Six Shooter Records loves songwriters. The label is the proud home to artists who brave the darkness alone, who offer haunting artifacts of their solitary takes on life’s big ideas and minute details. Alberta singer-songwriter Joe Nolan now joins the likes of Martin Tielli, Amelia Curran and others on Six Shooter’s roster as an artist who mines the melancholic and mournful.
Joe Nolan is a rising star on the roots/folk scene. His debut, self-released album Goodbye Cinderella, netted a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best/New Emerging Artist in 2011. The album showcased his vapourous, shivering vocals and wise-beyond-his-years lyrical insight, introduced Joe’s graceful yet commanding presence.
The man of “cigarettes and sad songs” (Edmonton Journal) went to Nashville for the follow-up recording, and worked with ex-pat producer Colin Linden. The result, an album titled Tornado, will be released in January, 2014 on Six Shooter Records. Watch an album preview here:
Joe returns to Music City to perform at the Americana Music Conference and Festival, then it’s back to Calgary for multiple Breakout West shows and over to Scandinavia for tour dates in Sweden and Norway. 2014 Canadian album release tour dates will be announced later this fall.
NASHVILLE, TN: Americana Music Festival, The Basement, September 19
CALGARY, AB: Breakout West, October 4-5
Here’s the complete collection of Amelia Curran lyric postcards.
Find them at a merch table wherever/whenever Amelia plays.
This week’s lyric postcard brings us back to the days of Amelia’s Curran’s Six Shooter debut, the album War Brides. The song “Everything I’ve Got To Give,” is a real stunner, and we’ve heard Amelia describe it as the closest thing to a country duet she’s ever written.
Amelia Curran’s song “Blackbird On Fire” is our second pick for the lyric postcard series. It’ll cost you but a few nickels to put a stamp on this beauty and send it on its way.
If it’s difficult to describe the method and madness of Nick Buzz, it’s even harder to classify Martin Tielli’s new video for “The Hens Lay Every Day.” Part Monty Python, part American Gothic dance party, all Tielli, the new video is a perfect match for the song’s delirious, off-kilter sensibility.
See the eggstravagantly ballsy new video here
Nick Buzz returns with a new album, A Quiet Evening At Home, out today on Six Shooter Records.
Amelia Curran writes lyrics that come to exist beyond her songs, for their insight, humour and deeply poetic worldview. And so, we decided to pick a few of our favourites and have them made into postcards, real postcards, that we encourage you to send by mail to someone who needs to hear from you.
Here’s the first one of the series, designed by fellow Newfoundlander Jud Haynes. Each card comes with free download of the song featured, and they’ll be available at merch tables wherever Amelia performs.
Click here for tour dates.
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Leave your map and lose your bearings in the swirling sonic forest of The Deep Dark Woods. The band returns from the wilderness with Jubilee, a celebration of community, camaraderie and feverish cabin creativity. With Jubilee, The Deep Dark Woods revel in the jangly, freewheeling days of psychedelic and electric folk while keeping their compass aligned with the magnetic, hypnotic north.
Made in a cabin in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains near Bragg Creek, Alberta, Jubilee journeys through folk and rock history, from California to the UK, from the 1970s to the present day. The album nods to genre pioneers such as The Byrds and Fairport Convention before heading into altogether new territory of soundscapes that bend and fluctuate underfoot. Jubilee moves the yardstick with its rolling layers of specialized keys, organs and analog rarities (e.g., novachord, celesta, vibraphone, and more) first used in the early days of psychedelic synth experimentation, and the results sound at once in and out of modern time. Jubilee was produced by Laurel Canyon-based folk revivalist Jonathan Wilson. See a preview for Jubilee here:
The Deep Dark Woods are Ryan Boldt, Chris Mason, Lucas Goetz, Geoff Hilhorst and
newcomer Clayton Linthicum. www.thedeepdarkwoods.com
Who or what is Nick Buzz? Comprised of exceptionally talented musical eccentrics, Nick Buzz has built a cult following with their dark artistic vision and avant-garde cabaret music. The band name references the fleeting euphoria of a nicotine fix, and the shimmering orchestral music creates a similarly reverberating rush.
A Quiet Evening At Home opens with the agri-stentialist home truth of “The Hens Lay Everyday,” set against uneasy electronic punctuation. The song reminds us of a now quaint vision of the future – you’ll wonder what happened to all those robots we were promised. The LCD Soundsystem-esque spoken-word oddity tilts the album title disconcertingly – home may be a place of creatures rather than comforts.
Nick Buzz does delicate beauty as deftly as they do the noir and sinister. Songs like “This Is Not My World,” and “If You Go Away” (recorded live at Glenn Gould Studio), are sparse, theatric and gracefully forlorn. The record also includes “The House With The Laughing Windows,” originally found on the four-part Martin Tielli subscription series.
A Quiet Evening At Home has everything from off-kilter staccatos, swirling nightmarish layers of flickering beeps and dizzying sweeps of orchestral strings, peculiar lyrics and moments of pure blissful melody and poetry. The album is dissonant and challenging, but also incredible precise, subtle and striking.
Six Shooter Records releases A Quiet Evening At Home on August 20, 2013.
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