Quantum Tangle’s Tiffany Ayalik launches new project PIQSIQ

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Altering The Timeline, the debut release from PIQSIQ (pronounced “pilk-silk”), is a haunting five-song collection of otherworldly melodies built on ancient Inuit throat songs. True to throat singing’s traditional form, each track is an improvised plethora inspired by the soundscapes around us and infused with the guttural emotions that deliver the human experience in all it’s pain and glory.

Altering The Timeline is available now on Bandcamp, and will be officially released January 25 on Coax Records.

With a style perpetually galvanized by darkness and haunting northern beauty, Tiffany Ayalik (of JUNO-winning duo Quantum Tangle) and her sister Kayley Mackay join forces with Ruby Singh and his arsenal of eclectic rhythms and beats to form PIQSIQ. Together they create an experience that leaves the listener enthralled with the infinite possible answers to the question “what is the meaning of life?”

The project was sparked during a spontaneous jam session next to the Bow River at 2018 the Calgary Folk Music Festival. As the sisters throat sang, Ruby beat-boxed and ideas began to flow from there. Two short months later, the trio converged at Vancouver’s Afterlife Studio where they put together the sounds that would became Altering the Timeline.

Opening track “Akuglugu” — roughly translated from Inuktitut as “then you stir” — can be heard now at Roots Music Canada, and watch the album trailer below.


Tomato/Tomato’s “Take It On The Road” video premieres at The Bluegrass Situation

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You can watch Tomato/Tomato‘s video for “Take It On The Road” exclusively now at The Bluegrass Situation! Click on the logo for the link.

It’s a taste of the duo’s new album Canary In A Coal Mine, due out in February. Stay tuned!


Jon Stancer releases scathing anti-Trump single “Not Far From The Truth”

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Jon Stancer is mad as hell and he’s not taking it anymore. Like many of us, the Toronto singer/songwriter has become fed up with the daily barrage of lies emanating from south of the border to the point that he’s chosen to fight back in the best way he knows how — with a pull-no-punches single and video entitled “Not Far From The Truth,” which premieres exclusively today at Tinnitist.

“Like millions of people around the world, I’ve been dismayed, angered, outraged and at times, terrified at what’s been happening in the U.S. over the last few years,” Stancer says. “It appears though, that the walls may be starting to close in on POTUS and that revelations may soon come to light – so I thought now would be a good time to bring out this song.”

Although Stancer admits that he wanted “Not Far From The Truth” to reflect the sinister atmosphere fostered by the Trump administration, he adds his overall intention was to write a hopeful song to inspire people to continue demanding the truth from politicians and to support the media who report on them.

Click the Tinnitist logo to watch “Not Far From The Truth”

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Click the single art to purchase “Not Far From The Truth” at Bandcamp

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Belle Plaine’s Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath out now!

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Happy release day to Belle Plaine’s Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath! Here’s what the critics are saying:

“If this album were a house, it would loom large, stand Gothic and you would find its heart in a foyer that holds a grand piano.” Exclaim!

“Belle crochets a wonderful mix of old country, classic western, alternative rock, and jazz swing to create a beautiful blanket of music that is an artistic keepsake.” No Depression

“Her new album [is] full of questioning, of the past, present and the future, exploring autobiographically-related themes of grief and loss though songs steeped in classic country influences.” Folking.com

“One of the most wonderful things I’ve heard this year.” Mike Bell, The YYScene

“Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath shines with textures of classic country music, including some of the hip jazz changes that were commonplace with mid-60s Nashville-produced records, while keeping an eye toward the future sonically, with parts that might not seem out of place on a Wilco album.” BeatRoute

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Kyp Harness’ “Talking To Myself” premieres at No Depression

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Renowned Toronto singer/songwriter Kyp Harness will release his 14th album — simply self-titled — on Oct. 19, and you can get an early listen to the track “Talking To Myself” exclusively now at No Depression by clicking the logo below!

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Kyp Harness is another brilliant collection of nine timely observations of our fraying society, rendered with all the wit, wisdom and just the right amount of folk-rocking flair that Harness’ die-hard fans have come to expect. The album’s crackling energy is the result of the tracks being laid down during a single all-day session at Toronto’s Revolution Recording, with Joao Carvalho capturing the chemistry generated by Harness, the renowned pianist Tania Gill, bassist Mike Smith and drummer Sean Lancaric.

Get it at kypharness.net