This past week I’ve spent hours at work listening to Canadian indie artists that cross all genres. From children’s music to metal, some good, some not so good, there were a few that shocked me as to why they’re practically undiscovered. Trust me when I say this country seriously has some hidden gems. Of course, there were a handful of artists that I took a personal liking to. After a long day, I took my time “previewing” the band Beau. I’ve always been a person who can sit back and enjoy listening to soft and quieter music. I was happy to see that Beau was from Toronto, and then I wondered why I had never heard of them before. With only a few songs available online as of earlier this year, this band is new with an old soul sound.
Beau is made up of James Vander Zaag, Julia Stead, with the voices of Ruby Randall and Anna Horvath. I first listened to them on the Southern Souls website, which is known for creating really intimate videos of musicians playing in different environments. (For anyone who enjoys music discovery, Southern Souls will lead you to some really great artists so definitely check that out.) The two videos posted are for the songs “O’Hara” and “So Easy” and were filmed in a small Toronto art gallery. The voices of Ruby and Anna are so sweet and intertwine so beautifully. The soft electric guitar and delicate drums add to the creation of an indie pop sound that’s memorable with an almost California vibe. I’ve really enjoyed listening to “Moon” and “O’Hara,” and you can listen to them here on the band’s CBC profile. Beau has played some shows since 2013 and has plans of releasing an album next year. To get started early, like the band on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
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