12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Edmonton, Canada’s Calvin Love describes his music as “electronic garage pop,” which seems fitting upon hearing his 2012 solo debut album, New Radar. The lo-fi opener, “Konica,” resonates with a healthy balance of DIY and innovation. Love sings in a demure tenor over primitive drum-machine simplicity while new wave synths are muted by the tape hiss of an antiquated four-track. Having played in punk bands since the dawn of his teenage years, Love did indeed record these songs in motel rooms, bus stations, and his bedroom studio while touring with various projects. “Destroyer” shows his penchant for collaging sounds and textures to create hushed-pop masterpieces on par with Ariel Pink's. Here he lets the slide guitar’s melody travel to places that his near-monotone voice can’t reach. In “Magic Hearts,” he throws some Speak & Spell–sounding effects on his voice. It sounds more interesting than the current trend to over-tweak Auto-Tune, and it fits perfectly with the rough edges of his scratchy four-track resonance.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Edmonton, Canada’s Calvin Love describes his music as “electronic garage pop,” which seems fitting upon hearing his 2012 solo debut album, New Radar. The lo-fi opener, “Konica,” resonates with a healthy balance of DIY and innovation. Love sings in a demure tenor over primitive drum-machine simplicity while new wave synths are muted by the tape hiss of an antiquated four-track. Having played in punk bands since the dawn of his teenage years, Love did indeed record these songs in motel rooms, bus stations, and his bedroom studio while touring with various projects. “Destroyer” shows his penchant for collaging sounds and textures to create hushed-pop masterpieces on par with Ariel Pink's. Here he lets the slide guitar’s melody travel to places that his near-monotone voice can’t reach. In “Magic Hearts,” he throws some Speak & Spell–sounding effects on his voice. It sounds more interesting than the current trend to over-tweak Auto-Tune, and it fits perfectly with the rough edges of his scratchy four-track resonance.

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About Calvin Love

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canadian singer/songwriter Calvin Love plays a mix of lo-fi, bedroom indie, and lush, darkly romantic pop. After a five-year stint cutting his teeth with various bands in Los Angeles, Love returned to Edmonton to make his first solo effort New Radar, which was released in 2012 by Aquarium Drunkard imprint Autumn Tone Records. Emerging from the same vibrant Canadian scene as contemporaries Mac DeMarco, Alex Calder, and Sean Nicholas Savage, Love established himself as a pop stylist with an atmospheric bent and a keen ear for melody. After a period of heavy touring, he returned to the studio to record his sophomore release, Super Future, which arrived in June 2015. ~ Timothy Monger

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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