June 24, 2008

Sandro Perri: Polaris Music Prize Nominee

The Polaris Music Prize is an award acknowledging the best Canadian album released in the past year with regards to artistic merit. I was very pleased to see songwriter/performer/producer Sandro Perri nominated for his album, Tiny Mirrors, when the prize's long list was recently announced. Funnily enough, I've been mesmerized over the past week with a song done by Perri and fellow Canadian Andre Ethier during a live in-studio session for CBC last year... a song called "Circles", which can be found on a record released by Perri under the name Polmo Polpo in 2006. The album (actually an EP) is called Plays Polmo Polpo and includes three re-workings of songs from Perri's Polmo Polpo debut.

The song benefits in this live performance by the lovely contrast of Ethier's fantastic voice; rootsy, vibrant, as pleasing to hear as grainy wood is to touch and smell, against the improvisatory skill of Perri on guitar, not to mention his own vocal appeal, fragile as a choir boy's with a confident wire-like strength at it's core.

Sandro Perri and Andre Ethier
circles (CBC fuse - 2007)

Sandro Perri
circles from Sandro Perri Plays Polmo Polpo
city of museums from Tiny Mirrors

Andre Ethier
pride of egypt from On Blue Fog
little saddy from Andre Ethier with Christopher Sandes featuring Pickles and Price

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Here's the long list of Polaris nominees:
The Acorn - Glory Hope Mountain
Attack In Black - Marriage
Black Mountain - In The Future
Born Ruffians - Red, Yellow and Blue
Buck 65 - Situation
Basia Bulat - Oh, My Darling
Cadence Weapon - Afterparty Babies
Cancer Bats - Hail Destroyer
Caribou - Andorra
City And Colour - Bring Me Your Love
Constantines - Kensington Heights
Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
Destroyer - Trouble In Dreams
Fred Eaglesmith - Tinderbox
Kathleen Edwards - Asking For Flowers
Christine Fellows - Nevertheless
Gatineau - Gatineau
Hayden - In Field And Town
Veda Hille - This Riot Life
HILOTRONS - Happymatic
Holy Fuck - LP
Islands - Arm's Way
Karkwa - Le volume du vent
Corb Lund - Horse Solider! Horse Soldier!
The New Pornographers - Challengers
Pas Chic Chic - Au Contraire
Sandro Perri - Tiny Mirrors
Plants And Animals - Parc Avenue
Ghislain Poirier - No Ground Under
Protest The Hero - Fortress
Justin Rutledge - Man Descending
Sadies - New Seasons
Shad - The Old Prince
Socalled - Ghetto Blaster
Stars - In Our Bedroom After The War
Tegan And Sara - The Con
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band – 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons
Two Hours Traffic - Little Jabs
The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour
Wintersleep - Welcome To The Night Sky

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