Baba— Nightmares On Wax, “Tell My Vision”
It is the beat, it is the depth and breath of the lyrics, and no nightmares here, just what’s real….
Orest Soltykevych— Nicholas McCarthy, “Frederic Chopin / Leopold Godowsky: Etude Op 10/3 “Tristesse””
Nicholas McCarthy is a British pianist who was born without a right hand. But he ended up as the first left-hand-only pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music in London in its 130-year history.
Three years ago (in 2015), McCarthy released his debut album, which consists of piano pieces for the left hand only.
Here’s an etude (study) written by Frederic Chopin , and transcribed for left-hand piano by the Polish-American virtuoso pianist and composer Leopold Godowsky. He wrote a total of 53 arrangements of Chopin’s études, and 22 of them were written for left hand only.
This piece is from McCarthy’s debut CD called “Solo” from 2015.
Tery David Mulligan— Jim Cuddy Band, “Constellations”
When a song is this well written, with so much emotion infused into the lyrics and delivery AND it’s written by, lived by and sung by Jim Cuddy it’s a slam dunk.
From his just released 4th solo album Constellation. (The song is plural)
As Jim said in our interview “I wanted to get this right because I’m going to singing this song for a long time”
It’s in memory of a friend lost to Cancer. Classic Cuddy.
Mark Antonelli— Seong-Jin Cho, piano, “Reflets dans l’eau by Claude Debussy”
Debussy’s piano music has always blown me away. It seems to exist in more dimensions than should be humanly possible. Reflets dans l’eau (“Reflections in the Water”) was one of the first of his pieces I really got into. If an Impressionist painting by an artist like Monet was somehow magically transformed into a piece of music it would be Debussy’s Reflets dans l’eau. Seong-Jin Cho is an amazingly talented young pianist from South Korea. Best listened to with headphones!
Amy van Keeken— Mauno, “Anything Anymore”
I saw this Nova Scotia based band last weekend, opening for Chad Van Gaalen in Edmonton and they blew me away with their tight intricate songs. Bassist Eliza Niemi especially captivated my ears with her gorgeous backup vocals and stellar bass lines. In this track she takes over lead vocal duties and does so impeccably. I’ve always been a fan of singer/guitarist Nick Everett’s songs and in this project with drummer Adam White, bassist Eliza Niemi and fellow guitar player Scott Boudreau the songs have become more complex, intricate but also seemingly more simple like an arrow to the heart. ps. the band name is pronounced Mau-No
Tony King— Khruangbin, “Como Me Quieres”
The concept of this band born in a barn…literally, they recorded their debut album in a bucolic oasis just outside of Houston – is to melt down barriers between cultures and styles of music. Idealistic in our 21st century world characterized by protectionist tenancies, but with a name that translates from the Thai meaning “airplane” and a groove laden sound, the world is their playground!
Grant Stovel— Raleigh, “Smoke in Our Eyes”
Longtime local favourites in the Calgary scene, eclectic popsters Raleigh are bound to turn a lot of heads with their inspired new release, “Powerhouse Bloom” — it’s just bursting with creative energy.
And the icing on the cake? They’ll be part of the dynamite roster at this year’s hometown Block Heater Music Festival in mid-February.