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UWUW - 'S/T'

by Thomas Bedward November 01, 2022

UWUW - 'S/T'

UWUW (pronouncedyou-you) have just released their debut, self-titled LP on We Are Busy Bodies Records. With some of Toronto’s most experienced and revered musicians making this project possible, it’s no wonder why the sonic presence of this project demands your attention and doesn’t let you go.

The impressive cast of players includesJason Haberman ofDan ManganandYaehsun,Jay Anderson ofBadge Epoque Ensemble,Biblical andLammping, andIan Blurton ofIan Blurton’s Future Now,Change of Heart, andC’mon.

Giving the songs a voice are two of Toronto’s most distinctive songwriters:Chris A. Cummings (akaMarker Starling) adding his distinct, easy-glide, story-telling charm toBox Office Poison andScattered Ashes, andDrew Smith (Bunny,The Bicycles), providing his trademark, 60s harmony pop and lyrical prowess toStaircase andLandlord.Scattered Ashes is the first offering from this album on We Are Busy Bodies, due out October 21st, 2022.

Drew Smith,while commenting on his song writing process for their debut album, said “the overall theme to the songs wasnature reaping what is sowed.” There’s a lot to unpack in this album, which contains old-school soul grooves, slow burning instrumentation, pounding rhythms and thoughtful lyrics that bring energy and life to the superbly-crafted songs.

The catchy lead singleScattered Ashes breathes soul and rock, while blurring sounds and influences which call to mindJames Brown’s horn section and the compositional layers of experimentalBeach Boys recordings. The track titledStaircase to the End of the Night is another wonderfully symphonic composition that gets in your head and won’t let go. It contains tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a heavy rhythm that surprises and delights.

UWUW came into being when Jay Anderson and Ian Blurton joined together through a run of shows, backing mutual friend and singer/songwriter, Kate Boothman as her drummer and guitarist, respectively. Realizing they didn’t want an instrumental record, they layered on bright horns and smooth vocals, lifting the songs from instrumental jams, to the undefinable yet distinctive sound that is UWUW.

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