Saw this captivating dude last night open up for Naomi Punk and Mac DeMarco on Tour Dank at DC9 last night. I will say he was close to being my favorite last night. This Edmonton native could easily be doing these songs by himself with a backing track along with some guitar/keyboard sounds that he contributes live instead he brought on some pals to play drums and bass. It added this element that leads me say, his recordings really don’t do him justice. Adding more live elements I think allowed it to have a higher level of danceability and free-flowing responsibility.
Pick up his album New Radar from the camps and catch him out on tour or at SXSW if you make it down.
“I took a microphone out on to the streets to see what Edmontononaisns think of my new wuss rock CD. Go to http://travisbretzer.bandcamp.com if you feel like it. Big thanks to Rick Lee for filming. Luv u rick”
While comparisons can be a good indication of what you’re about to hear I kind of feel like it can take away from the artists’ sense of individuality as well. So with that being said, don’t confuse Mac DeMarco with Captured Tracks’ latest addition (and former Makeout Videotape member) Alex Calder. It’s evident from Calder’s debut single “Suki and Me” that there’s a certain nonchalant stupor about his music but even still, the track has a special way of grabbing a tight hold of the listener and surrounding them in a smoke filled haze that’s riddled with numbing reverb, vintage rock tendencies, and contorted psychedelia. With “Suki and Me”, things are looking quite promising for Alex Calder and because of that, I’m definitely looking forward to hearing his debut Time EP when it drops on March 26th.
“The first of a new monthly ten jam compilation featuring Edmonton talent. These little compilations are for everyone but they are mainly curated from the perspective of introducing the world outside Edmonton to the exhaustive wealth hiding within it.”