Tuesday, September 14, 2010

newmusicmonday #60:: Forest City Lovers

image :: Forest City Lovers, Artel, Kingston, ON, via MySpaceMusic

Genrefolk pop
MembersMika Posen Violin, vocals
Christian Ingelevics drums/percussion 
Kat Burns guitars/keys/vocals
Kyle Donnelly bass/percusison/vocals
Tim Bruton organ/guitar/vocals
CityToronto, ON, Canada
Recent Release'Carriage' on Out of This Spark July, 2010                                               [purchase + merch]

This week's newmusicmonday is a day late, thanks to TIFF, featuring a Toronto indie folk band, Forest City Lovers. I'm trying to fit PopMontréal into my schedule at the end of the month, so I'll be featuring bands slated to play on this blog, including Forest City Lovers.

The band's beginnings stem from a Kat Burns solo project in 2006. They have 3 albums, including The Sun and the Wind {2006}, Haunting Moon Sinking {2009}, and Carriage {2010}. There are quite a few songs streamed on the CBCr3 site {link above}. Their music may have a folksy sound, but they are squarely in a genre I call "blue state folk" evoking bands like Brooklyn's Hem. There's an urban sensibility and layered arrangements with strings and an indie pop hooks. "If I Were a Tree" is a 7" single from 'Carriage'::

"Pirates {Can't All Sail the Indian Ocean}" is from Haunting Moon Sinking and shot in glourious 8mm::

This is a live version of one of my favourite songs of theirs, "Country Road", from 2007 at The Townehouse in Sudbury::

The band's currently on tour with dates in Ontario. Here's their upcoming tour dates, including their last show in Toronto at the Horseshoe on 5 November and their PopMontréal show on 2 October at the Out of this Spark showcase at Divan Orange.

Mika Posen, Kyle Donnelly, Christian Ingelevics, Kat Burns, Tim Bruton

Twitterversion:: [blog+videos] #newmusicmonday features indie alt folk of #Toronto's Forest City Lovers {@forestcitylovrs}. @Prof_K

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