With the success of Closer to Paradise and Wooden Arms, Montreal-based Patrick Watson have decided to re-release their out-of-print debut, Just Another Ordinary Day. While the album shows the band’s early signs of experimentation and maintains their air of mystery, it ultimately feels like an assortment of half-executed ideas. Many of the album’s tracks are… Continue reading Spun: Patrick Watson
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Spun: Patrick Watson
Wander back three years to a typical autumn day in Montreal. The release of Patrick Watson’s second full-length disc, Close to Paradise, had earned him and his backing band of eccentric masterminds international acclaim and the Polaris Music Prize. Three years on, Watson’s latest release, Wooden Arms, provides an array of lush instrumentals, quirky makeshift… Continue reading Spun: Patrick Watson
Porpoises canít talk
British Columbia outfit Said the Whale’s moniker invokes nautical notions and for good reason. The guys and gal have been working hard to distinguish themselves in Canada’s ever-growing music scene and record a partially new album, all the while sustaining their careers by slugging it on tugboats. After the release of Howe Sounds in June,… Continue reading Porpoises canít talk
Spun: The Matt Blais Connection
Calgary-based The Matt Blais Connection’s self-titled EP is reminiscent of many things on the first listen. Influences such as the Beatles and Ben Kweller are clearly heard on each freshly emerging track, which often offers a completely different feel than the previous. With the combined elements of rock, folk and soul, it’s no wonder Matt… Continue reading Spun: The Matt Blais Connection