There’s a whole world contained within Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. They’re a Noh-Wave prog collective, a black-and-white (and sometimes red) theatre company, an operatic psych cult, and the speculative prophets of humanity’s impending doom. Above it all, though, they’re a thunderous rock band, and on their third album, DIRT, they’re the heaviest they've ever been.
DIRT is the band’s first album since 2013’s UZU, their second straight to be shortlisted for the Polaris Prize as one of the best Canadian albums of the year. But the gap between albums hasn’t been a hiatus. Instead, the group hunkered down in the studio composing the mostly-instrumental score to the DrinkBox Studios video game Severed, along with members of the Canadian-Filipina gong group Pantayo. They emerged with new elements to heighten and distort into their already far-reaching sound, which combines and tornadoes Asian diasporic and Indigenous influences and perspectives.
Cage the Elephant are a band of syncopated groove- oriented Rock 'N' Rollers whose goal is to convey power to their audience through their music without the interference of too much background information, preferring to let their music be their message. Their Mission Statement is: 'Frantic Volume -Laden Maximum Rock 'N' Roll!'
When Canadian singer/songwriter Bobby Bazini released his first full-length album Better in Time in 2009, he was only 20. By that time, his debut single "I Wonder" had already spent nine consecutive weeks atop Quebec English single charts. Bazini's brand of emotional, earnest, singer/songwriter pop, hugely influenced by classic soul and blues artists, struck a chord with Canadian audiences
Bobby Bazini, auteur-compositeur-interprète d'à peine 20 ans est remarqué pour sa voix unique et son indéniable sens du soul. Le premier extrait, I Wonder (sorti en août 2009) atteint rapidement le top 3 au palmarès anglophone correspondant et y demeure pendant plus de 9 semaines. Après 23 semaines il est toujours inscrit au palmarès. Coup de coeur au dernier Midem, Mungo Park Records reçoit plusieurs offres pour sortir l'album Better in Time en Europe. Avec sa voix unique et sa musique entre le soul, le pop, le folk et le R&B, Bobby Bazini vous charmera. En Europe, en Amérique du Nord et au Japon Bobby Bazini n'a que des éloges. Tous lui prédisent une grande carrière internationale. Vous serez conquis !
Emperor Of Sand finds Mastodon returning to a deeply imaginative and complex conceptual storyline that ponders the nature of time. Threading together the myth of a man sentenced to death in a majestically malevolent desert, the band conjures the grains of a musical and lyrical odyssey slipping quickly through a cosmic hourglass. "Emperor of Sand is like the grim reaper," says drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. "Sand represents time. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Invariably, you ask, ‘How much time is left?'" "We're reflecting on mortality," adds bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders. "To that end, the album ties into our entire discography. It's 17 years in the making, but it's also a direct reaction to the last two years. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives." Emperor Of Sand was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside Mastodon's hometown of Atlanta, with producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Neil Young, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine), who first worked with Mastodon on their seminal 2009 album Crack The Skye.