Monday Madness:: Sean Nicholas Savage, The Rural Alberta Advantage

Sean Nicholas Savage - Trippple Midnight Karma


A top beds of synths, guitar and Latin infused melodies, Montreal’s Sean Nicholas Savage showcases his take on Motown soul. The results are more New Edition than Marvin, and expose a cosmic funk that elevate the experience. For those thinking the high pitched vocals border on parody, take a listen to the intricate programming and lush tapestries that encase Sean’s words. Trippple Midnight Karma may seems like a casual affair, but reveals a sound that most would butcher and required a serious bedroom scientist with a somewhat twisted vision to pull it off.


Sean’s sound is infectious - just listen to the guitars in “Getting to Know Myself”, the thick or Headhunters era Hancock bass line of “Common Be Happy” - but it’s his purity; the innocence of love that permeates the melodies, even when he makes it hot, that surprises you and the explorations into 70′s pop, island rhythms and even house music that make Trippple Midnight Karma engaging until the last note. It’s a pay what you can offer from the great people at Arbutus, so do yourself a favor and get on board. Oh, and be thankful it’s not this Sean Nicholas.

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MP3:: Sean Nicholas Savage - Babe

The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing


It’s been over a week since the release of the new RAA LP, Departing, and endless streams of words have flowed across the internet and it’s doubtful I’ll say anything different. It’s evident that it’s almost impossible to separate this Toronto band from their past. Not only had Nils crafted a collection of songs set and drawn from his early years in Alberta, the band’s story and rise to fame has been shared by every blogger and music fan that hoisted the band on their shoulders, celebrating their victory as if it was our own. They gave proof to the mantra we’ve all been chanting for years. Good songs get heard, and great and great people can make a living in this crumbling music world.


Unfortunately, that means without complete reinvention, Departing will be left to find space alongside Hometowns and The RAA left to be judged versus their past. Personally, I think Departing plays like a fine tuned, logical progression from the raw emotion of Hometowns. The RAA still builds from the same, basic elements; frantic strums, perfectly placed textures and harmonies (from the often overlooked Amy Cole) and crashing drums with huge fills, but everything is tighter this time around. If you look at production, song writing, emotion and cohesion, you realize the band is better and years on the road have helped them. Unfortunately, the results seem less urgent and as a result, easier to overlook if you don’t take the time to listen from start to finish. The band never got enough credit for tender moments that closed their debut, and probably won’t this time around, especially since the boombastic sounds that propelled Nils, Amy and Paul have been downplayed to make Departing a much more uniformed and ultimately rewarding listen.

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MP3:: The Rural Alberta Advantage - North Star



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4 Responses to “Monday Madness:: Sean Nicholas Savage, The Rural Alberta Advantage”

Alex March 8th, 2011 at 12:06 am

The RAA album is pretty good, but a nostalgic love letter to a former province and a crumbling relationship doesn’t sound quite as poignant the second time around.

ack March 8th, 2011 at 8:40 am

I totally agree. I think it’s a better record top to bottom, and is a logical step for the band, I just don’t think it will have the impact of Hometowns for me (and many others).

jimmidee jones March 8th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

trippple midnight though, man that is soo totally sweet

douglas March 9th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Sean Nicholas Savage is one of Canada’s best. FOR REAL. One of the best.

Trippple Midnight Karma is solid, and so are his past several albums: “Mutual Feelings of Respect & Admiration” is a fantastic disco-pop record, “Spread Free Like A Butterfly” has actually made me cry, and “Movin’ Up in Society” has some very poetic and catchy songs.

A rad soul.

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