Birds of Bellwoods - "A Year Ago" (Independent): This Toronto-based folk-rock quartet caught our attention with a debut EP The Fifth in 2015, and they're now preparing for the release of a full-length album, Victoria.
The first single is now out, and it confirms Birds of Bellwoods as an act of genuine potential. Their sound has the dynamic flow suggestive of the likes of Strumbellas and The Lumineers, and if those two acts get your mojo going, then you should definitely investigate BoB.
Led by the plaintive vocals of Stephen Joffe, "A Year Ago" boasts tight vocal harmonies and chiming guitar as it reflects upon the passing of time.
Festival performances at TURF, Boots and Hearts, CMW and NXNE have shown BoB can deliver in a live setting too. The group has upcoming shows on the patio of Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on Aug. 10 and at the Windsong Music Festival in Powassan, ON, on Aug. 25.
NB: Birds of Bellwoods are not to be confused with Bellwoods, a Toronto group featuring Morgan Cameron Ross and Alan Snoddy.
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