Partner, on tour – World Tour!

Partner, on tour – World Tour!

January 16, 2018 | Posted in: Artists, Blog, News, Partner 0

Partner are going on tour – a world tour! or parts of it! Western Canada, around the Great Lakes of North America, the UK and Europe!

“jaw-droppingly awesome” – TimeOut Philadelphia
“funny as hell, with a genuine back-and-forth chemistry” – Noisey
“the celebratory, liberating sound of no longer having to feel ashamed about who you are” – Pitchfork

PARTNER LIVE:
01/17 – The Slice, Lethbridge, AB ^
01/18 – Revival Room, Regina, SK ^
01/19 – Amigo’s, Saskatoon, SK ^
01/20 – The Rec Room, Edmonton, AB ^
01/21 – Big Winter Classic, Calgary, AB
01/25 – MOTR, Cincinnati, OH
01/26 – Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
01/27 – Founders, Grand Rapids, MI
02/02 – This Ain’t Hollywood, Hamilton, ON
02/10 – Hillside Inside, Guelph, ON
02/17 – Lupercalia 2018, Owen Sound, ON
03/12-17 – SXSW, Austin, TX
03/22-25 – Treefort Music Festival, Boise, ID
05/05 – Live At Leeds, Leeds, UK
05/06 – Machynlleth Comedy Festival, Machynlleth, UK
05/11 – Focus Wales, Wrexham, UK
05/17-19 – The Great Escape, Brighton, UK
….and more to come

^ w. Duchess Says

Partner – In Search Of Lost Time is available now:
LP/CD: http://bit.ly/2AroXPK
Digital: http://bit.ly/2A7rLhT
Stream: http://spoti.fi/2weftAw

New Release: Nap Eyes – I’m Bad Now

New Release: Nap Eyes – I’m Bad Now

January 10, 2018 | Posted in: Artists, Blog, Nap Eyes 0

Nap Eyes return with their third full length album on March 9th, 2018.

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Every Time The Feeling lyric video:

In one inconceivably complex cosmos, whenever a creature was faced with several possible courses of action, it took them all, thereby creating many distinct temporal dimensions and distinct histories of the cosmos. Since in every evolutionary sequence of the cosmos there were very many creatures, and each was constantly faced with many possible courses, and the combination of all their courses were innumerable, an infinity of distinct universes exfoliated from every moment of every temporal sequence in this cosmos.

― Olaf Stapledon, Star Maker (1937)

The concept of the multiverse—the theoretical existence of infinite universes parallel to or interpenetrating our own—exists as a ripe conceit in fiction as well as physics, with Jorge Luis Borges’s 1941 story “The Garden of Forking Paths” perhaps the most famous literary contemplation. But British philosopher Olaf Stapledon’s description in his 1937 novel Star Maker is earlier and weirder, with its tactile, slightly foul, and rather terrifying description of universes “exfoliating,” like some kind of cosmic dandruff, from every critter’s every potential course of action. These convoluted circumstances are encountered by Stapledon’s first-person narrator, a human being whose disembodied “cosmical mind” roves unmoored through eternally expanding spatiotemporal scales, like some kind of cosmological detective searching for origins and eventualities.

Outside of science fiction—IRL—we rarely find those answers, or even those inquiries. They don’t usually arrive in digestible pop song or meme form. So the ambitious, allusive new album by the Canadian band Nap Eyes is an anomaly. These songs position the band’s enigmatic songwriter Nigel Chapman as a Stapledonian “cosmical mind,” an existential detective who interrogates social, psychological, and spiritual milieus for clues about the elusive nature of knowledge. In this role, the song-persona, if not the songwriter, resembles a monkish, beatifically stoned Columbo, vigilantly squinty-eyed in his metaphysical quest for self-understanding, despite ostensible bumbling on the physical plane.

I’m Bad Now, the most transparent and personal Nap Eyes album to date, constitutes the third chapter of an implicit, informal trilogy that includes Whine of the Mystic (2015) and Thought Rock Fish Scale (2016). The brilliantly reductive title is something I’ve heard my four-year-old son and his friends announce verbatim when roleplaying the perennial game of heroes and villains, “good guys” and “bad guys.” “I’m bad now,” he declares, but an equivocal binary is implied: it’s only a matter of time or trading places before he (or anyone) has the capacity for good again. Perhaps goodness will manifest in the multiverse, on a different circuit than this faulty, frayed one. Is that faith or fantasy? And what is the difference? The title is also, of course, a sly Michael Jackson appropriation.

While Nigel composes Nap Eyes songs in their inchoate form at home in Halifax, Brad Loughead (lead guitar), Josh Salter (bass), and Seamus Dalton (drums), who live a twelve-hour drive away in Montreal, augment and arrange them, transubstantiating his skeletal, ruminative wafers into discourses that aim to transcend what Nigel, in the song “Dull Me Line,” self-laceratingly deems “bored and lazy disappointment art.” The band provides ballast and bowsprit to Nigel’s cosmical mind. The nautical metaphor is not just whimsy: Nap Eyes are all Nova Scotians by raising and temperament, acclimated to life on an Atlantic peninsula linked narrowly to the rest of North America (“Follow Me Down,” with its “broad cove” and bay, and “Boats Appear,” with its “steam trails rising from the sea,” both offer an evocative sense of place for these otherwise mental mysteries.) Brad is a physical guitarist whose lyrical grace is matched only by the dark ferocity of his feedback-laced solos. Salter and Dalton exercise an unassuming mind-meld melodicism and vigor, and their gentle thrumming lends a new sonic clarity, depth, and range to match the effortless melodies and extraordinary writing. One couplet herein suggests the exalted life-force of rhythm in the estimation of Nap Eyes: “Hearing the bass as you enter your teens/Exit your life recollecting universal themes.”

The technology of these songs, bass frequencies aside, is essentially catechismal, taking the form of questions and answers posed to assert faith, or to defend doubt. Selected quatrains can tell the tale. The lyrics traffic in second-person address, but the “you” is often Nigel himself, a gaze inward and not, as in the “you” of most romantic pop songs, directed outward to others. The self-interrogation of album opener “Every Time the Feeling” arrives with a subdominant chord and a subdominant attitude, only switching to the first person in the (repeated) final verse, for this devastating admission:

Oh I can’t tell what’s worse:
The meaninglessness or the negative meaning
But I figured out a way
To get on with my life and to keep on dreaming

“I’m Bad,” the almost-title track that deletes the temporal anchor of “now,” switches back to the second person self-address in a country-rock inclined tune that is stylistically different than anything the band has attempted, as well as mockingly self-flagellating. “You’re so dumb,” Nigel sings to himself, diagnosing his delusions. Each persona and decision, bad or good, multiplies futures in a recursive multi-mirror funhouse, and the album follows a slow arc toward self-acceptance, and maybe more: ambivalence begets paralysis; paralysis begets self-reproach; self-reproach begets acceptance; acceptance begets joy; joy begets ambivalence. “If there’s a right road, would you/Kindly show me?” he asks in the churning, static-electric “Judgment.” And then:

Think of every single moment in time
That would have faded from your mind
If not for the rewiring process
The synaptic protein fold caress

So choice is an illusion, memory a precarious neuroelectrochemical process, science and religion the two imperfect prongs of a crooked dowsing rod. The Socratic dialogues of “Sage” and “White Disciple” paint opposing philosophical portraits: “the doubtful sage” hopes, with humility, to vanquish “the damp, heavy disappointment of the wasted day,” whereas “White Disciple” pits a would-be novitiate against the dogma professed by a spurious, possibly sinister, guru. A half-baked application of the scientific method similarly fails to manifest the mutant truth, as the dream of “Boats Appear” reports:

It didn’t work when I fed the cells
Such a high ligand dose
Too strong, it masked the effect
The mutant wouldn’t even show

Solipsism may at times seem to be Nap Eyes’ primary investigative mode, but some of the loveliest moments involve rare glimpses of connection, anxious invitations to alien others. The galloping rhythmic rush of “Roses” locates an external “you” that remains a mirrored embrace: “People look for their reflections/Everywhere in everyone/Some like a soft glow, some a little sharper depiction.” “You Like to Joke Around with Me” offers such a sharper depiction in the form of a self-portrait:

In the background of a silent city
A hard-pressed individual scolds
Himself for entertaining self-pity
While a nightingale’s cool voice rolls

And yet our hard-pressed hero is redeemed by friendship: “Last night, my friends surprised me/With gestures of kindness I’d never expect,” catalyzing a minor revelation: “Tuning yourself/To catch another’s wavelength/Sure can make a difference/In this world.” The band itself is tuned to the wavelength of succinctly stinging, guitar-centric rock and roll—in other words, and by today’s genre standards, folk music. The indelible melodic clarity of the instrumentation, coupled with the calm, lucid inquisitiveness of Nigel’s voice elevate certain verses, like this one from “Follow Me Down,” to the heights of everyday poetry:

I went out walking with my headphones on
Classical Indian raga twenty minutes long
Then I listened to old American folk song
A little bit shorter, still a lot going on

Ultimately, nature (a nightingale’s song) and distance (walking alone in the cold) provide the potential of peace, an escape from the anxious tyranny of the self, as in the rousing finale of “Sage”:

Maybe far away
The night is beautiful and rustic and grey
The rain is rustic, the fields and pastures
Are a deep dark grey

We are very many creatures, with innumerable possible courses to explore. So let fly the cosmical mind into the gray night, dear listener. But don’t take my word for it. Again, Star Maker illuminates: “Barren, barren and trivial are these words. But not barren the experience.”

-Brendan Greaves

 

I’m Bad Now:
Every Time The Feeling
I’m Bad
Judgement
Roses
Follow Me Down
You Like To Joke Around With Me
Dull Me Line
Sage
Hearing The Bass
White Disciple
Boats Appear*
*Digital/CD versions only

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Daniel Romano / Ancient Shapes Tour Canada

Daniel Romano / Ancient Shapes Tour Canada

January 9, 2018 | Posted in: Ancient Shapes, Blog, Daniel Romano 0

Nerveless coverHuman Touch cover

Daniel Romano’s Tournée Infinite continues in the early dim moments of 2018 with a potent swing through Western Canada. To mark the occasion and brighten the days he’s released two albums from the vault, two projects, unique, individual, paired. Human Touch is based in the acoustic folk and country, beloved and adored. Nerveless is perfect pop for now people. Both are available only for the duration of the tour, exclusively through Bandcamp: https://youvechangedrecords.bandcamp.com/

Forever and Back: Daniel Romano tours Western Canada, reverses, and recrosses the country as ANCIENT SHAPES

DANIEL ROMANO & JAZZ POLICE
Jan 10 at The Good Will, Winnipeg, MB
Jan 11 at Amigos, Saskatoon, SK
Jan 12 at The Aviary, Edmonton, AB
Jan 13 at Gerry Thomas Gallery, Calgary, AB
Jan 18 at Gerry Thomas Gallery, Calgary, AB
Jan 20 at The Cobalt, Vancouver, BC
Jan 21 at The Upstairs Cabaret, Victoria, BC

ANCIENT SHAPES
Jan 24 at The Lido, Vancouver, BC
Jan 25 at Fernando’s, Kelowna, BC
Jan 26 at Empress Ale House, Edmonton, AB
Jan 27 at Night Owl, Calgary, AB
Jan 28 at The Slice, Lethbridge, AB
Jan 31 at Amigos, Saskatoon, SK
Feb 1 at Mercury Cafe, Regina, SK
Feb 3 at The Handsome Daughter, Winnipeg
Feb 4 at Falcon Ridge, Falcon Lake, MB
Feb 6 at The Working Class Bar, Timins, ON
Feb 7 at The Townehouse Tavern, Sudbury, ON
Feb 8 at Megaphono, Hull, QC
Feb 10 at  Call The Office, London, ON
Feb 11 at Smiling Buddha, Toronto, ON

 

 

Music Video: Daniel Romano – “Fake Love Songs”

Music Video: Daniel Romano – “Fake Love Songs”

November 6, 2017 | Posted in: Blog 0

In the deepening, darkening days of autumn, Daniel Roman wants to bring you back to summery days and warm nights. Filmed during Sappyfest 12 in Sackville, NB, Fake Love Songs was directed by Cotey Pope and features the rolling skating talents of Kay Berkel. Fake Love Songs appears as an unlisted track on all formats of Daniel Romano – Modern Pressure (YC-032).

Catch Daniel Romano and Jazz Police (#jazzpolice) on tour of western Canada this winter.

01/10 Winnipeg, MB – Goodwill Social Club
01/11 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina
01/12 Edmonton, AB – The Needle Vinyl Tavern
01/13 Calgary, AB – Big Winter Classic
01/18 Calgary, AB – Big Winter Classic
01/20 Vancouver BC – The Cobalt

Watch the ‘Fake Love Songs’ video below.

Music Video: Partner – ‘Play The Field’

Music Video: Partner – ‘Play The Field’

July 31, 2017 | Posted in: Partner, YCTV 0

Stereogum has premiered Partner’s new single with a music video directed by Lesley Marshall. Watch the video below or click here to see the whole feature, including an interview with Lucy and Josée!

Josée on Play The Field:
“This song is based on a true story of when I (Josée) was in grade eight. My friends were really good at sports but I definitely was not; I was eager to belong. I gathered all my courage and tried out for my school basketball team. Somehow I made it past tryouts and onto the single ‘A’ team. I was so happy to just be on a team, it didn’t matter that I would only score one basket all season, or that I would score on my own team.

Lucy and I try to channel that blissful state in this song, which could be described as an effort to reclaim some of our dignity by surrendering to our true talents. It’s about admiring, romanticizing, and desiring the dignified excellence that seems to come along with being good at sports, knowing it’s something you will never truly experience but not really minding because you’re stoked that you get to hang out with your crush at practice.”

Pre-order In Search Of Lost Time:
https://youvechangedrecords.com/shop/
https://youvechangedrecords.bandcamp.com/
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/partner

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