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Juliana’s Daughter – Time + Space

Here’s some breezy indie pop to match the weather from Toronto’s Juliana’s Daughter (aka Janice Kwan). “Time + Space” contains a sweetness reminiscent of Ingrid Michaelson and is the highlight from her new EP Lions + Tigers + Bears. Hear more and purchase the EP here.

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Church – Either Or (Album Review)

Toronto's Church

Natives to Southern Ontario, Church released their first full-length album Either Or late last year. The album bounces back and forth between genres, tapping into early punk rock, modern indie, and everything in between.

The first half of the album lulls the listener into a state of punk serenity. The raw recording almost sounds like a live recording captured in a bar, producing a cool and unique sound similar to underground bands from the punk revolution. Not surprisingly, the band claims the album was recorded in a garage and a bathroom. They didn’t focus on perfecting their recordings, and that’s all part of their charm. As such, Either Or is the perfect kind of album to see live.

The combination of female vocalist Marta Cikojevic and male vocalist Ryan Brownrigg rocks the album back and forth, with the desperation in Cikojevic’s voice contrasting with the powerful but steady voice of Brownrigg. Through this, they achieve a perfect emotional balance in their vocals.

The first highlight of the album is “Brittle and Bare”. In it, the purity of Cikojevic’s voice is on display, with a rhythm section that gives the listener the urge to pull out their lighter and wave it in the air. With some of the strongest lyrics of the album, this song shows the softer side of Church, and makes the listener fall in love with the band:

And then comes “Pissed Jeans”. This song spins the album 180° in a switch to powerful punk rock that demonstrates why Church isn’t just another generic Toronto indie band. The pounding drums in “Pissed Jeans” hit the listener at full force, while the howling vocals from Cikojevic echo amongst the instruments. The fast-paced, high energy song is less than two minutes long, but it’s one hell of a ride:

Although their first album (as a complete group) is only eight songs, Either Or demonstrates how Church can weave their music through several genres, giving their music its own unique feeling of punk rock audacity and soothing harmony.

-Micheal Vipond
Katuwapitiya.com Contributor

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Carter Behnke – Time to Go EP (Album Review)

Montreal's Carter Behnke

Montreal folk artist Carter Behnke‘s debut EP Time to Go takes the listener on a musical journey through the peaceful gloom of a summer storm, evoking both hope and pain. He achieves this by combining a modern folk sound with pure guitar prowess, weaving intricate guitar melodies amongst a range of vocal harmonies. This technique gives the album depth that will leave listeners spellbound. If you like Mumford & Sons or The Black Crowes, Carter Behnke’s sound should appeal to you.

Recorded in his friend’s basement, Time to Go has a raw feeling. This is nowhere more apparent than on “Lighthouse”. The scratching sound of guitar strings, combined with background static, gives the song a feeling of unrefined emotion. This is echoed throughout the album. This sensation is capped by Behnke aggressively shouting the final line of the song before fading into a haze of vocal harmonies.

“Broken Words” is the gem of the EP. With passionate lyrics that build to a climactic and pounding blues-influenced guitar rhythm, Behnke demonstrates his ability to captivate solely with his guitar. His lyrics perfectly capture the essence of the musical journey present on the album, stating in the chorus “I dont know where it is I’m going, but I know I don’t wanna be found.”

Behnke bookends the album with an intro and outro that solely display his strength on acoustic guitar. With his intricate finger-picking style and his use of percussive techniques, it’s hard not to be mesmerized. Behnke uses the outro to express every feeling that he did not get a chance to in the previous songs, resulting in three and a half minutes of pure amazement for listeners. It’s an incredible ride that we recommend you take. You can download the EP for free on his Tumblr. Learn the name because Carter Behnke is a talent to watch out for.

-Micheal Vipond
Katuwapitiya.com Contributor

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