City Sounds: Quick Bites

With a new year comes new local artists to keep your eye on. With this, City Sounds is back with another edition of our top, local picks.

Vancouver is exploding with talent, making it difficult to pick just three artists – if it was up to us, we’d write about this for days.

In this months post, we explore some of the best indie pop, rock and, alternative music Vancouver has to offer.



Vancouver indie pop duo, Laura Smith and Andrew Braun, amalgamate beautiful lyrics with stunningly unique vocals and, heart-felt instrumentals to create music that is all their own.

The group has managed to create a beautifully dynamic sound, due not only to their innate talent, but sincere dedication to their craft. As an example of this, the duo, along with producers Caleb Shreve and Ted Gowans, recently set up a studio in an isolated cabin to fully immerse themselves in their music. The first single from this set, Banks, was released in the fall of 2014.

Rococode are currently recording an album in LA, meaning we can certainly expect big things from them in 2015.

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Dominique Fricot:


Stunning baritone vocals and emotional lyrics are just a few of the reasons to love Dominique Fricot.

Fricot has certainly had a successful career thus far, winning third place in The Peak Performance Project in 2012 and subsequently winning the title of Shore 104.3’s Best of BC award.

Fricot’s sophomore release, Sweet Little Fantasy, was released in the fall of last year and with it came powerful ballads that only he had the courage to create.

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 Western Jaguar:

Western Jaguar

Western Jaguar’s music offers harrowing lyrics, ambient synths and, ethereal chords.

Western Jaguar, also known as Jeffrey Trainor, experiments with a multitude of genres to create his music. This not only makes him impossible to categorize, but wonderfully innovative. Composer, singer, bass, drum and, keyboard player – he is the true definition of a one man show.

He released his debut album in 2013, and has been periodically releasing alternative rock music since. Two weeks ago he released his well-received atmospheric track, Council, and he is set to release his album, Wayfarer, on March 26, 2015.

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