Release: “Oh Great Rose” by Monuments and Statues


From Kingston, Ontario comes folk-pop band Monuments and Statues with their beautiful sounding new-single “Oh Great Rose.” This song acts as a teaser to the upcoming LP titled Fractals which is expected to drop in February 2015. “Oh Great Rose” has the perfect male and female harmony part throughout the song. We especially love the vibe of the banjo! All you folk-rockers will love this!

You can stream the song through soundcloud:

“Oh Great Rose!” features heavily intertwined vocal harmonies backed by rhythmic banjo and the eventual buildup of layered cello. Written in the midst of personal upheaval, “Oh Great Rose!” is a breezy number with a folksy figure, reflecting the vulnerability of love. Monuments & Statues’ overall sound owes much of its influence to vintage Mother Mother, Sufjan Stevens, romantic era classical music, and Simon and Garfunkel.

We can’t find much info about Monuments and Statues online but their music is great and we are looking forward to their upcoming record! Banjo on!

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Kyle Cox is releasing “The Plan, The Mess” on Double Vinyl

We reviewed Kyle Cox’s new LP a few weeks ago. We are excited to announce that Kyle Cox has linked up with Something to Break Records and is releasing his wonderful work of art on vinyl. Side A/B is pressed on standard black vinyl and Side C/D is pressed on milky white vinyl. There are 3 songs on each side. Each record that is pre-ordered will come with a free digital download of the album. Only 300 copies of this 150-gram double-vinyl are to be pressed and each will be hand numbered. Add “The Plan, The Mess” to your collection, Pre-order now!

It seems that vinyl is making a come-back as indie artists are beginning to release on vinyl at a higher rate. Vinyl is the best form of listening. It’s more clear. It’s more real. It’s tangible.

“Mike Marsh of the Avett Brothers worked with indie-artist Kyle Cox to record an album called “The Plan, The Mess.” This album, recorded in Nashville, is set to release on September 30th, 2014. Feel like you can’t wait ’til September to hear this record? You can stream one song called “I Ain’t Been Lonely, Until I Met You” on American Songwriter Magazine. Kyle Cox has been featured in this magazine 5 times and is the only aritst to win their lyric contest twice. This particular song placed 3rd in the magazine’s most recent Lyric Contest.” – Rock The Pigeon


Folk-Singer Ryan Cassata’s movie “Songs For Alexis” appearing worldwide


“Ryan is a passionate and talented 18-year-old musician with long hair, a lip ring, dark glasses and loose jeans, who rarely lets his acoustic guitar slip from his side. He met his 16-year-old girlfriend, Alexis, during summer camp the year before and they fell madly in love. After appearing on a television talk show, Ryan’s popularity as a musician grows and he becomes a bit of an icon in the transgender world (he began his transition from girl to boy four years earlier). But his girlfriend’s parents disapprove of their relationship and the pair must confront the harsh realities of the adult world. Alexis will have to choose between her family and the man she loves. This is an inspiring coming of age story about two teenagers who, with surprising poise and resolve, try to assert their identities in a sometimes unwelcoming world.”
– Juan Baquero (Hot Docs, Toronto)

Songs For Alexis, follows folk-singer, Ryan Cassata in his pursuit to follow young love. Songs For Alexis was directed by Elvira Lind and released earlier this year at Hot Docs in Toronto. This documentary film has recieved an incredible 7.4 star rating (out of 10) on IMDB. This month Songs For Alexis is traveling around the world and will appear in Chicago (Reeling Film Festival), London (Raindance Film Festival), and Sydney (Mardi Gras Festival).

Tickets for Reeling (Chicago).
Tickets for Mardi Gras (Sydney).
Tickets for Raindance (London).

Songs For Alexis features a soundtrack made up of all of Ryan Cassata’s original songs. The most popular song being “Oh, Alexis” which also plays in the movie’s teaser. The soundtrack can be purchased on itunes. Cassata performed “Oh, Alexis” live at Hot Docs Film Festival and Frameline38. If you can’t go out and see the movie, pick up the movie soundtrack!