|Take Your Time / Reflections (Distorted Disco, 2011)|
Via two cuts from the upcoming "massive LP" due to drop in the next few months, Take Your Time / Reflections spotlights Drew Harris' swelling heart penchant with aplomb. It's Molly Ringwald wearing headphones on a lonely Valentines day, four on the floor shoe-gazey dream pop through deep circuit pulsing synths, stuttered pianos and reverberating guitars.
The tracks pull from a diverse source set. A tired lobby piano in Abbotsford, recorded on an iPhone New Year's morning, an vocal sample from an early EP, stolen glances in a bus window reflection. They reaffirm what this Victoria, BC artist does best - ratcheting the tension between electronic and analog, dance-floor and bedroom, euphoric and contemplative, through tight hooks, propellant beats and unmistakable reverence to the gods of New Wave electronic dance.
Download: Take Your Time/Reflections
|Joel Plaskett at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver back in 2009.|
Halifax singer-songwriter/rocker Joel Plaskett played a one-off show on December 28 2010 in Victoria while he's on the west coast visiting extended family. The sold out 200 person audience in the quaint, lovely little St. Ann's Auditorium were treated to solo guitar (or $5 keyboard) renditions of material from his solo career, songs with the Emergency as well as oldies from the defunct Thrush Hermit. Plaskett played two separate sets and was called back out for 2 encores, taking many requests from the audience, as well as calling the seated crowd to its feet in joining his karaoke sing-along to hit "Fashionable People."
Below are the links to 5 videos from that night. Although the video quality suffers from the dim lighting in the room (no spotlights!), the audio is crystal clear. I hope you enjoy the three new songs from Plaskett, and two "oldies"-- "Non-Believer," one of my favourites, and "Before You Leave" from the Hermit days.
"I'm Yours" (New)
"Before You Leave" (Thrush Hermit)