It was 8 p.m. and the sky was still spackled with rays of light from the setting sun, and a light rain signalling the arrival of spring — a time of rebirth and renewal. A renewal of sorts was taking place inside the Biltmore as well, where Vancouver based alt-rock act Limblifter was set to launch their new album Pacific Milk, their first release in nearly a decade. Read More
with The Passenger, Invisible Ray
March 19 @ The Biltmore
Real Live Recap by Emma Kansiz
with Hayden and Astral Swans
March 13 @ The Vogue
Real Live Recap by Nathan Pike
with Kensington Gore
March 14 @ Fox Cabaret
Real Live Recap by Jonathan Kew
March 13 @ Skylight Gallery
Real Live Recap by Fraser Dobbs
The spring equinox on March 20 marks the first day of our hemisphere’s ascent from ice, snow, and cold, but in Vancouver — where no snow fell nor ice appeared — it was easy to mistake the Friday the 13th Quiet City showcase for a symbol of ending hibernations. Featuring drone and experimental acts Ruhlmann & Clément, Phonal, Holy Hum, and Chicago-based Coppice, the evening hosted by the Skylight Gallery was as good an awakening as any astronomical event. Read More »
People (Psychic Handshake)
By James Olson
Prehistoric (Wiener Records)
by Max Wainwright
Lately, Vancouver’s music appreciators have noticed a renewed interest in ‘60s-tinged psychedelic and surfy garage rock. Prehistoric, the latest EP offering from Abbotsford’s MALK, is one of them. As the title may suggest, MALK’s sound is indebted to this ‘60s era of sound, now long past, and of this variety of retro revivalist albums, Prehistoric is one of the most inspired.
Best Suit (JAZ Records)
by Robert Catherall
In just a few shorts years, artful indie outfit The Cyrillic Typewriter has come a long way from traditional West Coast twee to laudable endeavours into the avant-garde. Lead by Vancouver music veteran Jason Zumpano, whose name you may recognize from Destroyer and his own Zumpano project, his work as The Cyrillic Typewriter has seen him collaborate with a revolving cast of local heavyweights on four full-length albums in as many years.
New Dimensional (Mint Records)
by Alex Lenz
If you happen to have a spare 13 minutes in your life and you’re looking to fill that time void with something strange to listen to, New Dimensional may be your perfect fit. Yes, it’s incredibly short in length, and so is each of the ten songs that comprise the album. This new sound from Energy Slime is a sucker-punch to the face of eclectic pseudo-psychedelic tracks that make you want to get really weird.
Skim Milk (Self-Released)
by Julia Lehn
Sam Davidson, a.k.a Skim Milk, provides a stark reminder that originality can be built from a wide variety of musical influences. This self-titled release offers a multi-faceted listening experience, pulling from a multitude of genres and sounds — jazz, experimental, electronic, and hip-hop — making it a treat for anyone looking to listen to something a little different and innovative.
Skim Milk’s hooks are driven by dancing clarinet lines backed by drum samples and waves of synths, giving the album a high degree of flow from track to track. Despite running a little on the long side, the record is cohesive, original, and fresh.
The Silent March (Students of Decay)
by Fraser Dobbs
Vancouver’s Amir Abbey is best understood in the painstaking devotion he takes in crafting the dense and meticulously constructed records of Secret Pyramid. His rare local performances are a fantastic look into Abbey’s world of micro-focused drone arrays and fuzzed-out ambient floods, but even these are only slight preparation for the all-encompassing blocks of sound that Secret Pyramid spends so much time constructing for recordings.