Jeremy’s Aura represents but one of the musical directions of Jeremy Costa, a Montreal-based artist with a creative background in painting, sound installation, and progressive rock. Here he presents his debut full-length album, jointly released by Maia Brasil Records and Omnitropic: Being And Becoming… His sound is a free-ranging celebration of many diverse musical influences, from Shpongle, Argaman, Globular, Ott, Infected Mushroom, and Ekoplex to Devin Townsend, Buckethead, King Crimson, Tool, Frank Zappa, Schrodinger Kats, Dream Theater, and many more. With an eager exploration of various activation frequencies, tuning modes, and tempo changes, Jeremy’s music playfully shifts from atmospheric ambient and soothing downtempo into progressive psychedelic environments and back again, always moderating experimentalism with a strong sense of musicality that will not be lost on listeners. All music composed, performed, mixed, and produced by Jeremy Costa.
Jeremy’s Aura returns to Maia Brasil Records and Omnitropic with his second full-length album, Stop What You’re Doing. For Jeremy, this album came about as a direct response to some very unpleasant circumstances in his life. We are ultimately not the ones in control of what happens and sometimes we are left with no choice but to stop what we’re doing. In these troubled times music was a guiding light and savior for Jeremy. Cooped up for several months, physically frail and mentally weak, Jeremy set about filling his time by composing and producing music. This album is the culmination of that healing experience. Though there may be moments where the trials of the hermit are audible, the overall result is a solid, balanced, and refined musical and emotional experience. Jeremy lets experimentalism take the foreground without much consideration of genre-based aesthetics or audience expectations. He even lets his sound art roots shine through the use of field recordings. The approach was not solely experimental though; on this album we can hear an evolution of the artist’s sound, still recognizing the quirky dub and progressive rock influences without falling into any established patterns. Each song is a unique experience, linked together by the mindset behind them but also standing alone. This album lets all the emotions come together and overlap: happy, quirky, and energetic; moody, emotional, and serious; sensitive, sensual, and delicate; comedic, light of heart, and playful; and right back around the loop. As intense as this story is, Jeremy has always maintained a strong belief in humor and playfulness as a true force of nature and in the case of this album, laughter really is the best medicine. All music composed, performed, produced, and mixed by Jeremy Costa. Vocals on track 5 by Bridget Debernardi; vocals on track 7 by Karina Ultra K.
A couple of posts in the song comment section in a Sarah McLaughlin song thread listed a number of poet-singer-song writers from English Canada.
I added a list of similar kinds of folk, pop and rock artists from Québec and thought a few might appreciate it if I posted this in the community section. All are francophone except for Leonard Cohen. Daniel Lanois performs mostly in English. Aside from those two, none are played on Radio Paradise. Any uploads have always been rejected.
That said, I know a few of you really love music and are willing to invest in learning new music even if you do not understand the language or the social-political cultural context.
Serge Fiori (Harmonium), Michel Rivard (formerly Beau Dommage), Gilles Vignault, Paul Piché, Richard Desjardins, Richard Séguin, Jean LeLoup, Daniel Lanois, Leonard Cohen, Daniel Bélanger.