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Andy Shauf


The Party is the ANTI- (Arts & Crafts in Canada) full-length debut for this Canadian songwriter, who grew up in small-town Saskatchewan.

Awkward characters show up “Early to the Party,” and either reveal life-changing secrets (“To You”) or try their hardest to reveal nothing at all (“The Magician”). In “a city the size of a dinner plate,” everyone knew the guy who keeled over dead after smoking what he promised would be his last pack of cigarettes (“Alexander All Alone”). The girl dancing by herself, unselfconsciously, in the middle of the room, with the “Eyes of Them All” upon her. One moment you’re dancing with someone who bears an uncanny resemblance to your ex (“Martha Sways”), and later you start slagging your best friend as way of endearing yourself to his recently dumped ex (“Quite Like You”).

The Party is not exactly a concept record, but it was a way for the singer-songwriter to get out of his own head. An after-party record, more like it. Or for the hangover the next day, when only Shauf’s songs can make any sense of the emotionally-charged scenarios that played out the night before.

When The Party was over, Shauf had no regrets—even if its characters have more than a few.

"★★★★" - MOJO

"★★★★- Canadian troubadour Andy Shauf is a find." - The Guardian

"★★★★...understated, imaginative chamber pop." - The Irish Times

"The Party is definitely worth celebrating." - UNCUT

"The Party is relatable and honest, simply marvelous. 9/10." - Exclaim!

"...Shauf really comes into his own on The Party." - Paste

"Every so often, you'll come across an artist who writes records like novels, pairing lyricism and expertly crafted instrumentals with rich storytelling, and Andy Shauf is surely one of them." - Nylon

"Andy's Shauf's acoustic songs made me think of the late Elliott Smith's beautiful music in that they sound intricate and ghostly." - NME

andyshauf.com / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Bandcamp

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Andy Shauf


The Party is the ANTI- (Arts & Crafts in Canada) full-length debut for this Canadian songwriter, who grew up in small-town Saskatchewan.

Awkward characters show up “Early to the Party,” and either reveal life-changing secrets (“To You”) or try their hardest to reveal nothing at all (“The Magician”). In “a city the size of a dinner plate,” everyone knew the guy who keeled over dead after smoking what he promised would be his last pack of cigarettes (“Alexander All Alone”). The girl dancing by herself, unselfconsciously, in the middle of the room, with the “Eyes of Them All” upon her. One moment you’re dancing with someone who bears an uncanny resemblance to your ex (“Martha Sways”), and later you start slagging your best friend as way of endearing yourself to his recently dumped ex (“Quite Like You”).

The Party is not exactly a concept record, but it was a way for the singer-songwriter to get out of his own head. An after-party record, more like it. Or for the hangover the next day, when only Shauf’s songs can make any sense of the emotionally-charged scenarios that played out the night before.

When The Party was over, Shauf had no regrets—even if its characters have more than a few.

"★★★★" - MOJO

"★★★★- Canadian troubadour Andy Shauf is a find." - The Guardian

"★★★★...understated, imaginative chamber pop." - The Irish Times

"The Party is definitely worth celebrating." - UNCUT

"The Party is relatable and honest, simply marvelous. 9/10." - Exclaim!

"...Shauf really comes into his own on The Party." - Paste

"Every so often, you'll come across an artist who writes records like novels, pairing lyricism and expertly crafted instrumentals with rich storytelling, and Andy Shauf is surely one of them." - Nylon

"Andy's Shauf's acoustic songs made me think of the late Elliott Smith's beautiful music in that they sound intricate and ghostly." - NME

andyshauf.com / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Bandcamp

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Lido Pimienta


Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator. She has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002, exploring the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American diaspora and vernacular.

Her most recent album La Papessa was self-released, and the winner of the 2017 Polaris Music Prize, building momentum on a busy year that has included collaborating and performing with A Tribe Called Red, touring with Austra, publishing a graphic novel, creating visual artworks and contributing to art talks and exhibitions. 

We are beyond excited to be working with this incredibly talented, innovative, and daring multi-disciplinary artist. Dig into La Papessa and check out the video for "La Capacidad".

 

PRESS

PITCHFORK: The Pitch > Why You Need to Know Lido Pimienta

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta an unlikely success story

FADER: Meet Lido Pimienta, the Art Pop Warrior of the Latinx Underground

BANDCAMP: Lido Pimienta, the High Priestess of Pop

CBC q: How Lido Pimienta found freedom in music

Bandcamp / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Lido Pimienta


Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator. She has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002, exploring the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American diaspora and vernacular.

Her most recent album La Papessa was self-released, and the winner of the 2017 Polaris Music Prize, building momentum on a busy year that has included collaborating and performing with A Tribe Called Red, touring with Austra, publishing a graphic novel, creating visual artworks and contributing to art talks and exhibitions. 

We are beyond excited to be working with this incredibly talented, innovative, and daring multi-disciplinary artist. Dig into La Papessa and check out the video for "La Capacidad".

 

PRESS

PITCHFORK: The Pitch > Why You Need to Know Lido Pimienta

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta an unlikely success story

FADER: Meet Lido Pimienta, the Art Pop Warrior of the Latinx Underground

BANDCAMP: Lido Pimienta, the High Priestess of Pop

CBC q: How Lido Pimienta found freedom in music

Bandcamp / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

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Kacy & Clayton


Kacy & Clayton are second cousins who hail from the Wood Mountain uplands of Southern Saskatchewan. Their latest album The Siren’s Song was released via New West Records last year, a 9-song set produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and recorded by Tom Schick at Wilco’s The Loft in Chicago, IL.

The Siren’s Song is the follow up to their acclaimed 2015 New West Records debut Strange Country, and for the first time incorporates full, electric band arrangements, raising the bar on their amalgamation of psychedelic folk, English folk revival and the ancestral music of Southern Appalachia. The record showcases the startlingly expressive voice of Kacy Anderson combined with the intricate guitar work and warm harmonies of second cousin and musical partner Clayton Linthicum. They make music that seems to exist outside of time, tapping into centuries of tradition while effortlessly channelling fundamental human truths.

PRESS

"Continuing to explore the vast waters of country, folk and psychedelia, The Siren's Song is another monumental leap forward for Kacy & Clayton." - Aquarium Drunkard

"'60s folk revival and gothic cosmic country join together seamlessly..." - MOJO

"...ageless and beguiling, a classic record for this or any other time." - Uncut

Kacy & Clayton


Kacy & Clayton are second cousins who hail from the Wood Mountain uplands of Southern Saskatchewan. Their latest album The Siren’s Song was released via New West Records last year, a 9-song set produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and recorded by Tom Schick at Wilco’s The Loft in Chicago, IL.

The Siren’s Song is the follow up to their acclaimed 2015 New West Records debut Strange Country, and for the first time incorporates full, electric band arrangements, raising the bar on their amalgamation of psychedelic folk, English folk revival and the ancestral music of Southern Appalachia. The record showcases the startlingly expressive voice of Kacy Anderson combined with the intricate guitar work and warm harmonies of second cousin and musical partner Clayton Linthicum. They make music that seems to exist outside of time, tapping into centuries of tradition while effortlessly channelling fundamental human truths.

PRESS

"Continuing to explore the vast waters of country, folk and psychedelia, The Siren's Song is another monumental leap forward for Kacy & Clayton." - Aquarium Drunkard

"'60s folk revival and gothic cosmic country join together seamlessly..." - MOJO

"...ageless and beguiling, a classic record for this or any other time." - Uncut

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Michael Rault


Edmonton-born, Montreal-based garage rocker Michael Rault has built a steady legion of fans on the strength of his hooky, raucous live shows and stunning 2015 LP Living Daylight (Burger Records). Wielding influences that read like a best of the 50s, 60s & 70s, Rault breathes fresh air into staling genres, creating a sound that echoes the past without leaning on it as a crutch.

 
"Rault belongs to a growing legion of modern-day garage-spawned rockersThe Smith Westerns and Foxygen among themwho seem less interested in mining the standard British Invasion/Nuggets/CBGB continuum than the phenomena that sprung up between those movements: bubblegum, glam, Rundgrenian soft-rock, solo-Beatle solipsism. Recorded partially at home and in an Edmonton studio with Rault's cousin Renny Wilson, (his latest LP) Living Daylight strikes a playfully wobbly balance between in-the-room rawness and cerebral strangeness. And when Rault pounces on the fuzz pedallike on the T. Rex boogie of "Real Love (Yeah)" or the Plastic Ono blues of "Hiding From a Heartache"the ensuing distortion feels less decorative than rhythmic, like the subliminal rev of a car motor." - Stuart Berman, Pitchfork
 

michaelrault.com / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Bandcamp

Michael Rault


Edmonton-born, Montreal-based garage rocker Michael Rault has built a steady legion of fans on the strength of his hooky, raucous live shows and stunning 2015 LP Living Daylight (Burger Records). Wielding influences that read like a best of the 50s, 60s & 70s, Rault breathes fresh air into staling genres, creating a sound that echoes the past without leaning on it as a crutch.

 
"Rault belongs to a growing legion of modern-day garage-spawned rockersThe Smith Westerns and Foxygen among themwho seem less interested in mining the standard British Invasion/Nuggets/CBGB continuum than the phenomena that sprung up between those movements: bubblegum, glam, Rundgrenian soft-rock, solo-Beatle solipsism. Recorded partially at home and in an Edmonton studio with Rault's cousin Renny Wilson, (his latest LP) Living Daylight strikes a playfully wobbly balance between in-the-room rawness and cerebral strangeness. And when Rault pounces on the fuzz pedallike on the T. Rex boogie of "Real Love (Yeah)" or the Plastic Ono blues of "Hiding From a Heartache"the ensuing distortion feels less decorative than rhythmic, like the subliminal rev of a car motor." - Stuart Berman, Pitchfork
 

michaelrault.com / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Bandcamp

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Trails


Trails


Trails is the solo project of Allie O'Manique, a young, prolific songwriter living just outside of Ottawa's city limits, whose music weaves reverb-laden guitars through layers of smoky alto vocals. Trails’ live performances are legendary, drawing the room into a psychedelic haze, looping vocals and guitars and channeling the likes of Mazzy Star and Beach House.

She was awarded the MEGAPHONO artist residency in 2017, and went on to record with Evening Hymns' Jonas Bonnetta, with whom she is currently producing new music for a future release.

"Leave Her Be" is the first fruit from these recordings; a beautiful but painfully raw recounting of a difficult relationship, delivered with the confidence of a mid-career artist. At 18, Allie is far from it; for Trails, the best is surely yet to come.

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About


Michael Rault

Kelp Management is a division of Kelp Records, a label and artist services company formed in 1994 by Jon Bartlett.

Based in Ottawa, Canada, Kelp has spent much of its time as a record label focused on pushing music from the National Capital Region, before migrating into management and artist services in 2010. 

Kelp's sister company MEGAPHONO also formed in 2010 to push music for synch licensing in film, TV and video games. MEGAPHONO has grown into a music showcase festival that takes place annually in early February in Ottawa.