Minotaurs latest effort, Weird Waves, is self-described as “apocalyptic-psychedelic afro-folk epic” and draws from disparate influences including psychedelic soul legend Curtis Mayfield, German mind-expanders Neu, and the sonic fuckery of Sun Araw (not to be confused with interstellar electronic jazz pioneer Sun Ra, though he’s undoubtedly in the mix somewhere as well). Weird Waves was constructed from studio jams with his killer live band, and then tinkered with at home, where Lawr added keyboard, drones and random sounds. “That way, I can just follow my instincts and not explain anything to anybody. It can be slightly peculiar: things entering and leaving at odd times. That’s really interesting to me as a listener. There’s a lot more room, it’s more relaxed.”
Lawr was last heard on Bry Webb and the Providers’ 2014 release, Live At Massey Hall. Weird Waves is his seventh album, and third as Minotaurs. The band has included, at various points, guest vocalists Sarah Harmer, Tamara Lindeman (Weather Station) and Ruth Minnikin; drummer Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith); bassist Kevin Lynn (King Cobb Steelie); Paul Aucoin (Hylozoists); saxophonist Jeremy Strachan (Feuermusik) and trombonist Steve Ward (Caribou).
Minotaur Spring Tour Dates:
04/07 – Guelph – The eBar, Kazoo! Fest
04/08 – Kingston – Central Public School
04/09 – Toronto – Massey Hall Presents @ The Drake Underground w. Kreative Kontrol & Piya Chattopadhyay
05/06 – Hamilton – This Ain’t Hollywood w/ Lee Reed
05/07 – Owen Sound – Heartwood Concert Hall