Yesterday’s If You Got Ears was again hosted by the wonderful Raphael Foisy for Small Scale Music, and this time he was joined by French native Émilie Mouchous, a sound artist based in Montreal who creates her own instruments. She has hosted special programs here at CKUT since 2008, collaborating with Andrea-Jane Cornell on multiple occasions. During this show she co-hosted If You Got Ears to bring Montreal some pretty cool sounds and rhythms.
Émilie Mouchous explores sound through radiophonics, homemade electronic instruments, and improvisation. She incorporates vocals, web art, formal sound, and movement into shared sound spaces. Her work is highly praised and has been featured at festivals around the world, such as BENT Festival NY, Kunstradio in Vienna, Radio LX festival de arte radio in Lisbon, and Suoni per il popolo, AKOUSMA, and Mutek here in Montreal.
Tune into If You Got Ears on Wednesdays from 12-2 pm for more!
Musical trio Caveboy, formerly known as Diamond Bones, have recently released their first EP. This self-titled work is the first release the band has made beyond a few singles. The three members, Michelle Bensimon (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Synth), Isabelle Banos (Synth, Bass, Backing Vocals) and Lana Cooney (Drums, Backing Vocals) grew up together and formed this band from their hometown of Montreal.
The album starts off very upbeat, almost dancey in tone, with especially strong base parts underlying them. Later songs take on a more haunting theme, produced though a slower pace and more heavily relying on percussion, seen especially in Love Song. The album shies away from being considered electronic music with its structured instrumentation and lyricism.
The band sites Fleetwood Mac, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs as their influences. Their musical style can also be compared to Passion Pit and Twenty-One Pilots in terms of their use of electronic beats and instrumentation. The balance Caveboy finds between a synthetic feel and a focus on lyricism creates a unique tone that marks this band as one to keep an eye on.
Recommended tracks: 1) Something Like Summer 2) Love Song 3) Home Is Where
–Review by Courtney Paolicchi
The concept of creating something natural sounding is made especially hard when progressive songwriting and virtuosic instrumental playing come into play. Progressive artists are often led down a path leading to a world of mathematical problems in place of beautiful sound and often the music loses its original purpose. What makes Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day IV special is the way in which his compositions incorporate progressive songwriting techniques while maintaining a beautiful overall sound accessible to the average listener. Songwriting ideas such as odd meter, dynamic texture, and free playing have been bathed in subtlety and are presented in a fresh, interesting way that never becomes obnoxious or excessive.