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OLIVIA & THE CREEPY CRAWLIES-Tongue Tied

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occ1One year after the debut of their 2014 EP, ‘Charley‘, London, Ontario’s Olivia & The Creepy Crawlies have released the 5 track ‘Tongue Tied‘. While remaining true to the band’s Canadiana/folk sound, this latest album contains more pop sensibilities than I had anticipated. The melodies are wonderfully cool, with harmonies that seem to come out of nowhere, and vocal tracks that generally blew me away. Olivia Borkosky can sing!  The songs contain nice changes, and arrangements that include violin, electric mandolin, glockenspiel, autoharp, harmonica, and of course, ukulele. There is even hand clapping on “Supervillain“. The resulting sound is magical! There is so much going on here, you need to listen several times to get it all.

 

 

occ‘Tongue Tied’ is filled with wonderfully original songs, that demonstrate a unique approach to creating music as evident in the resulting sound. It is entertaining and uplifting, with wonderfully simple, yet cleverly meaningful lyrics. A wonderful album, that will make you smile. Buy it! Listen to it! Love it!

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YOUNG RUNNING-Coming Home

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YR2I truly enjoy receiving unsolicited music. Usually the best music I will be hearing in any given week. This turned out to be true again, when a friend of Toronto band, Young Running sent me the band’s new EP release, Coming Home.

The title track, opens with acoustic guitar and vocals and sets the tone for the rest of the album. There is a great melody, and wonderful transitions. Great song! “Oh My“, a roots/folk song, gives us some very cool guitar picking, brushes on the drums, and a nice bridge.  “Quiver Of Smoke“, with its more upbeat tempo, has an early Blue YR1Rodeo feel, a sort of cowboy-country-pop thing going on. There are great harmonies, wonderful transitions, and a very catchy musical hook. The vocals are remarkable. I am not sure, but I think I heard a washboard. The harmonies of “Rise Up“, give it an almost dirge feeling. The melody is amazing as it rides across some very solid drumming. There is a very nice tempo change and isolated vocals and drums in the final verse.  “Waiting For You” is a roots song, with banjo and, really, is that a washboard? The bass line is great and the drums, well, you need to listen for yourself. This is Canadiana, with lyrical reference to Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. Yes Thunder Bay!

yr3Young Running are a Canadian folk-alt country-roots band. Their music is simplistic yet the songs are wonderfully crafted. Their sound is unique and original, something like Blue Rodeo meets Murray McLaughlin meets Ian Tyson. It is pure Canadian roots music. There are no electric guitars here, and they are not missed. The vocals are amazingly soothing and Liam Kearny‘s songs are masterful. Not surprising as The Beatles and The Beach Boys are cited as influences. The strength of this band is in the songs, in their ability to tell a story. This is an album you should listen to, more than once. It is fun and wonderfully executed. Look out for these guys.

You can hear Young Running at this link:        http://youngrunning.bandcamp.com/

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YOUNG BENJAMINS-Less Argue

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Once every now and again, I hear a band that truly impresses me with their music. Out of Saskatoon,  Young Benjamins have not only impressed, but have excited and elated as well. As the follow up to their 2012 Ep, Bones, their album Less Argue was recently released on Dollartone Records. Recorded at Avenue Recording Studios in Saskatoon and mixed in Athens, Ga by John Keane, of R.E.M. fame, this blend of folk, alternative rock, pop and blues results in an exceptionally well crafted album.

yb1The Colonial Pt.1” incorporates tribal drumming, crisp, clean, subtle guitar riffs, and some very eclectic vocals by Vaero Poulin. “Out There (In The Wild)” is an up tempo song, with a country-blues sentiment. The strong vocals by Neusha Mofazzali are wonderfully set outside the instrumentation. The violin creates and maintains the mood for this song. “Jasper, AB” contains military drumming, great transitions, a catchy hook and violin, used to settle the heavy rhythm section. In “Move, Move“, the violin again plays a major role by creating not just feelings, but layers and texture within the song.”Young Argument” with its heavy drumming allows the vocals to be centre stage, while “Less Argue” , has great harmonies and melody lines that are framed by violin and keyboards. “Green Eyes“, at less than one minute long, is a wonderfully simple folk song with acoustic guitar, a catchy melody and strong harmonies. The vocal styling of “Oh Marie“, puts the emphasis on the melody, lyric and voice. The song has great drum rolls and  melancholic violin. Something here makes me think of Great Big Sea. Could this be the the new Canadiana? “The Solace“,  an instrumental, is melodic and soothing with its incredible violin. What a beautiful piece of music! The best track on the album, “Common Thief“, opens with classic rock drums that are quickly quieted by the violin. There are great drum shots and wonderfully played guitar scales integrated into the song. This is as much rock as these guys will muster. The echo effect on the female vocal halfway through the song creates an almost angelic sensation. There are several changes in tempo and time signature and a great ending. “The Colonial Pt 2” brings closure to the album. It plays as a more up tempo adjunct to “The Colonial Pt. 1”, as if the message is complete. It is a happier tune, perhaps providing closure for the band as well. Have I been listening to a concept album?yb

Young Benjamins have a unique style and a unique approach to songwriting. They have the ability to use music to create mood and conjure images. . There is a middle-eastern influence throughout that integrates so well. These guys are incredibly talented. They can write and play, and they have a great feel for their music. One of the most uniquely creative bands I have heard! If you’ve ever wondered why Burton Cummings was ‘Runnin’ Back To Saskatoon”, the answer could very well be to hear bands like Young Benjamins.”Less Argue” is full of life and it is fun!  This is clearly the band’s album, the album that they wanted to make. Add this to your must have list.

To hear Young Benjamins, click on this link:

http://exclaim.ca/MusicVideo/ClickHear/young_benjamins-less_argue_album_stream

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