Little Scream has been the stage name of singer-songwriter and visual artist Laurel Sprengelmeyer since 2008. Iowa born, but Montreal based, her style has been described as a blend of folk, pop, and art rock.
Her sophomore album Cult Following (2016), featuring guests Mary Margaret O'hara, Sufjan Stevens, and Sharon Van Etten, received a Band-of-the- Week nod in The Guardian which called it “a quirky, affecting, richly detailed album that deserves more than its title.” NPR's Fresh Air said it "...summons up an array of landscapes roiled by clouds of emotion, storms of fury or the blue sky allure of tranquility". It was included in best of 2016 lists by the Globe and Mail and Bust Magazine, the latter which gave it a 5 star rating.
Little Scream has appeared as a vocalist and / or guitarist on recordings for The National, The Barr Brothers, Will Butler, Michael Fueurstack, Hey Rosetta, and Saltland, among others, as well as appeared on two Red Hot compilations, and charity singles to benefit the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Standing Rock. She co-produced her own records with Richard Reed Parry, and has recorded and produced albums for LILA and the folk duo Driftless Sisters. She is also a vocalist and keyboard player in Richard Reed Parry's Quiet River of Dust. Welcome to R&S.
Montreal-based art-rock ensemble Corridor will channel you into a strange space and a trippier time as their highly ambient and spacious sounds fill your mindspace. The band’s debut LP, Le Voyage Éternel, was unleashed in 2015, followed by Le Viol de Sharone, the year after. Their new album, Supermercado, is due out on May 26th on Michel Records (Canada), Requiem Pour Un Twister (France) and Citrus City Records (US). “Défiant la classification facile de post-punk, le groupe promet de présenter sur cette troisième offre un amalgame de jangle pop et de art-rock pour lequel il s’est fait reconnaître au fil des sorties précédentes,” writes Voir magazine. Et c’est vrai!
Un Blonde was created by prolific songwriter Jean-Sebastien Audet. His idea was to turn himself into music. He does it well - through creating gospel folk music with a powerfully haunting and peaceful sound. Audet is only 20 years old and has been a songwriter since his teens, never stopping to produce music that is unique and hard to pin down. In 2016’s ‘Good Will Come To You,’ the genres of R&B, gospel, and folk are melded together to produce an album that is filled with a soulful celebration of life. Gentle and captivating, it’s hard to describe exactly what Un Blonde does. But however you describe it, it surely is beautiful.
Franglais punk lyrics shouted to an off kilter beat and soprano sax spewings - is it art punk or free-jazz? Whatever you want to call it, Fet. Nat. is étrange -- a darkly, Dadaist kind of étrange . Not surprising the band’s many influences include Anarchisme, American wrestling, and Kung-fu movies. It’s most recent album, Please Stop Saying It's So Beautiful, came out last summer, following on the heels of Poule Mange Poule. We caught Fet. Nat. at Wavelength’s winter reprieve. Audience participation was high thanks to handy signage with lyrics like: “Placer toi”
R&S friends and alumni,Hooded Fang, return to energize our late night stage & take us over the edge of weirdness. Venus on Edge, their latest, pumps out pulsing beats by April balanced by Daniel’s smooth, soothing vocal delivery. Surf tones often wash over and ground the sound between off-beats and sections of frenzy. Hooded Fang will make you want to not go to bed and stay up late. Pitchfork.com: “The new record also turns a page on proto-punk completely in favor of weirder turf: industrialized dissonance, sci-fi surf-punk, and tweaked-out guitar frequencies that ring out like a biohazard lab activating the meltdown siren.”