Album Review: Autocondo, ‘Candice Chantrell and Oceanship’

Album Review: Autocondo, ‘Candice Chantrell and Oceanship’

This Toronto-based band is built on the talents of three singer/songwriters: Neil Chapman, Tony Duggan-Smith (Pukka Orchestra, Alanah Myles) and TV/film music composer Russell Walker. Combined, they put together an effortless debut that hints at influences including George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan (also known as The Travelling Wilburys). Autocondo’s debut is […]

This Toronto-based band is built on the talents of three singer/songwriters: Neil Chapman, Tony Duggan-Smith (Pukka Orchestra, Alanah Myles) and TV/film music composer Russell Walker. Combined, they put together an effortless debut that hints at influences including George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan (also known as The Travelling Wilburys). Autocondo’s debut is full of catchy vocal melodies, polished guitar hooks and some of this year’s most inspiring and soulful organ and keyboard licks. The production on the record is flawless as you hear every nuance simply because every instrument has room to breathe. Listening to this record reminds me of first time I heard “Try” by Blue Rodeo – and every time after that first listen you fall in love with it all over again. (Independent) ~ 4 Stars.

Candice Chantrell, Behind the Mic: One listen to Candice Chantrell’s debut album reveals a very talented singer trying to find her own style and sound. However, the big problem here is the producers controlling the knobs are fishing for a crossover hit single. What they capture is “Down to the Disco” – an early ‘90s mess of funk, hip-hop and pop all bunched together in the hopes of it sticking to a dance radio format. The majority of the record cycles this fundamental formula and fails even on repeated listens. Still, Chantrell has a mature and strong pop voice that will find its place sooner than later. If the title track says anything, we will hear her in the pop/jazz category on the next release. (Muzak Haus) ~ 2 Stars

Oceanship, Oceanship: The captains of this ship are Brad Lyons (Vocals/Guitar) and Carly Paradis (Keys, Vocals). What they capture on tape is an astounding debut that is all at once catchy radio-pop, experimental audio freak-outs, and epic piano-driven rock. Think of a mix between Coldplay’s Parachutes’ honest, down-to-earth lyrics with The Tindersticks’ natural, emotional musical ambience. My personal favourites include “GO” and “Mistake;” both are backed by Noel Webb (drums), Kevin Dworak (electric guitar) and Dan Coniglio (bass), and are heightened by the bands sudden viciousness – as if this is their last chance to record. An impressive debut by one of Canada’s most talented bands, the major labels would be out of their minds not to pick up Oceanship. (Independent) ~ 4 Stars.