PACANOMAD, RESTLESS EP: A SYNONYM FOR SOUL REVIVAL, NOT A DISABIGUASHION

5 Nov

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Pacanomad, is a London – Ontario based soul and r&b band, which is spiced with a slight indie aesthetics and seasoned with Zeppelin-era rock/blues guitar stylings. If you are an unclothe millennial such as myself, it is likely you have been straying clear of ‘soul’ music, possibly because the last ‘soul’ artist you heard was Ne-Yo, which simply was not good for your blood pressure.  Thankfully, Pacanomad and their semi recent EP, Restless, draw associate themselves with a far more credible source. To transcribe their overall sound into a sentence, this an act that revive the subtle sentiments of a time period defined by sharp looking hats, strong drinks and with a proportionate contrast of unbridled attitude.

 

This five track gem, kicks off with ‘Heaven Can Wait’, a cheeky love song,  defined by snazzy baselines and femme fatale vocals. Any modern escapists with half an imagination be able to smell a smoke filled bar lounge and neat whiskey by the end of this track. This is the very cool thing about Restless, it has very authentic sound that sound; If a complete stranger told me Pacanomad opened for Janis Joplin, I would deem it believable. To get it out of the way, the skeleton that holds this album together is the emotional and talented vocal delivery of Chantel Revard. The tracks ‘Tell Me Not To Doubt’, ‘I Lost You’, ‘Till It’s Mine’ and ‘Restless’ she does a remarkable job teetering the line between projecting longing and lust. However, the band’s bohemian seduction stylings  due owe much credit to the rest of the band. The bassist Dave Bell, manages to play some intimately comforting blues lick, particularly on ‘Tell Me Not To Doubt’ and ‘Till It’s Mine’. It is resonates especially well with the downright suave and flirty  guitar bits of Nick Cifaldi, particularly on ‘Restless’. To complete the metaphor, it seems reasonable to say that Zack Stewart, the drummer, is best described as gentle, but full of stamina.

While this EP is full of potential and has excellent production, it is not without room for improvement. During the first few play troughs it is painfully clear that there is a lack of a certain hook. No song was immediately captivating, nor was any set of lyrics particularly thematically different that those that came before it.  Frankly speaking, I think all of the songs are good (Till It’s Mine,  Restless being my personal favorites), but that is a conclusion I arrived at after 15+ listens. Any ad hominem accusations regarding this conclusion likely hold some truth, due to my comparable inexperience with the genre. However, that was my experience.
That aside, I think Pacanomad likely has great stage presence and I would see them live. Thankfully, the London, Ontario rockers don’t live far from me and I will be keeping an open eye for their future releases. In the meantime you can download Restless from their Bandcamp for 5 measly dollars, which as a genre outsider, I would say is very well worth it.

3.9/5
Check out Pacanomad!
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Pacanomad
Until It’s Mine music video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO7boAicJ1w
Bandcamp
http://pacanomad.bandcamp.com/

Author: Alex Slakva

Full Commitment: Bahamas is Afie reviewed

4 Sep
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Afie Jurvanen, aka Bahamas.

Though Afie Jurvanen was born into the cold climate of Toronto, ON, the songs he performs under his appropriately-titled musical alias of Bahamas project an easy breeze of warmth. You may already be familiar with Bahamas from his past albums Pink Strat (2009) and Barchords (2012), and the vibrating riffs of his hit song “Lost in the Light”. You may even have been lucky enough to catch him on tour performing along side the likes of Wilco, Robert Plant, and Feist.

Earlier this month Bahamas released his third studio effort, Bahamas is Afie, which as the title indicates has proven to be his most personal collection of songs to date. The 12-track album tears down the wall between artist and audience as it invites listeners to walk through Jurvanen’s intimate mental dwelling. The album art is a focused shot of an inscribed wedding ring belonging to Jurvanen’s wife, who undoubtedly inspired a great deal of the album’s lyrical content. Bahamas is Afie is a statement of Jurvanen’s artistic independence as a singer/songwriter, and it underwent more production than any of his prior albums to nail down the perfect sound.

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Bahamas – Bahamas is Afie (2014).

 

Jurvanen spent the past two albums honing in on his personal musical style, which rings clear and consistent from the first to last track on Bahamas is Afie. His airy soft-folk melodies are accompanied by concise, emotion driven lyrics to create a complex yet approachable ambience for his listeners to ease into. The top singles from the album, “Stronger Than That” and “All The Time”, feature proclaimed guitar riffs and a melodic twang that is impossible not to hum along to. He slows his pace on “Like a Wind” and experiments with heavier bass lines and gentle guitar strokes.

You can find comfort in knowing that Bahamas will be taking to the roads for the next three months to perform and promote the album across North America and Europe. Listed below are all the Canadian stops on his international tour.

 

WED 10 SEPTEMBER

Officers Square Fredericton, NB, Canada

WED 10 SEPTEMBER

Shivering Songs festival 2014Fredericton, NB, Canada

THU 16 OCTOBER

Alix Goolden Performance HallVictoria, BC, Canada

FRI 17 OCTOBER

Vogue Theatre Vancouver, BC, Canada

SAT 18 OCTOBER

The Habitat Kelowna, BC, Canada

MON 20 OCTOBER

Knox United Church Calgary, AB, Canada

TUE 21 OCTOBER

McDougall United Church Edmonton, AB, Canada

WED 22 OCTOBER

Broadway Theatre Saskatoon, SK, Canada

THU 23 OCTOBER

Burton Cummings Theatre Winnipeg, MB, Canada

SAT 25 OCTOBER

Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN, US

WED 5 NOVEMBER

Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON, Canada

THU 6 NOVEMBER

Métropolis Montreal, QC, Canada

FRI 7 NOVEMBER

Théâtre Granada Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

SAT 8 NOVEMBER

Impérial de Québec Québec, QC, Canada

 


Check out Bahamas!

Official Website.

SoundCloud.

Youtube.

Facebook.

Twitter.

Instagram.


Author: Kaity D’Agostino

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