That's right, I composed and recorded the soundtrack to the short documentary "World Famous Gopher Hole Museum" by Chelsea McMullan and Doug Nayler about this curious tourist attraction in Alberta. It premiered at TIFF and was really good to see in the big theatre surround sound. I made this poster for it too.
September 22, 2015
WENT ON TV (INTERNET TV) FOR JC
I got asked to talk about a wonderful album by a friend on TV for the Polaris Prize. So I said what I thought:
In the opening song of Pink City, Jennifer Castle asks the question: "Can anybody hear me?"
Today's songwriter contends with so much opposition to the craft:
There's the disaffected ear of a dominant culture that's forgotten poetry.
There's the planned obsolescence of song, expected to stream forth, perpetually new.
There are still men relegating women's voices to ornament.
And there is the fear sown by government and industry, muffling those who warn against the hollowing of the land.
The songs on Pink City both address and transcend these hostile conditions. Jennifer Castle, with voice, guitar and piano, sings together truths of the body, poverty, our part in nature, labour of all kinds, the will. The album is sometimes unsettling, sometimes friendly, oblique in form, and still direct.
And so to the question "Can Anybody hear me?" the answer is "Yes." And more people will, right now.
I would call her singular but for the fact that she sings for so many.
Friends of all genders, your 2015 Polaris Music Prize short list nominee for Pink City, the undeniable Jennifer Castle.
You should get that record.
July 15, 2015
MADE A VIDEO FOR MY BAND "THE HIGHEST ORDER"