july talk picturing love

July Talk release new video for ‘Picturing Love’

Toronto indie-rockers July Talk have just released a new video for their song Picturing Love. The release comes following the announcement they will be supporting Catfish & The Bottlemen on their UK run.

Co-vocalist Leah Fay says of the track: “We’ve talked a lot about the mainstream media’s depiction of love, romance and sex over the years. Particularly about how hetero-Hollywood porn affects the way young people discover sex and the unrealistic and male-pleasure-centric ideas it forms and perpetuates. The more that people buy into the examples of sex/romance they see, and the less they tune into the actual wants and needs of their bodies/hearts, the more fucked up sexual relationships can become. So lyrically it’s exploring that. Sexuality is complicated and curious and so much more than what mainstream media feeds us and suggests it is.

See the video below:

July Talk – Touch

July Talk‘s second album is released on Friday September 9th, and opens with the loud gruff vocals of Pete Dreimanis. The first impression was an assault on the ears until Leah Fay’s vocals mix into the chorus. The opening track, Picturing Love, is a great song to make the listener sit up and actually listen. The two singers seem to be arguing for vocal supremacy over the track and eventually find a harmonic balance.

There seems to be a mix of genres within the album that sits well within the alt-rock genre. Track 4, Johnny & Mary, lyrically sounds like the Step Off song from School of Rock in the chorus. The middle of the album contrasts the beginning with soft vocals from Dreimanis accompanied by piano, synth and soft guitar on Strange Habit. This album really shows off his vocal ranges from loud heavy shouting to super soft, almost whisper singing.

Push + Pull is the lead single from the album, which seems to be a mix of their style from their last album while simultaneously launching into something heavier. This makes it the perfect choice for a lead single, and it spent 12 weeks at the top of the Canadian Alternative Chart. However, a lot of bands these days seem to do the black and white video with shots of each musician playing their own instrument interspersed with weird dance moves.

The rest of the album deviates from the argumentative spirit of the opening track as the singers seem to swap lines instead of harmonise. Fay’s voice matches the guitar part in some tracks, whereas for the most part Dreimanis seems to be the ‘lead’ singer in this album. Towards the end of the album seems to get more mellow and samey.

Touch is the follow-up to their self-titled debut album and explores the themes of human connection which weighed heavily on the band during the album’s creation. Dreimanis comments on the album saying, “It seems to get easier every day to disconnect from the people around you. Leah and I started to see human touch as this pure thing—this antidote to a world that had become obsessed with mirrors and screens. We became fascinated with that moment where two bodies can actually touch and experience each other honestly.”

The album ends much like it began; with the two singers sparring for control but harmonising towards the end as tension builds with more and more backing vocals adding in. With an explosive ending to a varied album, it won’t leave you disappointed.

Great tracks: Lola + Joseph, Push + Pull, Picturing Love, Touch

High points: The difference between Fay’s higher pitched voice and Dreimanis’ gravelly voice combining to make something a bit different to most alternative rock on the market.

Low points: Too much repetition towards the end of their songs, and Jesus Said So.

Capsize Announce New Track

Post-hardcore quartet Capsize have released a new single ahead of their upcoming album release.

I Think It’s Best If We Don’t Talk Anymore is the second single the band have shown off before the release of their second album A Reintroduction: The Essence Of All That Surrounds Me, which will be released on Rude Records on 22nd July worldwide.

Vocalist Daniel Wand has been quoted as saying “This song is about knowing someone is probably better off without you, but not being able to walk away from it yourself. I really like the aggressive energy this song carries without it needing to have a defined ‘heavy part’. I pushed myself really hard on this song and it was the first song that I had ever recorded that had more singing than screaming, which was a very new and exciting feeling for me and the rest of the band.

Listen to it below and drop us a comment to tell us what you make of it!