Now Playing: New Vinyl, CD, Album Review and Music Videos
Coast to Coast has arrived!
The brand new 12" vinyl pressing, and accompanying CD copies, are both in my hands and mailing around the country to people's turntables. Shipping out within 48 hours of ordering! Available three months before the record is released publicly on streaming services worldwide, so go grab your own copy now:
Two new music videos have been released from Coast to Coast, enjoy them right here!
And, proudly presenting the very first album review for Coast to Coast, written by CBC broadcast veteran and author of Top 100 Canadian Albums, Bob Mersereau: MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: THE SUN HARMONIC'S COAST TO COAST
"Here's a labour of love, a love of travel, and a travail to put together in trying Covid times. The Sun Harmonic is the band project of Kaleb Hikele, who does all sorts of styles awesomely. This album was a road trip, quite literally recorded as he crossed from the Pacific to the Atlantic in 2018, indoors and out, onstage and off. While the recordings proper happened in Vancouver Island, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax, bits and pieces were collected, added, and inspired by spots large and small. "Flying Over Saskatchewan" takes its title from the obvious, while some ocean waves were recorded on Cape Breton Island to give the true coast-to-coast flavour.
At the same time, Hikele avoided the obvious cliches, and didn't get bogged down in naming-checking lots of places or writing about Canada. Instead, the inspirations are more personal and subtle, with love for family being the larger theme. "Ocean" may mention on island on the west coast, but it's about a much-loved child. "Build A Boat" is a metaphor for finding a way past troubles, sailing on positivity. As a whole, the album is about the people and the places we hold in our hearts.
"Flying Over Saskatchewan" is an acoustic rave-up, with some fine riffs and gang vocals in the chorus, fast and fun. But for the most part, these are lovely, touching songs, gently performed, highlighted by Hikele's tender voice. The highlight is the closing track, "The Grand Old Lady Sails Away," apparently the last performance on the stage of Massey Hall before its major reno. Recorded with one mic in front of a small group of people, the fitting tribute to the hall is quite beautiful, and shows just how pure his voice is.
The album is being launched in stages; You can buy an early copy now on vinyl and CD, and digital downloads and streaming will arrive Oct. 1. All the info is at https://thesunharmonic.bandcamp.com"
Lastly, please enjoy my livestream, UNPLUGGED (acoustic songs around the house/studio, June 2021)