Courage My Love - Stereo

Canadian recording artists Courage My Love have released their new, sophomore album Synesthesia last Friday, February 3, via InVogue Records.
Produced by David Bendeth (Young Guns, Tonight Alive, Art Of Dying and a million more) and recorded in Toronto at Noble Studios and Pocket Studios, Synesthesia introduces a new arsenal of sounds for the Kitchener, Ontario, based trio who have made a name for themselves and built a strong following on a number of tours across North America and Europe.

Defined as a blending of the senses where the stimulation of one sense leads to an automatic, involuntary reaction in another, like hearing in colour, Synesthesia was titled to reflect Courage My Love's newfound stylistic maturity.

On Synthesthesia, Mercedes Arn-Horn, her sister Phoenix and Brandon Lockwood approached the songwriting phase with a poppier sensibility; Phoenix taught herself synth programming which helped shape the sound of the new album: thus CML's alternative and indie influenced songs have a new, mainstream appeal that should grant the band a huge success.

Take as example of the "new" sound the singles Stereo (watch the Emma Higgins-directed video clicking on the image) and Animal Heart. Or, even better, stream the whole new album on Spotify.

ANDREW McMAHON releases Synesthesia video Saturday, 15 June 2013 12:10 by madseason
andrew mcmahon - synesthesia

Andrew McMahon (formerly of Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin) has just released a video for "Synesthesia", the first single off the EP "The Pop Underground", his official debut as a solo artist, released last April 30.

The video was directed by Karl Hamilton and Karl Cooper: "we filmed the performance portion in Cooper's apartment with a projector, a bare white wall, my cannon 7d, a few friends and a little absinthe to make things interesting" said Andrew. "It was a moment of pride that after years of creating music in a fairly down and dirty fashion, the video process could now be similarly approached."

On related news, Jack's Mannequin will release "Live from the El Rey Theatre" on June 25 through Be Why and Alternative Distribution Alliance. Filmed over two nights on November 11th and 12th 2012 at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles at last year's 3rd annual Dear Jack Foundation Benefit Concert, the two shows mark the final performances from Jack's Mannequin, wrapping their critically acclaimed 7-year run. All net profits from the CD and DVD sales will go to the Dear Jack Foundation

ANDREW McMAHON starts his solo career Monday, 15 April 2013 00:03 by madseason
andrew mcmahon - the pop underground

"The Pop Underground" is the official debut as a solo artist for Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin mainman Andrew McMahon. The 4-track EP is produced by Tony Hoffer and is scheduled to be released in April 30, 2013. You can buy it in bundle with a 7" picture disc of the single "Synesthesia" that features as b-side the cover of America's "Sister Golden Hair Surprise".

Listen to "Synesthesia" now clicking on the image on the left.