Jay Feelbender - Big Game (Independent/AWAL): This new single and video from Toronto artist Jay Feelbender (real name Jacob Switzer) came out on Friday, and is the third single from an upcoming EP, Enter The Mirror, due out on March 25.
The video is a family affair, directed by Switzer's mother, renowned filmmaker Ingrid Veninger, with sound and playback work from his father John Switzer, a popular veteran musician and producer (Jane Siberry).
Big Game blends lo-fi acoustics from Feelbender's home studio with hi-fi production work with Braden Sauder at Marquee Sound studio. The result is a short (1:47) but charming cut rather reminiscent of early Beck.
In a press release, Feelbender notes that "the slide guitar chorus on Big Game was especially fun for me because it was something I was experimenting with on the first demo of the song. I had used a lighter for a slide because it was all I had at my house, but it had such a unique and dirty quality to it that we decided to use that original demo recording in the final version.”
The upcoming EP is reportedly "inspired by Switzer's seclusion of living alone in his childhood Toronto home during the first summer of the pandemic." We look forward to the results.
Switzer remains a member of indie alt-rock combo Goodbye Honolulu, and he has also paid dues playing in Luna Li, Creep Creep Beach and HeadSpace. Of note: Hannah Bussiere Kim (Luna Li) is his girlfriend of eight years.
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