Lately electro-pop or synth-pop has been dominating the airwaves with acts like PVRIS, CHVRCHES and Halsey and all of it is outstanding. But sometimes, a little bit of organic, analog music is what the soul craves. Well, Midnight Vesta provides that refreshing sound on their sophomore release, Seconds. And how organic is their new album? Well, they recorded the entire album in a converted auto garage in East Toronto and the production is clean and vibrant.
Their debut EP, Sleight of Hand, was “a banjo driven folk band” sound, but the quartet from Toronto evolved into an electric guitar and storytelling band that is layered with comforting, natural harmonies. Their songs are filled with losing loved ones, old relationships flaming out, and new prospective chances. Midnight Vesta states, “It’s all about transitions.”
And yes, the transition of blending of folk-rock, bluegrass and southern rock genres into a melting pot of The Lumineers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and early Mumford & Sons equates to a uniquely Midnight Vesta sound they call Canadiana. It is a fitting name for their transition to a folk rock band.
The Canadian band’s first single off of Seconds, “Moving Day”, is the perfect track to show off the new and improved sound. It is heartwarming, enchanting single that is about starting over and changes. It also showcases the range of vocalists/guitarists Peter Jarvis and Collin Carnegie and the Midnight Vesta‘s cohesiveness as a band. In addition to Jarvis and Carnegie, who also plays the organ, Nicholas Posthumus (bass), Robert Patterson (percussion), Kintaro Akiyama (upright bass) and Chris Blades (banjo/vocal), are in sync with no one part overpowering the other and like the song, the rest of the album is balanced and fraught with thoughtful lyrics.
Another of the standouts is “Annie”. It comes across as a bit of a stalker song, but the melodic, up-tempo track is fun and catchy. And again with it being recorded in an auto garage, the tone and decay of the music is wonderfully subtle. So if you are in need of something a little more organic or something that has fun, down-to-earth melodies, then pick up Seconds by Midnight Vesta. You will not be disappointed.
You will be able to pick up the new album, Seconds by Midnight Vesta on May 19, 2017 or pre-order it: HERE. And like them on Facebook to catch all of the latest news and tour dates! In the meantime, check out their video for “Moving Day” below!