Music Recommendation: Tegan and Sara

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Tegan and Sara is an indie rock duo, most specifically twin sisters, hailing from Calgary! They have such distinct voices that it’s hard to miss. My ‘brother’ introduced them to me and they are one of the first artists that has got me falling for Canadian music! What I love about their music is their tunes are catchy though the lyrics are quite the opposite. I’m all about juxtaposition! I find that I like their live, acoustic sessions best. I have yet to see them in person and it’s a pity I missed them just this summer. One day….


Favourite songs and lines:

1) Call It Off: “I won’t regret saying this
This thing
That I’m saying
Is it better than
Keeping my mouth shut.”

2) The Con: “I am moving past this giving notice
I have to go
Yes I know the feeling,
Know you’re leaving.”

3) Fix You Up: “Well there’s not a lot for you to give if you’re giving in
And there’s not a lot for you to feel if you’re not feeling it.”

4) Where Does the Good Go: “It’s love that leaves and breaks the seal of always thinking you would be
Real, happy and healthy, strong and calm, where does the good go
Where does the good go.”

5) I’m Not Your Hero: “Hanging on to parts of me, hanging on at all
I was used to seeing no future in my sight line.”

Website: http://www.teganandsara.com/

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

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Music Recommendation of the Week: Hey Rosetta!

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Hey Rosetta! is a six-member indie rock band from St. Johns Newfoundland and Labrador, led by Tim Baker. I first heard Hey Rosetta! when searching for new music in the internet. What captivated my attention was the unique transitions and eventual blending of various instruments: from electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, piano, drums, cello, the violin and to the unexpected tinkling of the xylophone.

Tim Baker, who is (ehmm) such a beau, is the lead singer. His voice is charmingly masculine with an incredible range and dynamics, switching effortlessly from low to high notes. But on certain songs where some of the members harmonize or play backing vocals, it becomes pure eargasm.

Their songs are mostly danceable but ironically, contrasts with the usual melancholy and poetically inclined lyrics. Thus, it’s no surprise that I’m such a fan.

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Hey Rosetta! at Calgary Folk Fest 2014

Just last week, I was able to see them for the first time at Calgary Folk Festival. I was in awe, jaw dropped (figuratively) at their incredible, lively stage presence. The balance of sounds resonating from their instruments, perfect in volume from each, was music to my ears (well duh…). On occasion, Tim encouraged the crowd to sing along and guess who poured their heart out? Who cared about the embarrassment I must’ve received from doing so? The sing along was well worth the confused looks, especially when they played my favourite, Bandages! I cannot wait to see them again!


Favourite songs and lines:

1) Carry Me Home: “But I’d give my food and drink
To see my home again
To see my mother’s hand
Against her apron edge.”

2) Yer Spring: “Am I rising up?”

3) Young Glass: “Even though – I thought I was – all alone – I was wrong
Even though – I thought I was – all alone – I am not.”

4) Red Heart: “Were you born a closed book,
full of secret lines? (and bound so tight)
or did you learn to lock it,
as not to break your spine? (oh! you were bound so tight)
Cause you shut up
and you’re all shut inside.”

5) A Thousand Suns: “These are twisted times when trust and truth collide
When a stranger’s love could make your heart explode
I want to give it all back!”

6) Bandages: “That half of the bed
Empty like a page
All the cursive claims you’ve yet to make.”

Website: http://www.heyrosetta.com/

Come back for next week’s recommendation!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!