This month #ygkPlaylist is dedicated to Tone Deaf, Kingston’s annual festival of adventurous sound performance, which takes place from November 20th until December 2nd. Celebrating it’s 15th year, Tone Deaf prominently features experimental music and sound performance, presenting artists residing both within and outside the Kingston who range from noisicians to turntablists, laptop improvisers to sound sculptors, and many others. All three of the artists we’ve hand picked for November’s playlist are either local residents or former Kingstonians, and each of them will be performing during the upcoming festival. Hit play below, and if you like what you hear, be sure to catch the live performances of: Big River Dream (23 November at St Mark’s Church), Warmer (25 November at The Grad Club), and Konig (29 November at The Mansion).
Big River Dream: Big River Dream is Greg Wilson, and Greg Wilson is Big River Dream. He creates narratives and experiences through music and sound, builds digital instruments, art installations, music applications, and he can also be caught engineering recordings on occasion. He has been based out of Ottawa and Kingston in the past, and now resides in Toronto while he pursues a Master’s degree in Music Technology at UofT. He encourages audiences to “listen with care, and bring your heart, mind, and ears when you find him making sounds”. Find Big River Dream on: SoundCloud, Facebook and YouTube.
Warmer: after releasing their second album, Peak Health, earlier in 2016, Warmer continues to draw me in with their melancholy (occasionally up-beat) rock and roll songs about babies, beasts, and bunkers. Their song in this month’s playlist has special meaning, as it was recorded live at Musiikki Café for Jay Middaugh’s upcoming film Live In Kingston. Warmer consists of Cecily Taylor (vocals, rhythm guitar, synth), Laura Kelly (drums, bass), Kiel Vereecken (drums, bass), and Joseph Harvey (lead guitar). Find Warmer on BandCamp, Facebook and here and there on Soundcloud.
Konig: this solo electronic pop artist is otherwise known as Nadia Pacey. Konig’s SoundCloud is saturated with over two dozen provocative tracks, which she categorizes as bedroom pop or dream pop. Earlier in 2016 she released a tidy, 6-track album titled Leave the Window Open, while her back catalog has at a few other albums for listeners to peruse. In spite of Konig’s confession that she is “in desperate need of a manager”, I think you’ll agree that she is getting along just fine without one. Find Konig on: SoundCloud, Facebook and Twitter.
Every month, we comb Soundcloud looking for sounds that are unique to Kingston. We are constantly seeking out active musicians to show off to the local community and beyond. If you’re a musician who wants to be included in a future #ygkPlaylist, the first step is to get your original music up on Soundcloud and then follow us. We promise to follow you back, listen to your work and consider it for the monthly #ygkPlaylist.
Credit to Ryan Warner for the photo used in the background of of this month’s ygkPlaylist.