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OLD RULES-Blurred

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Another Ottawa band, Old Rules released their 6 track EP, ‘Blurred‘ in May 2014.

oldrulesThe songs are wonderful, with great melodies and dynamite harmonies. The riffs and solos are incredible, and the drumming is very cool. There are exciting effects,  I particularly like the reverb, and double track vocals, and brilliant changes. Pay particular attention to “Sprawl“, a dynamite rock track with a sweet guitar intro, and a wonderful bridge, and “Candles“, with some interesting guitar, great power chords, and unexpected vocals. Old Rules offer an insanely unique album, with melodic guitars. and wonderfully surprising changes. ‘Blurred’ carries a sense of urgency, and a feeling of angst. Call it ‘angst rock’. You can check it out here: http://oldrules.bandcamp.com/album/blurred

 

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THE EVERYWHERES-Habitualism

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Habitualism‘, the 8 track album by Halifax, Nova Scotia’s The Everywheres, was released in May, 2014. Somewhat unfortunate that I did not discover it until October!

the everywheres3The opening track, “Through Flowers“, offers some great 1960’s vocal effects. The melody & the bridge are way cool, and the guitar solo wades waist deep into surf-pop. Great first track. “End Of Time” has a great 60’s vibe, created by guitar & vocals, with dynamite reverb, cool vocal tracking, and a sweet melody. The riff and solo are wonderful. The way cool blues solo in “Courtyard Blues” highlights the great riff, amazing changes, and dynamite melody. Way cool! “Organ” has a great psych-pop feel, with cool drums, great vocals, and dynamite keys. The title track, “Habitualism“, has a somewhat faster tempo, and delivers sweet drumming, wonderful changes, and a great solo and riff. I dig everywheres2the vocal track. The melody of “California Reeling” brings the great solo, changes, and cool bridge together. There are 2 tracks that are standouts.  “Egyptian Drag” offers some of the coolest vocals I have heard, above a wonderful melody. The bass line can only be described as great, and the solo, very cool. There are great changes, and I swear I hear a flute. The song has a dynamite 1960’s psychedelic energy. The way cool psych-pop riffs and reverb of “Sacred Cow” make this dreamy 60s track come alive. There are great changes, and more great keys, with an almost John Lennon thing going on in the melody & vocals. Very cool!!

the everywheres1Pop. Psych-pop. 60s pop. Psychedelic. Dream pop. They all work. The Everywheres have delivered an album that captures the essence of the psychedelic 60s. At times I hear shades of The Mamas & The Papas doing dream pop. The vocals are wonderfully elegant, and the effects dead on. The songs are exceptionally written, filled with exciting and esoteric arrangements, creating a wonderful feeling, and a wonderful time. I could listen to this over and over again. Check ‘Habitualism’ out, and then treat yourself and download a few copies at a “name your price” offer, or purchase hard copies on cassette. Way cool!!

 

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FRACTAL REVERB-How To Overcome The Ego Mind

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fractalreverb2Fractal Reverb, from Lodi, Italy released their EP ‘How To Overcome The Ego Mind‘ in May, 2014. It includes 4 studio tracks, 3 demos, 1 live rehearsal track, and 1 unplugged song. I have no idea where the band got its name from, but its cool as anything. So is the music.

The 1st track on the album, “Spleen“, has a great base line, cool changes, nice harmonies, and some dynamite drumming. “Dystonic Wave”  has amazing vocals that appear to be double tracked, a fraxtalreverb3wonderful melody, and a way cool bass solo. The changes in tempo and musical theme make “20th January 2013”  an exceptional track. The bass line rocks, and the guitar, wonderfully melodic. The guitar riff and solo carry the melody, until vocals begin almost 4 minutes in. “Natural Sounds” has a great melody, with a wonderful riff, and a powerful rhythm section highlighted by a great bass run. There are several movements that seem to blend effortlessly, and the ending is dynamite. The melody and great vocals of “Blindfolded“, the acoustic track, are superb.  “Hidden Place“, the live rehearsal track, has great off beat drumming and great effects. There are changes in tempo and time signature that remind me of early Yes. Very cool.

 

 

 

Fractal Reverb delivers an exceptional collection of music. The songs range from 6-8 minutes long, and incorporate several musical themes. There is a Rush feel going on here, but there are elements of Yes, and King Crimson as well. This band has the ability to fractal reverb1incorporate several movements into 1 song with flawless transitions, and bring it back every time. As if playing with our emotions, they take us on a long, strange journey, and then bring us back home again. The lyrics touch on issues of ethics and humanity, and the instrumentation, while simple, is surprisingly full and complete. It is progressive-rock with an edge. Sort of progressive-grunge. Check it out. Listen, and then listen again. A wonderfully exciting album.

You can listen and download here: http://fractalreverb.bandcamp.com/album/how-to-overcome-the-ego-mind-ep

 

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MUST HAVE CANADIAN INDIE ALBUMS-May 2014

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To kickstart your summer, here are 2 great albums from exceptionally talented Canadian bands, both hailing from Ottawa…Nice to hear something good coming out of the Nation’s Capital…

 

The Red Rails-‘A Living Fiction

 

theredrailsno2The Red Rails’ A Living Fiction, offer a classic rock sound immersed in blues.  A sort of Cream meets The Black Crowes. With a 21st century edge. I like it! This is not background music. This is an album you play in its entirety. In your car. While taking a 40 minute drive down a highway. Make sure it is a highway. You cannot drive slow while listening. A serious contender for Canadian Indie Album Of The Year.

Check out the 1st single off ‘A Living Fiction’:  https://soundcloud.com/theredrails/on-the-line

 

 

 

The Superlative-‘Numero Deux

superlativeno2Numero Deux is a wonderful treat. It is a change from their first release, ‘Chester‘: It is grittier, edgier, and it has bite. There is a wonderfully full sound, with layers of instrumentation that blend together in magical, musical mayhem. And once again, the album cover is way cool. Give this a few listens, as it gets better every time. And purchase a copy. An exceptionally thrilling adventure.

http://thesuperlativeband.bandcamp.com/

 

 

 

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