Spotlighting three new releases from New Brunswick artists. This week we look at new music Nicotine Heartthrob (Moncton), sweetgoose64 (Saint John) and Denmother (Fredericton).
Nicotine Heartthrobe – self titled (independent)
Moncton trio Nicotine Heartthrob’s self-titled debut is a serious statement of intent. These six tracks, recorded and mixed by Zaum’s Kyle McDonald, showcase the group’s complete command of the three-piece configuration with each instrument occupying its own complimentary space in the mix. Great interplay between guitar and bass melodies. The vocals strong and the drums solid. Highly recommended.
sweetgoose64 – 64os (independent)
Here’s another debut that confidently holds it own. Self-described as “music for the MS Paint artist”, 64os by sweetgoose64 (Shawn Goff and Zoe Ritchie) is a ten track exploration of emotion and texture, a trip through the far reaches of electronic composition and most importantly, a fun listen. Lots of variety in tempo and tones and occasional vocal passages carry this release past many of the common pitfalls often associated with debut recordings. Nice work everyone.
Denmother – Past Life (Patient Records)
DenMother (aka Sabarah Pilon) makes her Patient Records full-length debut with Past Life, an eight track collection that finds Pilon continuing to explore the possibilities of electronic music while pushing her own creative strength in new directions. With an impressive catalogue spanning nearly a decade of creative output, Past Life offers some of Denmother’s strongest material to date. Each track feels concise and polished, with simple sparse arrangements leaving plenty of room for moods to develop and tones to evolve. There’s a lot happening here.
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