We Were Born Canaries Are Ideal Silhouettes

We Were Born Canaries – My Beat from Jakob Steen on Vimeo.

We do grow in the summer, or at least the moments of joy are longer, and our memories can only hope to stay in that time. We Were Born Canaries “My Beat” is a whirlwind through the wonder of looking up. It’s funny how much this video is the exact opposite of the  light in the face perpetuation we see today. When is the last time you went anywhere and didn’t see tons of people looking into their pits of social acceptance? It’s such a staple now, you can often see the driven multi-tasker light up a cig, hit the text button, and work their cars. Best advice, get the hell out-of-the-way, by looking up and moving to your own beat.

I’ve been listening to the album all morning, which came out April 20th on A:Larm music. First impression is nothing short of chill. The music provides a space for Stine to solidify her soft, easy-going approach to delivery. Her voice is pure, leaving out the force that would inevitably take the light away from the blissed out places Jakob takes you through. Much of this record reminds me of a silhouette trying to burst out from beneath an ever passing ideal, that you eventually grow out from under. Like my favorite premise in a movie, this is a coming of age tale, or at least it sounds how that looks to me. Pop over to iTunes and support the band.

Jacob who sent us the info, also told me Brian Batz from Sleep Party People mixed the record with the band in his living room. I love those little nuggets of information about music, and how it comes together.

We Were Born Canaries is Stine Grøn & Jakob Steen.

~ Ryan Boos

Sleep Party People “Chin” Video

Video created by Obscura (obscura.dk)
Dancer: Caroline Baldwin

Acres Mixtape Volume One

Special thanks to Ellen Epley for the photograph, I highly recommend visiting elleneply.com to see her other work. She captures the moment really well and her subjects never seem to force anything for the camera. I kept getting the sense that these photos snapped themselves, just by the way her collection sits naturally. I chose this particular photo b/c I felt it speaks to what we’re trying to do on Acres. The site is about people forming this community together. The feeling I get from the image is this acceptance to explore something new, to let your guard down and do something. The girl in the photo looks right at you, and for me it suggests purity, and the liberty to change course in life, even if it’s for a moment. There’s no doubt, that I tried to mimic the overall impression the weather had been leaving on me lately, with volume one. It’s not too hot or cold, its upbeat and chill at the same time. I think this mix has enough edge to keep you awake while also giving you the atmosphere to chill on the porch. Spring time is without a doubt one of my favorite times of the year.  I was really excited to add these groups to my collection this last month. They’re all really amazing musical acts that offer up something special. Don’t forget to Download the mix for free, and take it with you wherever you are, and wherever you go. Lastly, thanks to the Artists who have submitted their voices for the Acres, Discovering You tag line. Keep sending them in, I think they really sound nice in the mix.

Track List:

Sleep Party People “Chin”

Beaches Beaches “Got Feel”

Tea Leigh & Luke Reed “Rivers Of Love”

Sean Bones “Here Now”

Mountain Range “Evelyn(e)”

Bear Cubs “Cascade”

Everything Sleeps “Hold Me Down”

Remote/Remote “Rotations”

Jonas K.P. “You, I, Us”

Matt FX “Breezy”


~ Ryan Boos

Sleep Party People A Magical Ride

I’ll admit I’ve never heard of Sleep Party People until Ryan, who follows here on Acres, sent me a link to their new song called “Chin.” At first I thought he was with the band, and I was turned on to something no one had heard yet. I then began laughing at myself once I came to realize, they have quite the following, over 16,000 followers on Facebook alone. The interesting part about that is the conversation it sparked between Holly and me. Is Acres only about covering those who are relatively unknown, which is a hard thing to say, b/c its suggest that I think the bands we’ve covered thus far fit in this category. This is really not true, so I think covering great music is something we do on here via Soundcloud. The level of following is something we’ll have to decide as we go.

Okay, regardless of how we do this moving forward “Chin” is an amazing song. I’m trying to get a digital copy for April’s mix through their management team at Light Fiction, which is the reason we have the song on Soundcloud, thanks for that.

From the beginning its one of those tunes that sucks you through its vortex of atmospheric beauty, and the spring seasonal adventure is prevalent form the start. It’s the kind of song that gives you wings so you can see above the city at night. All while under the influence of these amazing songsters. I’m hooked on this vice now, the vocal content is remarkable. You can’t really tell what they’re saying, which is a highlight for me in any song. I love when a band uses the vocal melody as an instrument. They wrap enough effect on it to hide the message so you can discover the glowing equalizer in your dark room.

I instantly think of  Here We Go Magic, with their particular brand of epic layering, especially on the vocal. The drums are super straight forward which I like, and everything in L/R panning is providing you the magic carpet to ride. Ryan Ellis, who sent this to me said “Danish dream-scapers Sleep Party Peoplejust released the track “Chin” from We Were Drifting On A Sad Song, the song is on the upbeat side of the band’s musical spectrum but still retains the ethereal vocals and warbling synthesizers. Enjoy and let me know what you think.”  Well Mr. Ellis, I’m  hooked on this, and I sincerely appreciate your contribution to the site. This interaction makes  Acres exactly the kind of collaboration we want. This is something that forms a bond between the writer, a band, and the fans. A place where everyone can get in on the mix. This is already one of the best songs of the year, hands down.

Sleep Party People’s new album comes out in the UK and Europe on April 9th via Blood and Biscuits, and  in the USA / Canada / Mexico on April 10th via Brine & Barnacles.

“Utah, get me two!”

~ Ryan Boos