October 20th, 2008
In 2008, most people heard word of Brian Borcherdt because of his experimental “side” project Holy Fuck – widely known in the blogosphere for, well, being generally awesome, as well as for participating in Radiohead’s Nude remix challenge. Oh, and Holy Fuck was also nominated for (and I have to say it: robbed of) this year’s Polaris Prize. But what a lot of people probably don’t know is that Brian Borcherdt has a hauntingly stunning singing voice that requires little more than a few strings accompanying it to produce wonderful sounds that you want to hear over and over again. And that’s where he got his start.
I first heard Brian Borcherdt about four years ago when he released his solo album The Remains Of Brian Borcherdt and must have seen him perform that album a half dozen time in a span of a few months at various showcases. His voice in a live setting is truly something to behold – really luscious and layered with vocal effects, but sounding just as great bare, on its own. Then Holy Fuck grew wings and I was left to wonder if there’d be any more of the soft stuff of his that I love so much…well, here it is.
Coyotes was released just last week on October 7 and it’s STUNNING. According to the label’s bio, the songs were recorded in a good friend’s living room, touched up a tiny bit with additional instrumentation, and pressed as is – no fancy after effects or glossy production.
My favourite track on the album is the title track, which has a wonderful strings arrangement and the most tender vocals – they’re barely spoken at all. All seven of the album’s songs are worth a listen and have been getting repeat plays in recent weeks. Have a listen on MySpace and don’t miss the chance to see Brian perform the tracks live if he’s passing through your city on one of the tour dates below!
Canadian Tour Dates:
October 25 @ Halifax Pop, Halifax
November 28 @ Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver
November 30 @ Grand Theatre, Calgary
December 1 @ Myer Horowitz Theatre, Edmonton
December 2 @ Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon
December 3 @ Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg
December 5 @ Gig Theatre, Kitchener
December 6 @ Danforth Music Hall, Toronto