Beauty in the Tension, the fifth studio album from New Brunswick songwriting quartet The Olympic Symphonium, will be released in February 2018. It is the result of rural isolation, small comforts, and inspiration in the form of two pairs of ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ pajama pants.

For six days last winter, the band holed up in the legendary Old Confidence Lodge studio in Riverport, Nova Scotia to focus on 13 new compositions. Working long days with the help and stamina of engineer Diego Medina, the group laid down a batch of songs that were road-tested and ready to be captured in this magical Oddfellows Hall cum studio.

Delicious home-cooked meals and harmony vocals were provided by Jennah Barry, a fellow resident of Nova Scotia’s south shore, and additional instrumentation was provided by Michael Belyea (Jenn Grant), Tim Crabtree (Paper Beat Scissors) and composer/arranger Drew Jurecka. Sonic inspiration came from Pink Floyd, guitarmonies, and Chicago’s power-ballad ‘Glory of Love’ which the band riffs on in their song of the same name.

“I wanted to channel the feeling I got from this music combined with my surroundings as a jumping-off point for a song,” says band member Kyle Cunjak. “So I started writing lyrics freeform.”  The song eventually morphed into a love song directed at Cunjak’s car, a 1991 Honda Accord.

“When this song was coming to life, I was 5600 kms away from home on a sort of spiritual journey through America trying to run my car into the ground before it rusted out,” says Cunjak. “But that thing got me back home and through the summer before I recycled it and put it to rest. RIP.”

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Artist, musician, producer, and sound explorer Jay Crocker has won an Emerging Artist Recognition Award from Arts Nova Scotia for his BIBELOT instrument/installation piece. The award was handed out this weekend as part of the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala in Halifax, NS.

“Part instrument, part installation, BIBELOT is a self-composing set of sixteen ceiling mounted music boxes with custom-built drives, loops, lights, and amps. Creating a sanctuary space that reflects the natural constancy of change, BIBELOT represents a major achievement by one of the nation’s most exciting musical vanguards; a sonic portal of limitless combination that aims to slip you into infinity.” – Andrew Patterson

After receiving funding from Arts Nova Scotia to build the machine and undertake its first composition, “Future Fantasy 1960, BIBELOT debuted last May at Halifax’s OBEY Convention in partnership with Forward Music Group and the Anna Leonowens Art Gallery.

Crocker, who also helms the experimental electro project JOYFULTALK, performs with renowned songwriter Jon McKiel, and records and produces albums at his home in Crousetown, NS, then traveled to Charlottetown, PE in August to present the project at Art In The Open.

BIBELOT’s next exhibition takes place in Moncton, NB from May 18-June 28, 2018 at Galerie Sans Nom.