It’s getting colder and the nights are getting darker, what is there to do but listen to some good old fashioned folk music to get through the day. We’ll have to see what we have in store for you. I got something for your folky days:The Sweden-based indie-folk duo A Choir Of Ghosts released their new single ‘Morning Light’ on December 1st and it’s truly a track that makes you feel like you’re in an old folk tale. After the overwhelming success of their first single ‘Ester’ in 2016 – a few weeks after they just founded the band – they went touring across all over Europe and are now also about to play in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and UK this Fall and Winter. Their tunes remind of a native surrounding with woods & oceans – and in the center of that scenario, it is A Choir Of Ghosts, a band that sounds like an indie-folk symbiosis between The Head And The Heart, Bear’s Den and Local Natives. Try this out for yourself and tell us your folky adventure.
The Crowleys just released our new single/video “Midnight Blue”. Remember Guardians of the Galaxy 2’s first song of their sounds track, Mr. Blue Sky? We have this tucked behind upbeat surf guitar and robotic vocal tones that remind us so much of it. “Midnight Blue” is about where your mind takes you on a sleepless night. We’ve all experienced our imagination take wondrous turns to different realities and different dimensions of our own creation. The limitless power of imagination is what enabled us as humans to advance and advance so quickly. The carefree yet melancholic tone of the song guides an antique robot through a day at the beach where his imagination and reality clash. We all suffer, nay, we all experience sleepless nights with thoughts we don’t understand, taking us to places we’ve never even heard of. It exemplifies the loneliness and anxiety hidden behind a happy facade, which is what inspired the track in the first place. We absolutely love songs that take us to far and out-of-this-world places that let’s our imagination to the walking. Let inspiration take you on a wild adventure and follow your own robotic undertones. Be sure to check out “Midnight Blue” by The Crowleys.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
We’re excited to bring you this electronic track to your ears, soul, and into your heart. The Him bring us with “Always” not to dance to, like you’d expect from Electronic music using synth waves to bounce and drop to the floor. No, this track hits you right in the feels, especially with the lyrics and the message if confides in you to keep in your heart. The creation and production of the track is classic build up with the vocals and it usually takes the lead but it definitely looks as if they take the backseat in this one, making way for the lyrics. We’ll only give you a taste of the lyrics because we wouldn’t want to spoil for you. “Make feel like always, kiss me like it’s always”. Even with this words alone it takes us to another world where happiness is something you feel, always. Happiness should be an always and the person who brings you this always is somone who should be with you, always. Listen to “Always” by The Him and you’ll have this on repeat, always.
Don’t go in there, it’s a trap! It’s Trap music and now you’re stuck listening to it. Stuck is such a strong word, let’s use privileged. Trap music seems to be getting a lot of hate but there are few artists who dabble in the genre who can make it a dope experience to listen to.Ashton Travis is one of those artists that can rap and sing to a Trap beat and make it pleasurable for the listener to listen and sing along to. The beat is a simplistic trap beat but ashton uses autotune to create the trap vocal effects to synthesize with the beat. His lyrical prowess can really shine in “Exactly”. His rhymes are quite simple as well that we beat ourselves up because we should of thought of them but that’s how it always is with hit songs. Listeners beware, you may fall in love this track. Click that play button for Ashton Travis’ new track, “Exactly”.
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.