Quick Hitters:: Goose Lake & Katie Moore

Goose Lake - Landlords

 

Goose Lake’s creaky folk melodies don’t shine or shimmer like the waters of the Victoria coasts that the duo calls home; no, they sneak around corners, hide in shadows and whisper in the gentle breezes. Like the best quirky folk, Goose Lake balances beauty and melody (the piano, soaring vocals and hand percussion of “I Saw You in the Hall” draws me in every time) with unnerving, slightly unsettling darkness.

 

Littered with accordion, slow pulled strings, banjo, harmonies, finger picking, Landlords seems an odd title as these songs aren’t about who owns the building, but rather those that find comfort and build a home inside. The nine songs are intimate and even with the slight chill that sticks in the air, these 30-minutes are comforting.

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MP3:: Goose Lake - Cobblestone
WEB:: http://gooselake.bandcamp.com/

 

Katie Moore - Montebello

 

Resting firmly on the opposite end of the spectrum, Montreal’s Katie Moore’s songs are warm and nourishing. Moore’s voice - as rich as mahogany and as sticky as honey - carries more personality in a single note than most singers reveal in an entire song, and it’s that mix of power and charm that helps her stand above the polished arrangements and contributions from some of Montreal’s brightest stars and biggest names. Beautiful melancholy reverberates throughout Montebello, but never does the heft of the subject matter detract from the bold arrangements, and never does a note feel out of place or forced.

 

Probably an all too easy comparison, but Moore’s voice will channel an appreciation and cause fans to swoon like another red-headed honorary Canadian and the talent that stands behind her is just as strong. The main difference is instead of murder ballads and dark but lovable characters, Katie Moore is smooth and soulful (just let yourself sink into “We Have Had Some Good Times”). She’s Sunday mornings and sunsets on the back porch. More importantly, she’s practically unknown outside of her city and that’s a shame because Moore’s talented and Montebello is a hard record to turn off.

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MP3:: Katie Moore - Wake Up Like This
WEB:: http://www.katiemoore.ca/

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