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The Georgia Straight - - Music -

Soul mu­sic is a unique field. While peo­ple can like metal, or en­joy folk, the greats of the genre need to have soul. Un­like hip-hop or coun­try, soul is not just a thing that a per­son does—it’s the essence of who they are. That’s some­thing that Vin­tage Trou­ble has taken to heart. Trans­port­ing lis­ten­ers back to the ’60s with vo­cals that os­cil­late be­tween silky-smooth and ag­gres­sively gritty, singer Ty Tay­lor is as at home on the group’s gospel-backed, blues-in­fused stom­pers as its Otis Red­ding-es­que bal­lads. His emo­tive voice is what ties to­gether the band’s genre-span­ning ap­proach to mak­ing mu­sic. Hav­ing played with ev­ery­one from AC/DC to the Rolling Stones, the group is famed for its sweat-in­duc­ing stage show. Tay­lor in par­tic­u­lar has the charisma of James Brown in his hey­day, with the group’s soul ’n’ roll able to touch au­di­ences of all gen­er­a­tions. Vin­tage Trou­ble has the rare abil­ity to win over crowds with its new ma­te­rial as much as its old, bring­ing thump­ing grooves and top­notch song­writ­ing to the stage. Cur­rently on the road draw­ing ma­te­rial from three ful­l­lengths, in­clud­ing 2015’s 1 Hope­ful Rd, the Tin­sel­town quar­tet plays the much-loved Rick­shaw The­atre on Sun­day (Novem­ber 12).

Pere­grine Falls (Drip Au­dio)

Al­though they’ve col­lab­o­rated 2

in var­i­ous projects for the bet­ter part of two decades, per­cus­sion­ist Ken­ton Loewen and gui­tarist Gor­don Gr­dina are prob­a­bly best known to fans of Dan Man­gan, hav­ing made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to his crit­i­cally lauded 2011 al­bum Oh For­tune as well as 2015’s Club Meds, the lat­ter of which saw their ef­forts, among sym­pa­thetic mem­bers of Van­cou­ver’s ex­per­i­men­tal mu­sic scene, cred­ited to Black­smith. Pere­grine Falls is a whole other ket­tle of fish.

Pere­grine Falls’ epony­mous de­but was co­pro­duced and re­leased by Drip Au­dio head Jesse Zubot. Those ex­pect­ing the warm, in­tro­spec­tive in­sight of Man­gan will be lost on this record. This is pure, un­fil­tered Loewen and Gr­dina, con­densed into a bar­rage of hard-rock­ing riffs and pound­ing drums that as­sault the senses in the best way pos­si­ble.

The record is largely in­stru­men­tal and im­pro­vised, which works fine con­sid­er­ing that the duo’s pal­pa­ble chem­istry and hard-earned skills

Try ;-) (Mint)

When Faith Healer’s 2015 2

de­but al­bum, Cos­mic Trou­bles, was recorded, it was ba­si­cally a solo project by Jes­sica Jal­bert. She chose the pseu­do­nym in an at­tempt to avoid the quaint singer-song­writer la­bel that she was sad­dled with for her pre­vi­ous al­bum, which was put out un­der her own name. That con­cern is a thing of the past with Try ;-).

Ev­ery­thing about Try ;-) is big­ger. While pro­ducer, per­former, and fel­low Mint artist Renny Wil­son heav­ily con­trib­uted to Cos­mic Trou­bles, he be­came an of­fi­cial band­mate on this one, and he owns it. The pro­duc­tion sounds far more dis­tin­guished on Try

there’s far less ap­ing of ’60s stu­dio tropes and way more of a ded­i­cated ’70s psych-pop pol­ish, with more synths and a wider stereo feel to the down­tempo bal­ladry and sur­real in­die rock.

Through­out the record, Jal­bert’s voice sounds dreamier, draw­ing out emo­tional nu­ance and res­o­nance more than sim­ply la­belling it. In ef­fect, al­though their tremen­dous ef­fort is ap­par­ent, it sounds like they’re try­ing less hard to be eclec­tic and be­ing more them­selves.


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