neil young

neil young

Apr 20/2014

With the recent release of Transfer of Energy [Feelings of Power], Toronto-based producer David Psutka, a.k.a. Egyptrixx, is continuing to make waves on the experimental music scene. The album is Psutka’s third as Egyptrixx and the first to be released on his own label, Halocline Trance. With several other creative pursuits on his plate — including side-projects, Hiawatha and Animai, and an upcoming tour that involves opening for Caribou — we caught up with Psutka to talk about the decision to self-manage, his minimalist approach, and the challenges and rewards that come with performing live. Georgie— What was the motivation behind starting your own label, Halocline Trance? David Psutka— I’d always planned to have my own vessel for releasing my music, for a few reasons. When you run your own label, just pragmatically speaking, things are a little more fluid. The timing, the scheduling of releases, the logistics — without any other artists on the roster, things are a little more convenient. But it also made more sense for the ultimate goals and objectives that I have for the various projects that I do. With some of the labels that I was working with previously, it seemed that communities can

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Dear Rouge

  A few years ago, Danielle McTaggart was ready to throw in the towel on her music career. Now she and her husband, Drew, make up the powerhouse duo known as Dear Rouge and have two full-length albums and a Juno to their name. Known for their hook-driven tracks—and being “the nicest couple in Canadian music”—Dear Rouge just dropped their sophomore LP, Phases. The record recounts a season of emotional extremes for the couple, including winning the 2016 Juno for Breakthrough Group of the Year, and losing a loved one. We caught up with Danielle over the phone to talk about finding joy in music again, and the personal and public significance of Phases. G—On your website, you describe your style as “sinewy, hook-driven indie rock”. Where did that particular style evolve from? DM—I was always very into hook-y music with beautiful melodies. I grew up listening to The Carpenters and they have beautiful melodic parts, but I also always loved harder music and really rock-driven music. Bands like Metric or Yeah Yeah Yeahs or St. Vincent were hugely motivating for me, and I loved that these frontwomen were powerhouses. They’re very confident and trying to push the boundaries while

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Lord Huron

What do you get when you combine the start of a worldwide tour and the release of a highly-anticipated album on the same day? Ask Lord Huron’s founder and frontman, Ben Schneider, and he’ll say a pretty damn exciting journey ahead. The band’s third album, Vide Noir, released April 20, is already receiving accolades for its raw, lyrical storytelling from songs like “Wait by the River” and “When the Night is Over”. To engage fans at a deeper level, the band plans on creating immersive experiences that elevate the album’s narratives. Lord Huron’s tour includes a stop at Toronto’s Sony Centre on July 25, and at Osheaga in Montreal on August 4. Schneider spoke to us about his love of storytelling, Raymond Chandler influences, and what it was like working with Flaming Lips’ producer David Fridmann. G—You grew up in Michigan. Is that where your interest in music began? BS—There was always music on at our house, and I remember imagining the people the songs were about. The storytelling of songs is what’s always captured me most. As time went on, I was able to convince my parents to let me play bass in the orchestra, which led to me

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