STRANGE HEAVENS IS OFFICIALLY RELEASED! (June 2, 2017)
Download the EP for *free* on BandCamp and stream on your fave platforms over the next day or two!
Thanks to everyone who helped make this wee collection of songs move from fantasy to reality! Cassettes of Strange Heavens are available for order via BandCamp or for sale at upcoming shows (listed below).
I’m also excited to announce MOON LANDING, a collection of remixes of the Strange Heavens track Moon landing, also out today on Pop Quiz Records. Download it for *free* and easy…and listen on Soundcloud.
Thanks to Jon Vaughn for coordinating these remixes and to Ursa, 豆芽 and Pulsewidth for sharing their incredible musical visions. I am so honoured by your work.
AG A.K.A. NS XO
September 8 – Regina, SK @ SWAMP FEST (German Club)
July 8 – Regina, SK @ German Club with DJ Smoke Weed Guy + Firestarter
June 24 – Calgary, AB @ Broken City for Sled Island 2017
June 17 – Regina, SK @ Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre with The Florals, respectfulchild and Ursa (Facebook event)
May 26 – Regina, SK @ The Capital (DJ SET ONLY)
May 17 – Regina, SK @ O’Hanlon’s with Ghost Twin (Winnipeg, MVB) and 3 Ninjasks (Saskatoon) (Facebook event – free admission)
April 15 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo’s Cantina with Little Scream (Facebook event) 12$ advance, 15$ day-of
March 4 – Regina, SK @ The Mercury with Spationauts and Johnny 2 Fingers
Jan. 21 – Regina, SK @ Neutral Ground with Guidewire, Pulsewidth, s bot n wo + DJ Talukdar
Jan. 14 – Saskatoon, SK @PAVEDarts with Ursa, respectful child and Lip Forest
Jan. 13 – Regina, SK @Drone Factory with Ursa, respectful child and Lip Forest
Sept. 17 – Regina, SK @ Creative City Centre – Pop Up Downtown 2016
Sept. 4 – Regina, SK @ Drone Factory with Psychic Pollution
Natural Sympathies is the solo project of Regina-based musician Amber Goodwyn, formerly of the Montreal bands Cobra & Vulture and Nightwood. Trading her former guitar music for low-fi, pared-down pop ditties, Natural Sympathies is an eclectic mix of playful vocal harmonies, urgent lyrics, elemental drum machine beats, organ and synth. With an engaging stage personality and a high energy set filled with amateur dancing and audience participation, no one leaves the venue untouched by her enthusiasm for A Good Time.
Song Premiere! – Natural Sympathies “Space Invaders” – Runaway Pup
“The beat provided by Jeremy MacCuish is propulsive, the persistent handclaps sounding less like happy applause and more dire, like a teacher urging you to move. Goodwyn’s vocal is well written to compliment the crisp sounds by switching between explosive, disjunct phrases and more lyrical melodic lines. The space provided in the chorus for a tweeting motive to playfully answer the words creates wonderful counterpoint, considering the previous lyric was “cannibalism”.
[LISTEN] NATURAL SYMPATHIES – SPACE INVADERS – Ride The Tempo
Regina is perhaps not the place you’d expect music with such urban slickness and immediacy. However, despite the impressive “future gloom” provided by the beats of Jeremy MacCuish, it is the intelligent and sympathetic vocal performance of Amber Goodwyn that elevates this tune beyond mere engaging electronic pop.
6 NEW ALBUMS FROM SASK. MUSICIANS THAT YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO RIGHT NOW WHY NOT – Ominocity
“Opening with a blast of gleeful electro energy comes “Space Invaders”, the latest single in advance of the Strange Heavens EP from Regina’s Natural Sympathies. Despite the rigidity of the beats and the driving handclaps, “Space Invaders” still feels highly fluid, with light atmospheres shifting between sparseness, crystalline synth-lines and a varied vocal delivery that ranges between chorus-fiery and woozy disorientation”.
MUSIC THE BEST NEW MUSIC OF 2016: WE REVIEW NINE OF THE MOST OKAYIST SASK ARTISTS – Ominocity
“Featuring stripped-down percussion beats, obtuse synth sounds and melodic vocals comes the premiere single from Regina’s Natural Sympathies. The solo EP comes via Amber Goodwyn, her first music project post-Cobra & Vulture, a Montreal guitar-drums trio. While the drum machine pops and propels, Goodwyn’s strong voice takes center stage with loops providing a ping-pong backing effect amidst the occasional stark guitar chug. It’s a satisfying listen that seems to hint that there is much more pulsing and oscillations to come.”
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Gem Heart image by Phomohobes (cover of Strange Heavens EP)