RIYL: Destroyer, Frog Eyes, St. Vincent, Beth Gibbons

Label: JAZ Records

Yet another wonderful record from JAZ Records that a) has yet to be written up on our fine website and b) something I don’t recall hearing about, much less reading about last year. WZO was released last February and then… I guess it seems to have fallen by the wayside. However, you can fix that with some of that green stuff in your pockets. I’m all the more surprised I haven’t seen anything about it especially since Hello Blue Roses is something of a Canadian supergroup. It hosts Dan Bejar (Destroyer / The New Pornographers / Swan Lake), Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes / Swan Lake), and Josh Wells (Black Mountain / Destroyer) among others. Hell0 Blue Roses’ lead singer, Sydney Hermant is a haunting… soprano I believe? A range not often heard in music (at least to my limited knowledge…). For what you’ll hear on WZO, imagine Portishead if they were to take a more organic approach to their production. Listen to WZO below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Sydney Hermant – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, gong | Daniel Bejar – vocals, acoustic guitar, organ, arp | Carey Mercer – electric guitar, drum machines, percussion, effects. arp | Melanie Campbell – drums | Terri Upton – bass | Josh Wells – bongos | artwork by Jen Weih

distributed by : Revolver USA (Worldwide)

JAZ Records is proud to present the long-awaited, second HELLO BLUE ROSES LP, WZO. It was produced by CAREY MERCER (FROG EYES, BLACKOUT BEACH) at his Quadraticus Studios in Vancouver, early 2014, and bears the stamp of the cooked guitars and echoing beats associated with that room. The record is haunted by HERMANT’s etherized and insistent vocals about women and ghosts, accompanied by her guitar drones and plucks. Holding it down are MELANIE CAMPBELL and TERRI UPTON (FROG EYES rhythm section on loan), JOSH WELLS (BLACK MOUNTAIN, LIGHTNING DUST, SUR UN PLAGE, DESTROYER) with yet another star bongo turn, and Mercer himself, whose singular axework, drum progamming and live knob-twiddling are a cornerstone of the WZO Sound. Oh yeah, and DAN BEJAR (DESTROYER) gently strums away, bababaing in the background, Spector-ing whole days of work spent without him, or making everyone sandwiches. A record made in the midst of regular life, jobs and strikes, the beach and the backyard, children-negotiating. WZO is a limited edition run on original giclee print by Vancouver-based artist JEN WEIH.

Price $17

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