Fur Trade’s Steve Bays (lead singer for Hot Hot Heat) and Parker Bossley (The Gay Nineties) describe their style as an experimental form of “yacht rock” (i.e. the late-‘70s style of Steely Dan, Hall and Oats and Toto). While some argue that computerized music requires less traditional musical talent, Bays maintains the album is the product of a great deal of sculpting: “With electronic music, the mixing is just as important as the song writing.” Despite this engineering, the electronic sound is too busy while still managing to be boring. I appreciate the original “yacht rock” genre for nostalgic purposes but also for its genuineness; in contrast, many of Fur Trade’s offerings are overly distorted. The debut album’s best track is its first single, “Kids These Days,” with a catchy guitar riff and a beautiful one-shot video of a young girl dancing in the street.
Did you know @thecityofkenora gets its name from combining those of three communities: Keewatin, Norman, and Rat Portage? We recommend a day trip to Coney Island followed by pub grub and brews at @lowbrewco’s taproom (don’t forget to get a selfie with Husky the Muskie!).
More in the story by @bonnieschiedel on p. 16 of our July issue, link in bio.
Meet Shelby Gagnon and Morningstar Derosier—facilitators of the Mamawe Art Bus Project. They’ll be working with eight Indigenous artists to design an art bus that will highlight Indigenous land and artistic style. Stay tuned for the big reveal in October.
More in the story by @sarasadeghiaval95 on p. 40 of our July issue, link in bio.