We’re All In This Together

We’re All In This Together is the latest single form Canadian rock-n-rollers The Sam Roberts Band and the lead single from an upcoming album due in the next couple of months.

I must say I like where the Sam Roberts Gang has been going musically. In this single, it is clear that the band has decided to further their musical horizons in the same jazzy vein as their last offering Collider. While the song retains that distinct Sam Roberts rock sound of power chords and organ accentuation, the addition of horns and singalong choruses give the music a bit more of a cathartic feel (something I felt was a little lacking in the groups early material). I especially liked the swung melodies in the pre-chorus that see the bass and guitar intertwining in an infectious hook that dances like a flame in the wind.

While the lyrical content is true to form for this group (ie: vaguely populist political sentiment straight from 1967 and/or a sobering amount of sadness about life’s troubles), it meshes rather nicely with the peppier sound that the boys have put together for this single.

This song, like every other single Sam Roberts and Co. have released, is edging out a respectable amount of airplay on Canadian rock radio, which makes me happy. For those of you outside Canada who have maybe not heard much of Sam Roberts/The Sam Roberts Band, I recommend exploring their back catalogue. Another solid single from a solid rock group.

Lost in the Light by Bahamas

Lost in the Light is a single off of Bahamas’ second full length album Barchords. With a stripped down sound consisting largely of just guitar and voice, Lost in the Light is an excellent representation of the way in which Bahamas focusses on embellishing the rudimentary elements of the song rather than using larger arrangements.

Making excellent use of guest female vocalists on this track, Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) complements his guitar style well. The vocal harmonies are crisp and simplistic, giving the perfect amount of emphasis on the chorus of the song, and Jurvanen’s guitar tone is warm and well rounded. The lyrics are also well written, demonstrating how Bahamas is adding his own flavour to the ballad songwriting style.

The Fall by Rhye

The Fall is a single from Rhye’s 2013 debut Woman. The Canadian-Danish duo have demonstrated their artistic flair with this down-to-earth, soulful track. Blending contemporary easy-listening indie sounds with a more traditional soul rhythm, The Fall has a sultry, yet laid back feel. Using traditional instruments such as the piano, slide guitar, and a brass and string ensemble, Rhye has crafted a song that has a timeless quality that just might have more longevity than it’s computer and synth focused contemporaries. Although I’m not entirely sure whether to label this track as indie or as soul (or perhaps neo soul), it is clear to me that Rhye has written a truly exceptional easy listening song in The Fall.