The Carleton is proud to be a Halifax Pop Explosion venue again this year and are pleased as punch to say that the festival will present Villages + Common Holly + Deanna Petcoff in our room on Saturday, October 26th. The show starts at 8 PM and tickets are available through HPX HERE.
Reviving the Cape Breton sound of their ancestry and mixing it with contemporary influences, Villages debut, self-titled full-length dives deep into the haunting and meandering melodies of the Cape Breton Highlands and presents them through atmospheric arrangements that recall groups like The War on Drugs and Fleet Foxes.
Montreal-based Common Holly is holding fast to the honesty of her debut with her impending follow-up ‘When I Say to you Black Lightning’. Rougher, looser, louder and more atonal, her performance is a submergence into the dark and dissonant with consolation found in harmony and dry humour.
The word that jumps to mind when hearing Deanna Petcoff’s music for the first time is yearning. Although yearning is a verb, not an adjective, it is the closest thing that can describe the hold her music takes on the listener. The warmth and texture of her sweeping vocals intertwined with the almost playful blueness of her lyrics fills the listener with a sense of intense longing, and reveals to us a worldview that is full of pain at the loss of love, and full of hope for something more beautiful.