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Khingfisher – Khingfisher

Khingfisher - Khingfisher
Traditional-sounding folk isn’t usually my thing these days, but Vancouver songwriter Khingfisher‘s acoustic tunes sound convincingly timeless without resorting to retro gimmickry.

Khingfisher is Craig Alan Mechler, who plays in Hallow Moon. I wrote about Khingfisher for Exclaim! and reviewed Hallow Moon in the Georgia Straight.


 
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Cool – Paint

Cool - Paint
Apollo Ghosts are dead! Long live Cool! I wrote about the band’s debut album, Paint, for Exclaim!, and it’s available to listen to below.

Fonkay!


 
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Dralms – Crushed Pleats

Dralms
I reviewed Dralms‘ two-song mini-EP Crushed Pleats this week for the Georgia Straight. I also covered them briefly in a past concert review.

The atmospherically rocking Vancouver band is fronted by Christopher Smith.


 
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Role Mach – Travels in the Interior Districts

Role Mach - Travels in the Interior Districts
Gal Gracen‘s Blue Hearts in Exile was one of the best Vancouver releases of 2013, and now frontman Patrick Geraghty’s long-running band Role Mach have unveiled an EP.

As I wrote about for Exclaim!, Travels in the Interior Districts is out in March. My favourite tracks are the reverb-swathed ballads, which sound a bit like Gal Gracen. Closing cut “Shanklin Down” is particularly brilliant.


 
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Brothers Fjord – Brothers Fjord

Brothers Fjord
Vancouver songwriter Robbie Nall released an album under his own name last year, but he’s since followed it up a poppy art-rock EP with his band Brothers Fjord. The self-titled collection was recorded with local production legends JC/DC, so it obviously sound amazing.


 
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Nicholas Krgovich – Who Cares?

Nicholas Krgovich - Who Cares?
I have little interest in acoustic singer-songwriter music these days, but the new solo LP from Vancouver’s Nicholas Krgovich is an exception. Who Cares? is a beautiful collection of quiet ballads that fall somewhere between rootsy folk and vintage, Rat Pack-era pop.

I reviewed the album for the Georgia Straight. Hear it below.


 
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Squints Palledorous – The Great Bambino

Squints Palledorous - The Great Bambino
One of my favourite Vancouver songwriters has finally given some of his fantastic digital albums a physical release, as Chris van der Laan (of Wars, Heavy Steps, Too High Crew and Slim Fathers) released a bunch of cassettes through his Boat Dreams from the Hill label. Buy them here.

In addition to issuing his own albums, he put out one for local electronic songwriter Squints Palledorous called The Great Bambino. Read my review in the Georgia Straight and hear the album below.


 
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Cult Babies – Cult Babies

Cult Babies
The members of Cult Babies used to play in Bleating Hearts, but now they make songs that are far more psychedelically fuzzy and reverb-soaked. They just released a self-titled six-track tape, which is available to stream below.


 
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Dirty Beaches – Hotel

Dirty Beaches - Hotel
I mentioned before that I’m a huge fan of the instrumental dirges found on Dirty Beaches‘ album Love Is the Devil. I’m also enjoying his new Hotel EP, a short collection of piano pieces that was originally released as a bonus disc in Japan. It’s got four tracks, which can be purchased for $5 or streamed for free below.

While we’re on the subject of Dirty Beaches, I should mention that his large discography can be streamed in full from Bandcamp.


 
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Hermetic – Heartbreakology

Hermetic
I reviewed a few albums for the Georgia Straight this week. This includes punky local pop band Hermetic‘s new Heartbreakology cassette EP.

Stream the six-song collection below.


 
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