Tim Dehnert is a 22 year old artist and songwriter based out of Los Angeles. As the artist TRACES he has already amassed over 15 million Spotify & Apple streams along with several million views on YouTube, though only releasing two EPs and a few singles to date. Featured across playlists on various streaming and YouTube editorial playlists, TRACES has appeared on multiple New Music Fridays, Spotify’s Chill Vibes/Young & Free Playlist, Mr. Suicide Sheep. With new music set to be released sometime this year, he is poised for a breakthrough as outlets like HuffPost, Alternative Press, Earmilk & Ones to Watch say TRACES “embodies the exact pursuit of greatness that rising artist should aspire for.”
I wrote “Lonely Night” in the middle of a really hard year for me. One late night I was home alone, messing around on the piano and started putting down some lyrics and melodies. I felt a sort of vulnerability and honesty in the moment, a kind of willingness to get out behind what I had been covering up for a while. The first few lyrics of the song say that tomorrow, I might put on my mask and crooked smile, but for right now I am admitting that I’m not in a great place. I think working in this industry can cause creatives especially to feel very alone. No matter what stage you’re at in your career, everything can feel so high pressure. That pressure and personal risk involved can feel like an uphill battle, often climbed alone.
TYLERxCORDY and I had met in a writing session a couple years ago and stayed in contact ever since. We had been talking about working on something together for a while so I sent him the basic outline of what would become “Lonely Night”. He wrote a verse and the next time he was out in LA, we got together to record it. For me, Tyler is just one of those artists who really gets what being in this industry entails; he’s been through the ups and downs of major labels, managers, etc., yet he still keeps his focus on writing great songs that are meaningful to him.The concept of an isolated night of reflection is a pretty open idea which I think most people can identify with, so I was stoked to see what Tyler was able to create in that framework.
Though of course the song was written far before what is happening in the world today, it feels important to acknowledge that we are going into a time where feeling alone or isolated may become more widespread. I hope that “Lonely Night” encourages healing through self reflection during this unprecedentedly difficult time in life, as it was for me during one of the lowest points of mine.
Legal Vertigo’s first single ‘At The Brasserie’ is out now and will be featured on his debut album Tragic Future Film Star out on November 15, available for pre-order now.
“The Brasserie Beaubien is part of an accidental evolution,” Legal Vertigo, “It used to be where Hell’s Angels, Legionnaires, and neighbourhood locals would go to unwind, scheme, fight, and find love (etc.). Circumstance has mysterious ‘intentions.’ In this case, as in many others (in many other cities) a place that once thrived for some has begun to thrive for others.”
“In this particular case, the former biker bar has become the hub of a thriving local arts scene with aspiring rock bands, comedians, drag dancers, poets, singer-songwriters, and seemingly anyone who wants to be on a stage (special thanks to Annie, James, & Julian). It is an institution of Montreal where major promoters sometimes put on events and ‘successful’ acts throw surprise events or try out new material. And let’s not forget, of course, the typical weekday show with unmade artists, weirdos and outlaws.”
Upcoming tour dates:
09/20 Barrie, ON – Troubadour Festival
09/25-29 Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal
10/03 Toronto, ON – The Great Hall*
10/04 Ottawa, ON – Club Saw*
10/05 Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount*
- with Operators
CITY AND COLOUR ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
A PILL FOR LONELINESS – OUT OCTOBER 4 VIA STILL RECORDS
Debuts Album Opener “Living in Lightning” Here
Watch Video for Hit Single “Strangers” Here
(Link to Artwork: http://bit.ly/APFLcover)
(August 16, 2019 – Toronto, ON) City and Colour, acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green, announces his 6th studio album A PILL FOR LONELINESS due out on October 4 on Green’s newly minted Still Records, an imprint of Dine Alone Records. Alongside previously released tracks, “Astronaut” and “Strangers”, Green debuts new song and album opener, “Living In Lightning”. The highly anticipated follow-up to City and Colour’s #1 selling album If I Should Go Before You (2015), A Pill for Loneliness is produced by three-time Grammy-winning Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, Norah Jones) and mastered by Emily Lazar (Beck, Coldplay, Dolly Parton, The Chainsmokers), the first female mastering engineer to win a Grammy for best engineered album (2019). Pre-order and pre-save HERE.
Along with pre-saving the digital release on DSPs, fans can pre-order a 2xLP vinyl copy of the album through the City and Colour webstore where a variety of album-branded merchandise will be available. As with previous releases, City and Colour will offer an artist exclusive vinyl with its own unique packaging and colour variant as follows:
- 2LP set, housed in a die-cut mirror board gatefold jacket, with printed euro-style inner sleeves
- A/B side pressed on Sea Blue vinyl with Magenta vinyl centre and Sky Blue and Tangerine Splatter
- C/D side pressed on Grape vinyl with a Canary Yellow vinyl centre and Magenta and Tangerine Splatter
Additional limited colour vinyl options will be available from Dine Alone Records and indie retailers globally. A standard edition black will be widely available as well. Fans who pre-order the vinyl HERE will also receive a digital download as of October 4.
Over the course of five studio albums, Green has compiled a canon ripe with songs amassing a legion of fans worldwide. With this 6th full-length album, Green siphons serenity from stress through a kaleidoscope of lush guitars, ethereal orchestration, and heavenly delivery over eleven tracks that illuminate an entrancing emotional expanse, balancing two extremes with eloquence and energy.
“I wrote a lot of dark songs and wrapped them in the most beautiful sounds we could find,” Green explains. “There are personal connotations, but they’re also relatable. I’m thankful for the opportunity to create.”
From the slow burning build-up of opening track, “Living in Lightning”, which borrows its title from John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, to the gorgeous last gasp of the piano-driven album closer “Lay Me Down,” A Pill for Loneliness unlocks the catharsis hinted at by the title.
On the previously released song, “Astronaut”, Green’s voice immediately captivates as he carries a divine and dynamic hook before an echoing solo. “I always think of the relationships in my life that have been fractured because I ended up doing what I do for a living,” he admits. “I’m always gone, wandering around and singing my song.”
Hit single “Strangers” (currently #2 Mediabase Alternative Chart in Canada) hinges on a buoyant riff and hummable groove. It charges towards a ghostly refrain awash in reverb as he pleads, “Don’t wake me when this is over, just let me drift amidst my dreams.” Watch the official video Here
A PILL FOR LONELINESS – TRACK LIST
- Living in Lightning
- Difficult Love
- Me and the Moonlight
- Mountain of Madness
- Song of Unrest
- The War Years
- Young Lovers
- Lay Me Down
SPEED QUEEN OUT OCTOBER 25 VIA DINE ALONE RECORDS
Speed Queen is the title of Little Scream’s new album, set to arrive on October 25. It’s a record that Little Scream (a.k.a. Laurel Sprengelmeyer) says is about observing the slow entropy of the US, ruminating on her own low-income upbringing in a flyover state, and, as she says, “taking it all in from the privileged position of being a new Canadian.”
Today, Little Scream shares a slice of escapism from the record, the gently grooving “Still Life”, which paints a picture of “complicated chaos” and “a sophisticated daydream.”
Little Scream on the song and finding personal catharsis:
“Much of my new record Speed Queen touches on class, poverty, and politics. But there are a few exceptions, and all of these exceptions have one thing in common—they all reference painting. I guess painting is my “happy place,” and the thing that gave me a break from the other heavy subject matter. ‘Still Life’ is a song that grew out of a fragment Mike Feuerstack had started and shared with me. I had just been discussing that Manet painting Un bar aux Folies Bergère, and I finished writing the song with the unrequited longing that painting has always inspired in me.
“Still Life” follows Speed Queen’s first single “Dear Leader” and its powerful, star-studded lyric video featuring cameos from The National, Arcade Fire, Superchunk, Holly Miranda, Leif Vollebekk, Mélissa Laveaux, and more. Speed Queen is available to pre-order today from Dine Alone Records on CD and Vinyl.
MORE ABOUT SPEED QUEEN
On her third album, Little Scream offers us a reflection on class and poverty in America. Speed Queen began as bits of prose written while touring her last album across North America. The title, which alludes to the opiate crisis, actually refers to a washing machine. Little Scream says, “When you’re struggling, nothing says you’ve made it more than getting your own washing machine. Speed Queen is about the dream of making it, and feeling desperately close but missing it.”
The album is gently accusatory. She doesn’t let herself or any of her listeners off the hook. In “Privileged Child”, she reminds wealthy people who like to adopt the style of the poor and working class that “poverty’s a feeling money just can’t buy.” On “Dear Leader,” she reminds those opposing migration that “when the waters rise, it’s gonna be you, Miami,” warning them that when they’re needing help, “…you will ask your God, but he’ll be busy getting risen, and the rich will be too busy buying stock in private prisons—that’s where they’ll send you for talking about socialism.” The biting commentary served with a sense of humor softens its presentation but doesn’t detract from its power. This is a theme throughout Speed Queen, where humor and warm heartedness prevail despite some of the darker subjects touched upon.
Montreal-based songwriter and guitarist Laurel Sprengelmeyer has been playing music under the moniker Little Scream since 2008. In 2011, she released The Golden Record, which Pitchfork dubbed “a stellar debut” and NPR called “an absolutely captivating record.” It was included in NPR’s Best Albums of 2011 list, and the New York Times evoked its “hints of the divine,” including Little Scream as one of the best new acts to follow at SXSW. Her second album Cult Following, which features guests including Sufjan Stevens, Mary Margaret O’Hara, and Sharon Van Etten, earned Little Scream new band of the week status from The Guardian and received five stars from Bust Magazine. Cult Following included the catchy Prince-inspired single “Love As A Weapon” which, according to the liner notes, she and her sister hoped would buy their mom, a cleaning woman in Illinois, “unlimited gift certificates to the Red Lobster.”
Since the release of Cult Following, Little Scream has stayed busy as a member of Richard Reed Parry’s Quiet River of Dust, touring with and co-writing songs from the albums Vol. 1: This Side of the River and Vol. 2: That Side of the River. A natural collaborator, she has appeared as a vocalist and/or guitarist on recordings for The National, The Barr Brothers, Will Butler, and Saltland, among others. She has appeared on two Red Hot compilations as well as charity singles to benefit the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Standing Rock.
Speed Queen release shows will be announced shortly.
AVAILABLE VIA DINE ALONE RECORDS
Media Only – Download Hi-Res Photo Here
TITLE-TRACK LEAD SINGLE “THE MOUNTAIN MAN” AVAILABLE TODAY (8/14)
PRE-ORDER “THE MOUNTAIN MAN” HERE
LIMITED EDITION PHYSICAL COPIES AND MERCH PACKAGES AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 12TH
Toronto, ON (August 14, 2019) – Singer, songwriter, storyteller, troubadour. Just a few of the words that can be used to describe Spencer Burton, who today, is pleased to announce his latest project “The Mountain Man”, available October 4th via Dine Alone Records. Burton’s first foray into children’s music, “The Mountain Man” contains seven kid-friendly tracks, capturing the nostalgia of childhood while remaining true to his laid back melodic roots, to create a record that can be enjoyed by all ages. Available digitally today is the title-track single “The Mountain Man”, which Burton wrote as an ode to the power and beauty of nature, “in hopes of showing the children of today that true riches are found in self-worth, and not in how much money one has.”
“The album itself as a whole wasn’t originally written for the public ear,” say Burton, a father of two. “I simply wrote these songs for my own children, something for them to sing along to as I played the guitar. I wrote songs that they wanted to hear with words that I thought they should hear; songs filled with morals and good messages. The kind folks at Dine Alone Records got wind that I had written children’s songs and they wanted to hear them. One thing led to another and now, because of them, the music will reach more children’s ears than just my own.”
Thoughtful lyricism, gifted storytelling and engaging messaging are all part of Burton’s charm, and have been a mainstay across his career. Burton last released a record in 2017, the intimate and “highly compelling” (Exclaim!) solo project “Songs Of”, but his versatility spans a musical life with hard core beginnings in Attack In Black, the somber strings of his acoustic guitar in the country-folk of Grey Kingdom, his collaborative years of writing and performing live in City and Colour and beyond.