New Music: Brent Mason’s ‘High Water Mark’ Might Be His Best And Most Controversial Album

The painterly and textural artwork of Brent Mason’s new album High Water Mark looks like it could be the cover of a modal jazz re-release or the opening image to the latest cello suites by Yo-Yo Ma. However, it is inarguably a grassroots work of Maritime folk. The elegant and abstract wash of deep blues and greens sets the emotional queue for the album and the colour and feel of the music itself. It is a laid back and mellowed effort that genre hops with a gentle effortlessness, subtly bridging east coast fiddle music, country, bluegrass, rock, blues and, of course, folk sensibilities. Moving between upbeat head-shakers, ballads and slow-movers with ease, the tracks flow in and out between themselves almost seamlessly. It is clearly the thoughtful and intentional work of a musician who has matured in their efforts. With ten albums behind Brent Mason, one would hope to find nothing less. Continue reading New Music: Brent Mason’s ‘High Water Mark’ Might Be His Best And Most Controversial Album

New Brunswick Musicians Rally To Support Living Roots Fundraiser

Fredericton-based festival Living Roots has spent the last three years promoting local bands, often putting on shows at Grimross Brewing Co. and, of course, throwing their annual festival in late May. Nobody ever said making a living from music was easy, though, and now musicians from around Fredericton and across the province are turning out to support the festival with a fundraiser. Continue reading New Brunswick Musicians Rally To Support Living Roots Fundraiser

Erin Costelo Partners With Amelia Curran To Produce Studio Documentary

Erin Costelo, the award-winning singer, songwriter and performer who recently made history by being the first woman to take home the 2017 Music Nova Scotia award for Producer of the Year, is setting out to make an album. She’s going to record an album of original material, she’s going to do it in a unique timbre-frame house in rural Nova Scotia, and she’s going to complete it all in just ten days. Because that’s not pressure enough, Juno award-winner Amelia Curran is going to produce a studio documentary about the whole process. Understandably, she wouldn’t mind a little help. Continue reading Erin Costelo Partners With Amelia Curran To Produce Studio Documentary

New Music: AFTRR Debuts Self-Titled First Album As Halifax’s Newest Death-Metal Band

Nova Scotia has yet another strong player in the east coast metal scene. New to the community that has already produced the likes of Orchid’s Curse, Last Call Chernobyl and Black Moor, Halifax’s AFTRR is a relatively unknown entity whose self-titled first album will attract many ears with a daunting style of blackened death metal. Continue reading New Music: AFTRR Debuts Self-Titled First Album As Halifax’s Newest Death-Metal Band

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