Reviews

Reviews:: John Southworth & Andrew Downing Easterween

Reviews:: John Southworth & Andrew Downing Easterween

The passion to create has driven John Southworth for the last sixteen years, resulting in a steady collection of peculiar, quirky, fascinating and often brilliant songs. Considering that in today’s world records that would have sold 500 copies a few years ago don’t even cover production costs these day, John’s creativity is truly an exercise [...]

Reviews:: Walrus Onetwotree

Reviews:: Walrus Onetwotree

Having two sons, I see how brothers interact on a daily basis. Pushing and shoving, hugging and loving. These interactions start too early to be anything more than natural, inherited instinct. Walrus, a new experimental dream-pop act from Halifax, is the work of two brothers but those roughhouse moments are nowhere to be found. The [...]

Reviews:: Jos. Fortin Typewriter

Reviews:: Jos. Fortin Typewriter

There’s been a chill in the air these last few days so reluctantly, I’ve trudged out to the wood pile to grab logs to keep the embers burning. It’s unwelcome at this time of year, but there’s something reassuring and inviting about the crackle of twigs and the slow rise of flames as the room [...]

Cursed Arrows - Skin Behind The Shroud

Time is a precious commodity these days, and so I’m afraid that records I’d normally like to post on are often getting lost in the shuffle. Case in point: Skin Behind The Shroud, the last release from Halifax-based duo Cursed Arrows. For some reason, I assumed we were caught up with the doings of Halifax-based [...]

Reviews:: Zachary Lucky Saskatchewan

Reviews:: Zachary Lucky Saskatchewan

There’s a loneliness that dominates Zachary Lucky‘s arrangements. Zachary’s latest EP, Saskatchewan, offers the contented sadness that develops on days where you are left with nothing to do except watch the odometer turn. Sure, these songs might be a love letter to the province he calls home, but there’s more at play here. Lucky uses [...]

Reviews:: Hermetic Civilized City

Reviews:: Hermetic Civilized City

If we’re being honest, most of the ’90s should be stricken from the record with one of those Men In Black memory removal devices… including Men in Black. Cross Colors, Hypercolor, Chumbawamba and the Bronson Pinchot/Jonathon Lipnicki vehicle, Meego? Just a few of the endless cultural failures we were forced to endure. What we can [...]

Reviews:: Leeroy Stagger Radiant Land

Love doesn’t just leave scars, it takes hostages. The demons, heartache and pain don’t simply become a part of us we eventually forget about until asked, they make demands. If we could grow fibrous tissue to protect the wounds, we’d all be better off, but each sudden move leaves us exposed again and make us [...]

Matthew J Thomson - What A Long Night

In theory, it’s not surprising to stumble upon a folkie from Newfoundland. That stereotype runs as deep as the alleged ’90s era Sloan aquifer that nourishes every band in the Halifax scene, but Matthew J Thomson challenges the limitation of that descriptor. Open Fields songwriter Matthew J Thomson is now solo artist, but his songs [...]

No Family:: Songbird

It’s surreal to feel lost in a place you call home. The buildings, the people, the left turns; they’ve not changed but somehow everything feels foreign. In just under two-minutes, Amy Goldberg dissects the issue perfectly. A burning desire to leave, trumped only by a longing to return, only to find expectations and hope you [...]

Favorites-of ’12:: Cannon Bros. Firecracker/Cloudglow

I’m often tempted to think my generation missed out on adventure. My parents, two of the most sedimentary souls anyone will ever met, spent their honeymoon driving from Halifax to Vancouver, down the coast to California - amazingly enough, they got stopped by cops only one block from where Bobby Kennedy was killed to ensure [...]