Topic: Full Time Hobby

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Braids, Flourish//Perish

January 06, 2014 / by Alexandra Spence (author)

Following the departure of keyboardist Katie Lee, Flourish//Perish takes a decidedly electronic turn, as the band trade in their guitars for synthesizers. Originally hailing from Calgary, Braids are now based in Montreal and produced Flourish//Perish right out of their garage-cum-studio. The atmosphere of writing in the seclusion of their windowless garage, through the deep of a Montreal winter, along with the departure of Lee, has likely influenced the electronic and introspective tone of their latest album. Flourish//Perish, though not as immediately catching as their Polaris prize nominated art rock debut, Native Speaker, is one of those albums that grows with each listen. The opening track Victoria begins with the sonic ebb and flow of synthesized pops panning left to right, as singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston coos, “My father always said, to get out of my head”. The album continues in this vein, as the sparse layers, repetitive, minimalist rhythms and the ethereal, childlike vocal quality of Standell-Preston slowly engulf you. Despite the complex rhythms and heady electronic layers, the downbeat atmosphere of the album is undemanding on its listener. As if in a daydream, Braids nudge you gently into their sound world, and pull you further inside yourself. The energy picks up for the last track on the album, "In Kind". As drummer Austin Tufts takes to the drum kit, Standell-Preston’s sweet, piercing voice squeals lines such as “Left my conscience in quotations”, and slowly, you awaken from your reverie.

Hooded Fang - Gravez (photo:: DAPS/Full Time Hobby) Album reviews / DAPS RECORDS, Full Time Hobby

Hooded Fang, Gravez

October 31, 2013 / by Francesca Copelli (author)

Canadian four piece Hooded Fang formed in Toronto in 2007. They are generally considered indie rock because their unique sound is pretty hard to label. The band consists of April Aliermo on bass guitar; multi-instrumentalist Daniel Lee on guitar, drums and lead vocals; Lane Halley on lead guitar and trumpet; and Alex Meeks on drums. Their 2008 EP and 2010 debut album were self-released. Their second album, 2012's Tosta Mista, was released by UK indie label Full Time Hobby. Their third album, Gravez, was released in May by DAPS RECORDS and Full Time Hobby. The intro and outro for the album ­- "Drive Range In" and "Drive Range Out" - make a perfect frame for the album. This really is a piece of art. After the intro, the album jumps into an upbeat drum and guitar song, catching interest immediately. With all the songs consisting of fun riffs and catchy lyrics, the main tracks to focus on from this album are "Wasteland", "Neverminding", and "Genes". These are just my favourites. As we all know, the city is sometimes lonely and the city is sometimes gross, so what Hooded Fang seem to be expressing through their lyrics 'so many faces and they're all the same', and song titles such as "Wasteland", are the true feelings of being a poor musician, or just being a young adult, in the city. But you really should give this album more of a listen because it is amazing and totally Torontonian.