Following the release of his debut LP, Alex Calder returns with a cassette release of home recordings and a handful of select tour dates…Read More
Edmonton, Canada is is better known for its oil exports than its songwriters. However, 23 year old Alex Calder is taking a strong step in towards this changing. Shifting to Vancouver saw Alex pairing with fellow Edmontonion Mac Demarco (that’s Alex as the female lead in the “Only You” video) playing in Makeout Videotape, scraping by, sleeping on couches and washing dishes. A move back to his mom’s in Edmonton was when Calder began to write and record his own material honing his craft only ever showing close friends his work.
A strong love for classic 60’s/70’s guitar pop (Beach Boys, Beatles) as well as soft spots for Prince and Hall and Oates display his self proclaimed ‘fascination with pop music’. While his influences certainly shape his work it is his natural ear for melody and movement, which make Calder’s work both fluid and engaging. His knack and ambition both in his song writing and production provide a solid foundation for Calder’s music to drift in an out of psychy realms.
‘Suki and Me’ has an air of mischief as it is tardily pushed along by it’s bass line, (apt for someone who’s perfect evening involves unlimited pinball and Bud) while avoiding the temptation that often comes with self-recording/producing to over layer his work. There are no over drenched chorus or walls of sound, instead leaving space for melody and texture to be neatly co-existent. Alex has found the sweet spot between slacker pop jangle and snug rhymtic production to create reassurance his songs have a are going somewhere.
To call his music lazy would be misdirected however, the sense of dragging is delicately addressed in almost voyeuristically in Lethargic. Intimate handclaps and shakers make it easy for one to visualize the living from which it came as Calder’s questions what to do with his time both literally and existentially.
Earlier this year, Alex Calder released his debut album, Strange Dreams, released by Captured Tracks. Today, he announced a summer tour, including a string of…Read More
Alex Calder shares his favourite five albums with us. His picks include titles by Broadcast, David Bowie, and Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks. Alex…Read More
Alex Calder recently released Strange Dreams, his first full-length for Captured Tracks. Like many other artists on the label, Calder draws influence from 60s…Read More
Calvin Love has announced that he has signed with Arts & Crafts, the Toronto-based record label. To celebrate the announcement, Calvin is sharing a…Read More
Last month, Alex Calder released his debut album, Strange Dreams. In support of its release, he will be playing a string of dates, kicking…Read More
Colour me surprised, even mystified, by Strange Dreams. The melancholy boy I first saw behind the two-piece drum-kit of Mac DeMarco’s Makeout Videotape in…Read More
Next month, January 20th, Alex Calder will release his debut album Strange Dreams. In anticipation of its release, he will be playing a string…Read More
After putting in time with fellow Edmontonian Mac DeMarco in Makeout Videotape, Alex packed away his drums to perfect his songwriting. Moving back to his mother’s house, he was able to write and record his first solo efforts in 2013. Alex Calder’s sophomore release with Captured Tracks is as familiar as it is foreign—bringing together both various melodies and texture to create tidy, acid-induced pop sequences. Although drawing:Read More
Edmonton, Canada is is better known for its oil exports than its songwriters. However, 23 year old Alex Calder is taking a strong step in towards this changing. Shifting to Vancouver saw Alex pairing with fellow Edmontonion Mac Demarco,Read More
The EP begins with “Suki and Me”, loaded with dreamy wanderlust lyrics over a song-driving bass line. Alex Calder doesn’t have the pipes of a Grohl or even a Ringo (possibly why the vocal track is mixed lower than the other instruments), however he does have something to sayRead More