Heavy Eyes is the debut full-length from Canadian indie rockers Basement Revolver. There’s an air of hard-won wisdom and weariness pervading the album. Its title sums up a bone-deep exhaustion, as well as hinting at a heavier direction as they deftly merge ’90s infused indie rock with fuzzy dreamy pop and poignant, yearning lyrics. A deeply affecting and rewarding set of songs.
Your first taste of Basement Revolver's long-anticipated debut LP Heavy Eyes. is the yearning, intimate first track “Baby.” On it, songwriter Chrisy Hurn boldly shares intimate stories and personal wounds from her past, which have come together to reveal a deeply affecting and rewarding debut full length. The song is an expansive, echoing anthem, laden with honest emotion. Heavy Eyes is available now via Sonic Unyon Records.
"Found Down" is the raw, raucous new two-track release from London, UK trio Slowcoaches. Of the song, bassist-vocalist Heather Perkins says: “It’s about how the ‘struggle’ of the artist is glamorised by mainstream labels via the media in order to sell records. And it’s about how mundane and frustrating the day-to-day reality of that struggle can actually be, whether that’s mental, financial or something else.” Slowcoaches’ Found Down EP will be available in a limited seven-inch edition; an expanded pressing of the band's crushing debut LP, Nothing Gives, is abailable now on Sonic Unyon.
With New Mistakes, Terra Lightfoot offers up something rare: the kind of genuine document that can only come from a road-tested breed of songwriter and performer. Shot through with the guitarist-vocalist’s powerful, bluesy soul, vivid lyrics and ferocious six-string virtuosity, it’s an unforgettable outing. The steeltown native’s third studio record distills her masterful talent to its electrifying essence.
"I think every artist owes it to themselves to continue to grow and explore new ground, while still holding onto the thing that made them want to play in the first place,“ says award-winning blues artist Steve Strongman. “This record does that for me — it's exciting and honest."
"No Time Like Now" is the title track of the album nominated for Blues Album of the Year at the 2018 JUNO Awards.
Modern and timeless, Strongman’s No Time Like Now is a slab of reinvigorated 21st-century blues. An intoxicating shot of raw electrified blues, the album captures the performer riding a surge of new energy. The album is a shout-out to a lifelong love of blues in all its shapes and shadings, from rough-hewn electric blues, blue-collar hollers and swampy stompers to soulful groovers and hushed, heartfelt ballads. With No Time Like Now, one of this country’s most talented and compelling blues players becomes a juggernaut.
On the heels of the critical success of her sophomore album, Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, Terra Lightfoot teamed up with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and legendary conductor Boris Brott to showcase that album’s songs in bold, dramatic orchestral arrangements. Performed live with select members of the NAO and special guest John-Angus MacDonald of The Trews, the set is immortalized in Live In Concert, a special release from the celebrated roots rocker.
"Whereas many nu-gazers sound like they want to pretend that it's still 1991, Kestrels don't try to rewrite history. Their songs sound like shoegaze should in 2016: huge, anthemic choruses and sticky pop melodies surfing tidal waves of pedal-driven noise and crashing rhythms." – Noisey
"Hamilton's SIANspheric hit back huge with their trippy take on indie drone… what comes next is bound to be pretty spectacular” – BlogTO
“The waves of gentle turbulence and ethereal beauty are still as hypnotic and cavalier as they were on the first listen. A stoner classic.” – Chart Attack (#40, Top 50 Canadian Albums of All Time). The legendary 1995 debut, available on vinyl for the first time ever.
“WTCHS put out by far the best and most rewarding loud rock record this year… Sprinkled with feedback and layered with overblown guitars, howling vocals, beefy horns and Jesus Lizard-like rhythmic precision, She Walks, She Creeps is impossible to turn away from and begs to be turned up.” – Dominionated