City Sounds: Quick Bites
Vancouver is a multifaceted, multicultural city and with this comes unique talents and a naturally diverse music scene. City Sounds is a new LMPR series highlighting our local industry and focussing on the artists we are fortunate enough to have in our backyard.
This first post looks at three hometown acts and recommends some introductory listening – a ‘Quick Bite’ – for each. We explore everything from synth-rock to new-age folk and a few things in between.
Husband and wife duo Drew and Danielle McTaggart met while touring separately and soon formed the energetic, synth rock group Dear Rouge. They released their debut EP, Heads Up! Watch Out! in April of 2012 and won the prestigious Peak Performance Project the same year.
They offer punchy guitar hooks with buoyant synths and head-bob inducing percussion beats. Think Dragonette meets Metric.
Experimental folk-rock band, The Tourist Company, consists of Taylor Swindells, Jillian Levey, Brenon Parry and Josué Quezada. They recently released their second studio album, Space Race, which is just as cosmic as it sounds and entirely about a race to the moon. The album boasts the perfect combination of lyrical optimism and new age folk music.
Expect infections harmonies, clap-along beats and generally enjoyable performers. This year they were voted Regional Champions for Vancouver in CBC’s Music Searchlight and have been announced as one of 12 bands in this year’s Peak Performance Project.
Edgy dance music producer, Pat Lok has been on the local scene for a while, but as of late has developed well-deserved international notoriety. He routinely remixes a wide variety of genres; twisting them into groovy nu disco and deep house tracks.
He’s recently created a slew of original tracks, which highlight the disco house, smooth sounds that listeners have come to know as his signature and this certainly isn’t a bad thing.