STRANGERS IV (Video)

“Morgan Doctor well known from her collaboration with significant artists is coming forth with this brand new single from her upcoming album Strangers in an interesting mix of electronic and darker post rock sound acompanied by a higly aesthetic videoclip”

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Morgan Doctor is a Juno and Dora nominated performer and creator. She currently plays with Andy Kim (Arts and Crafts), Jill Barber, Amanda Rheaume, and Fefe Dobson. She has drummed with The Cliks (Warner/Tommyboy),Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida, Ron Sexsmith, Kevin Drew, Alex Lifeson Feist, Sandra Bernhard and many others.Morgan Doctor has performed and appeared on live National TV (MTV Live, David Letterman,MTV CRIBS, MTV Total Request Live, IFC, CNN, Craig Ferguson, etc) and live radio shows, awards ceremonies, TV and radio commercials, sold out theaters and arenas, music videos, and countless full length albums. Morgan also performed and won at MTV LOGO’s “Artist on the Brink” Award for 2008 with The Cliks. She received a Dora nomination for her sound design for Between Us Goddess in 2005 and earned a Juno and Dora nomination with her work with The Toronto Tabla Ensemble in 2001. Morgan’s session drumming can be heard on such TV and Film Soundtracks as the CBC Metro Morning, The L Word, and Grey’s Anatomy. Morgan is a big advocate of music education and teaches at Girls Rock Camp Toronto as a drum instructor and band coach.In 2006 Morgan signed with Aporia Records and has released three solo albums. Her solo work has been used for TV shows such as WordTravels (OLN/National Geographics Channel, Food Network), and radio shows such as DNTO, Hear and Now and The Signal (theme song). Her most recent release, “Major Over Minor” is her first full length instrumental album. “… it is a rare musician who can make an instrumental album that seems confessional” – Toronto StarMorgan is endorsed by Zildjian, Vic Firth, Yamaha Drums, Evans Drum Heads, Steinberg and Humes and Berg. She has also appeared in Modern Drummer Magazine and is a regular contributor to Tom Tom Drum Magazine. She is a Banff Centre Musician in Residence alumni.When she’s not performing, recording, producing, or practicing yoga, Morgan enjoys time with her dachshund Cymbal.https://morgandoctor.com

We Dream of Eden – Please Send Rain (Spotify)

“When guitars meet ambient design, filled with lush reverbs, atmospheric soundscapes and warm keys, you have this wonderful ambient theme to daydream and laid back.”

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This is the first single of an EP entitled "When Skies Meet Shores" featuring the artwork of Memphis based artist Cat Lenke who was inspired by "We Dream Of Eden" previous releases to start working with water colors in the early mornings. The song is a lament mixed with hope about the present state we find ourselves in. When the fires are raging... we can pray for rain. When the rain does comes it brings healing to the land, and life to all. Few words about We Dream Of EdenFrom the imagination of composer & producer Kirk Smith comes a project to make minimal yet uplifting ambient music. Combinations of the organic and imperfect sounds of real life blend with the precision and playfulness of modern technology. Collaborations with friends from time to time form a collective of creatives seeking peace in a crazy beautiful world. This music creates a place to think, a place to breathe, a place to dream.https://www.instagram.com/wedreamofeden/

Empasse – Ultraviolet (Spotify)

“Ultraviolet from Empasse is a post rock with electronica influences and hidden nostalgia which unfolds through its addictive laid back groove and blissful harmonics.”

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Recorded in Kirikiriroa, Aotearoa (Hamilton, New Zealand), Empasse is the musical project of Nick Johnston, a local government bureaucrat by day and musician by night. Some of Nick’s previous bands include post-rock band Sora Shima, and indie pop bands The Changing Same and Dynamo Go.

The music for Ultraviolet EP was primarily composed during New Zealand’s first COVID-19 lockdown, a creative escape away from civil defence and community recovery work during the day.

Nick jokingly refers to the musical style as ‘post-rock baroquetronica’, but it can be more simply described as having cinematic qualities… something that would not feel out of place on the big screen. The ‘baroquetronica’ aspect refers to the blend of synthesisers with an eclectic range of instruments including the Marxophone (a type of fretless zither).

“My musical background is mainly in pop and rock bands, so when it came to creating electronic music, I was not very familiar with how to manipulate synthetic sounds” says Nick. “Rather than manipulating the sound of the synthesisers, I ended up blending synthetic sounds with organic sounds to create new instruments and textures”.

Nick describes the tracks as a “soundtrack to a story that is not well known in New Zealand outside the Waikato Region where I live” – the story of the town of Rotowaro, a former mining village that was entirely removed in the 1980s to make way for an opencast coal mine. The mine fuelled the Huntly Power Station, the largest thermal power station in New Zealand which has been identified as responsible for over half of New Zealand’s carbon emissions from electricity generation.

The evocative cover photo for Ultraviolet EP was taken in 1985 by David Cook, a photographer who has spent nearly four decades recording the effects of the coal industry on Rotowaro and Rāhui Pōkeka | Huntly.

“Ultraviolet is about the damage and wounds that we cannot see – in this case, it is the rural communities that have battered over many generations to grow and power our larger cities, as well as the carbon emissions damaging the health of our planet.”

Methyl Lily – Maidenhair (Spotify)

Methyl Lily – Maidenhair
(Spotify)

Post Rock

Methyl Lily is the ambient-electronic music project of producer Tyler Wells Lynch. Like “cellar door,” the name is phonaesthetic—it signifies nothing more than the sound of its utterance. As an instrumental project, Methyl Lily strives to cultivate a similar purpose: a study in contrast and change, major and minor, wordless dynamics through light and dark. Nothing more than the joy of sound.

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