DIM=SUM (David Carswell, Mike Silverman & Shuyler Jansen ) UK TOUR DATES
May 17th- The Fly presents @ Coalition, 171-181 Kings Rd Arches, Brighton/Great Escape Festival (6:30pm) (supporting Hungry Kids of Hungary,
Popstrangers, Chris Cohen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra)
May 18th- Blind Tiger, 52-54 Grand Parade, Brighton/ Great Escape Festival Canada House BBQ (12:30pm) (supporting Foam Lake, Boats, Fist City, Lab Coast, Royal Canoe)
May 19th-Power Lunches, 446 Kingsland Rd, Hackney, North London (supporting the Elwins, Foam Lake)
May 20th-Windmill Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, South London (Headlining w support Foam Lake)
Nothing is as it seems in Shuyler Jansen’s songs. I knew that from the first time I really heard his voice on an album called Pulse of Light/Dark Landscape that his band Old Reliable released in 2002. The songs were driven by a desire to know the unknowable; to break down what one sees on a daily basis into its essential elements; to journey to a place you’re not sure is safe.
Jansen continued on that journey in 2004 with his first solo album, Shuyler Jansen’s Hobotron, a bold hybrid of folk and electronica. The pendulum swung back to the rootsier side of his personality for 2007’s Today’s Remains, recorded in Vancouver with producer Steve Dawson firmly at the helm. It was Jansen’s first work after the demise of Old Reliable, and that sense of starting fresh was all over the album.
It has all led up to Voice from the Lake—two years in the making, but by far Jansen’s strongest statement yet as a solo artist. He chose to record in Vancouver again, although this time, significantly, with the city’s finest purveyors of pop-rock, John Collins and Dave Carswell, otherwise known as JC/DC, the sonic architects of modern classics by the New Pornographers, Destroyer, Tegan & Sara, Nardwuar & the Evaporators, and others. The album’s release on Vancouver’s Scratch Records also marks the label’s 20th anniversary. Jansen joins a roster that over those two decades has included Black Mountain, Frog Eyes, and Thor.
"one of the finest Canadian purveyors of gothic psychedelic country" Michael Barclay