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JAPANESE TONGUE SISTERS-Peacock

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jts33Japanese Tongue Sisters, based in Melbourne, Australia,released ‘Peacock‘, a 5 track ep in September 2015. The songs are wonderfully written, filled with amazing changes, great melodies, and wonderfully touching lyrics.

All I Can Regret‘ is excitingly acoustic, with a dynamite string sound, and terrific vocals. The keys on ‘Lose My Head‘ are wonderful, while ‘Perfect Stain‘ delivers a way cool 1980’s electro-pop vibe. ‘Heartbreak Tango‘ has some amazing piano, and I dig the echo. My favorite track, ‘Ma’s New House‘, offers a sweet acoustic track under what sounds like slide guitar, some wonderful harmonies, and a cool country feel.

The album has an ethereal feel, yet delivers a full sound. There are tasteful effects blended into an eclectic ‘Roo Pop‘ sound. A wonderful album with so much going on, it will require several listens to catch it all. Check it out for yourself, and then buy a few copies-share it with your family and friends. Christmas is coming, right?

 

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CMW 2015-Losing My Head With The JAPANESE TONGUE SISTERS

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cmw2So, I sat down with Sophie Rodgers & Tom Cecins of the Australian band Japanese Tongue Sisters, on a sun soaked patio on Queen St.W. during Canadian Music Week.

We talked about their upcoming EP release which surprisingly was recorded in Portland, Oregon. Quite a long way from Perth, Australia. It seems that JTS was impressed with producer Kris Crummett, who they had met in their former band We Are The Emergency. So, while they were vacationing in the USA, they bounced over to Portland and recorded the album. There was talk of the emergence of the JTS sound, a far cry from the punk-metal music of We Are The Emergency. Tom identified that they were more or less ‘hired guns’ in that band, and in JTS, they are the driving creative force. I asked them about a review by a Perth writer who stated that their music had a chilled vibe. Tom almost instinctively informed me that chilled vibe was Australian for ‘really fucking good’.

jts3The band uses an wide array of instruments, ideas for which arise in the writing process and in the studio. They do however, have plans to introduce a harp into their work. Now I am intrigued! JTS talks about their songs as “dressed up simple songs”, identifying them as being stripped down to basics, with layers added. Sophie adds that the inspiration for the songs come from personal events for her, while Tom is more of a storyteller.

Currently, Tom is listening to Australian singer/songwriter Sia, and Sophie, well, she has been listening to Bruno Mars. And other pop artists. And Hip Hop. Their musical interests are quite varied, with both of them agreeing that the albums they would take on a desert island would be History by Michael Jackson, Takk by Icelandic band Sigur Ros, and Bon Iver‘s Bon Iver.

jts2We talked about the Australian music scene, and I was informed that JTS have moved from Perth to Melbourne. The reason? Primarily because Perth is so very isolated. Sophie identified that many touring acts bypass Perth as it is so far away from the East coast cities. It was added that Perth does have its own thing going on, which is not surprising, I mean Perth is the home of INXS! Tom & Sophie are planning on tackling Melbourne and the East coast Australian scene head on. Playing as many gigs as they can in advance of their EP release, and continuing to evolve as songwriters.

jts1Sitting down and talking with The Japanese Tongue Sisters was definitely a Canadian Music Week highlight for me. They are delightfully laid back, and wonderfully cool people. Their music is brilliantly poignant, a rhythm & blues feel with layers of strings, piano, synthesizer, and guitar, and insanely good harmonies. It is this intricate layering of instruments that creates the signature ambient sound of The Japanese Tongue Sisters. The music is excitingly emotive. This is avant-garde ‘Roo Pop‘ at its best! I am a fan!  I am eagerly waiting for the release of the album, and in the meantime, I will continue to listen to their single “Lose My Head“.

 

 

Check out their facebook page for updates on the album release and where to see them live.    https://www.facebook.com/japanesetonguesisters

 

 

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CMW 2015-Something Completely Different

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cmw2The place to be today at Canadian Music Week is The Velvet Underground where you will find Australia’s Japanese Tongue Sisters, who go on at 8pm, and Toronto’s own The Maladies Of Adam Stokes, who take the stage at 9pm. Now this is cool!!!

 

 

 

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CANADA MUSIC WEEK 2015-What To Hear

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cmw2Canada Music Week is finally here, and we at I Can’t Believe My Earz have put together our list of must hear CMW bands. For directions to venues & set times, please check here: http://cmw.net/music/schedule/.

For Saturday May 2, catch The Nursery at The Velvet Underground, and The Red Rails at The Dakota Tavern. You might also want to catch a late, late set of GingerAle And The MonoWhales at The Horseshoe.

On Tuesday, May 5, head over to The Bovine Sex Club for Glass Ampp, and catch The Dirty Frigs at The Garrison.

The Sole Pursuit play The Bovine, and Ivory Hours are at The Gladstone Hotel. Slow Down Molasses take the stage at Parts & Labour on Wednesday.

Thursday offers Japanese Tongue Sisters  at The Velvet Underground, and Twin Lakes at The Dakota.

South Of Bloor plays The Cameron House, Elephant Stone is at the Hard Luck Bar, and Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger and Xprime take to the stage at The Horseshoe on Friday, May 8.

On Saturday, May 9, Punchline 13 plays The Hideout, and Auckland is at The Mod Club.

Our best bet: Sit tight at The Horseshoe Tavern on Friday May 8th. Performances by Twin Peaks, Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, and Xprime, make this the place to be.

Enjoy it all. Have a great week!

 

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