From the River and Sky Festival, July 2011
People In Your Neighbourhood,
backed by Kingston’s Open Voices Community Choir,
at Portsmouth United Church
Thoughtful, breezy and with the wonder of Cockburn, the Kingston folkestra sings gently about the remedies that get you through the night.
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At times they sound like Ontario’s answer to Belle and Sebastian, except on top of the guitars and banjos and orchestral arrangements they’ve added what they call spectral processing (fuzzy audio samples from their neighbourhood).
Over 100 Kingston musicians, including PS I Love You and the Queen’s Symphony Orchestra, pitched in on the band’s 2010 debut, Dawn Time Riot. Their sophomore album, Till The Morning Shows Her Face To Me (Apple Crisp), is more subdued and sees the core group gathering in tighter.
By Sarah Greene
The Gertrudes deliver another eccentric selection of modern folk music on their second full-length. But the Kingston, ON mega-band have pulled back on the tempos since last year’s frenzied debut, Dawn Time Riot. Although they’re still a wild kitchen party, at times, most of the album is of a quieter bent, more suitable for an afternoon on the couch under a handmade afghan. This is an album that’s beautifully representative of all of contemporary folk’s finest features.
By Rachel Sanders
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Till The Morning exhibits immense musical versatility. Look no further than the title track for proof: “Derby Girl” starts off sounding like a frenetic Nick Drake, then sounds a bit like a Canadiana Talking Heads with a killer ’90s-alternative-rock chorus, lamenting a breakup with a riot grrl.
By Robin Hatch