Young Galaxy – Backwards Love – Audio

The Montreal (Canada) based dreamwave duo of Catherine McCandless and Stephen Ramsay performing as Young Galaxy released their swansong three track single Snow Leopard yesterday.

Young Galaxy

Young Galaxy

As though sculpted from sand the compositions have a scooped granular texture of finest detail, which the further removed from the speakers takes on ever softer ambient flow in to which the mind becomes bewitched.

The approximately eighteen minutes single is available on bandcamp with my pick of the release being, perhaps appropriately, the closing track – Backwards Love.

Although this is the end of the road after a dozen years, the duo do anticipate creating music together in the future, though of different guise and performance name, as well as exploring other opportunities separately.


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Run Coyote – Night Rider – Audio

The desert-rock quartet from Toronto (Canada) of Jake Allen (Guitar), Sam Allen (Vocals / Guitar), Amanda Grant (Bass / Vocals) and Jeremy Ramos-Foley (Drums) who combine to make-up Run Coyote are planning the release of an LP in the first half-of next year.

Run Coyote - Photo by Connor Payne

Run Coyote – Photo by Connor Payne

Wandering through the back catalogue of material the listener is given to a sense of a quartet who would be at home in a dusty saloon-bar on the Chisholm Trail, as a welcoming site for a night around the campfire and reminisce of times long past.

As a very early indicator of what to expect on the forthcoming album the rock’n’roll number Night Rider surfaced a couple of days ago.


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Gnarly Horse – Dopamine – Audio

The Canadian fuzzy-rock quartet Gnarly Horse will be releasing the EP Maybe I’m Certain on the 31st.

Gnarly Horse

Gnarly Horse

A melting pot of gloopy garage meets fiery rock in the out-put which has a raw energy coated in a calming buzz  that minds of the combustion of the sun with the bright, benign appearance belieing the intense uncontrolled furnace raging therein.

The first of the four songs – Dopamine – being my pick of the release.

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Dilly Dally – Sober Motel – Audio

The Canadian grunge quartet Dilly Dally release the LP Heaven on the 14th of September.

Dilly Dally - Photograph by Michelle Homonylo

Dilly Dally – Photograph by Michelle Homonylo

Although it has been almost three years since last featured, which on this occasion is not my poor administration rather the length of time since last releasing music, immediately on hitting play on the newest track to surface from the album – Sober Motel – the instantly recognisable vocal fits like a treasured glove as the listener once again looks around on the floor expectantly searching for guitar parts which must surely have broken off and spiralled through the speakers.

Heaven (available on bandcamp) marks a welcome return to the quartet, Sober Motel is the fourth of the nine songs.

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Cursed Arrows – Near Death Daydream – Audio

The Canadian alt-folk trio Cursed Arrows release the LP Rebirth on the 10th of August.

Cursed Arrows

Cursed Arrows

Those who know the band may be scratching their heads wondering about this trio mentioned being more au fait with the duo – of Jackie and Ryan Stanley. Scott Gray has more recently joined them as a full-time fixture. Equally they will find the roughly thirty nine minutes, ten tracks, of Rebirth (available on bandcamp) of different flavour as Cursed Arrows reveal a more intimate and self-examining exposé in a mesmerising thread of songs than their more familiar forthright rock derived compositions.

This is most certainly an album that needs to be heard in its entirety to fully appreciate its stunning tender beauty and I would suggest, both those who know the band and those who don’t, to add the album to the playlist ‘moments of self-reflection’ on its release.

At present, I am only given the option of sharing a particular song – the opener Near Death Dayream – which although not, in my view the highlight of the LP as it is not of the central tenet of the release – does extract a sense of the songs to follow.

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