I love, love, love The New Pornographers, but it wasn’t until today that I discovered the solo recordings of keyboardist/vocalist, Kathryn Calder. (thank you dinner party download!)
Calder released her first album back in 2010. A deeply personal record, Are you my Mother? was largely born through two years of Kathryn caring for her terminally ill mother. As depressing as that sounds, don’t think of the record as a eulogy. Rather, think of it as a “statement that life is a mixed bag, and that without losing things you would never know to cherish them.”
This last October, Calder released Bright and Vivid. A solid follow-up, the record is filled with harmonic vocals and some surprisingly elaborate production. Lead single, “Who Are You?”, is one heck of a good track and Calder’s “uniquely angelic voice” really shine. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and familiarize yourself with Kathryn.
♪ Kathryn Calder – Who Are You? (from Bright and Vivid)
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Stumbled upon this the other night and it’s been on constant repeat since. You can check out my favorite track below, but you’re better off heading straight over to his bandcamp page and grabbing the entire EP (it’s free, btw). The good people over at Crack In The Road put it best — “This kid is fifteen. Wow, doesn’t that make you feel old? Straight out of Toronto, Ryan Dela Cruz aka Hollow Pigeons is creating some of the finest chillout music around at the moment. New EP, Birthdays is an eclectic mix of borrowed samples and blissed out melodies, forming a release that leaves a craving for repeated listens…”
♪ Hollow Pigeons – You(th)