are about only 3 or 4 notes in to be repeated by strumming as well to follow the same breakdown. The drums are also fast-pumping, hard-hitting that doesn’t stop throughout the track, the continuous 1,2 or 1 beat to match the intensity. Also, it has the original fast playing buildup to lead to the same quickness of the vibe. This is why the track is only about 2 minutes long because it’s highly intense and very fast for those needing to let off some steam. The vocals remind us very closely to that of Blink 182, a nasaly sort of high-pitched sound that weirdly sounds pleasant. Listen to “We’re Fucked” by Wasting Away and tell us you don’t think they sound extremely similar to Blink 182.

“Wish” it to reality with Saycille

Let’s talk about something important here; wishes. Yes, a wish is sort of like hope but with less faith in it actually happening. Why is that? Why do we not have as much faith in wishing as we do with hoping? How many times did you want something so bad that it hurts every day you’re not where you want to be or have what you want to have? We can tell you from personal experience that it doesn’t always happen, sometimes a wish is not enough. Perhaps, the wish the will you instill upon yourself to make it happen. No matter what it is you’re wishing for, it’s  a process to attain anything of value in this life. We’re still in the process today to reach new heights and we’ll keep wishing and working until it happens. What else are you going to do, right? Sleep around and watch Netflix? Heck no, work hard and make it happen — stop feeling sorry for yourself. This is where Saycille comes in with her new track, “Wish”. It’s a soft sensation that encourages the wish to come true through you, not through magic. Continue reading ““Wish” it to reality with Saycille”