Chris Kelly & Nicole Gibson is a Canadian indie-synth quintet who revealed the single Swim To You on the 20th which will be on a forthcoming EP.
Chris Kelly and Nicole Gibson – photo credit May Hunter McMartin
Today, as I type, it is a warm and bright summers day and somehow Swim To You minds me that it would be opportune to make a few calls and see who is available to head out for an alfresco party.
While easy on the ears, in Swim To You, Chris Kelly & Nicole Gibson are able to retain attention with luxurious harmonised vocal and a synth which meanders in to a piano, violin and a double bass, completed by mellowed guitar, burbling brook bass and silky percussion creating a song of many hues of colour.
An intriguing four and a twelfth minutes song (available on bandcamp) which straddles to anchors of very different construct.
A burring rock percussion and bass which gives the track impetus and gravitas is topped by a boy-band style vocal with guitar gently sewing the two together. Far from natural audiences of either party recoiling in horror I do posit – give it a few moments on your ear and whichever camp you start from – within the first half a minute or so the contrasts will not seem like an arch nemesis – rather a natural amalgam and by the end likely to be interested to discover more of the catalogue.
The Canadian garage-rock quartet The Flatliners release the three track single Mass Candescence on the 15th.
After fifteen years out and about with numerous releases and innumerable shows one could understand if The Flatliners sounded a little bored by it all – yet far from it – the newest single, as evidenced by the first song on the release – The Arousal Of Despair (available on vinyl via Dine Alone Records) – attests to a quartet who are as fresh and enthused as the day they started out.
Sure the garage may have smarter walls and a fancy roof with shinier cars in the driveway – but it is still a garage despite all that and the listener is soaked in the earthy grit of the music, not festooned by schmaltz.
It was back in 2014 that the Canadian folk-rock quintet Echo Nebraska last featured with their début EP Send The Ships, it is therefore with some pleasure to return with news of their latest (and follow-up) LP Hold Up To The Fire which was released on the 1st of June.
Echo Nebraska – photo by @njdav
Although Echo Nebraska have not been completely hidden away from sight, regularly playing live, the death of one of the trio of founding members Gunn Park has found they have remained away from the studio until now.
In recognition of their travails over the years and the respect with which they still hold Gunn, the song and title track – Hold Up The Fire, which is the fourth of the ten of the thirty seven’ish minutes of the melancholic folk rooted album – which is full of gems – too whom it was written in dedication, seems an apposite re-introduction and I merely hope that having broken the fast they feel able to reveal more music without the, understandable, four year gap for those of us spread more widely than able to catch them live.
Time to start packing away the chapter of what has been a month of admin issues with the site having fallen over for a day and a bit, with the Editors’ Choice for band of the month – not that the music has been other than an ever present daily delight – here’s to less troublesome June.
Scratch Buffalo – photo by Johanna Hung Photography