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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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This album is awesome. Really thoughtful and sparsely written tracks. Minimal punk rock pop all of these adjectives apply. I'm really digging. You will not be disappointed.

its good!

very different but a good different.

love calvin love

I saw this guy open for mac demarco recently and was really impressed by his set. I stumbled into this record on itunes before and kinda dismissed him after a few of the previews. But after seeing him live I had to give him a full listen and I gotta say I've really fallen in (calvin) love. He's got a really fresh and inventive sound so dont be alarmed, give it a few listens it'll grow on you!


Born: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

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...
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