Thursday, April 23, 2009

Royal Wood


Artistic influences can be a curious mix of inheritance and inspiration. From a second-hand vinyl collection to an intuited sense for music’s creation, Royal Wood has come a long way from the days of borrowed instruments and secondhand cassette tapes. This self-taught multi-instrumental artist has an ear for everything, from Sgt. Pepper's to Vince Guaraldi. Royal draws from generations past but not forgotten; his music sensibility is timeless but never dated.

Like a ribbon of Super 8 tape that contains blurry, sun-saturated summer memories, Royal¹s piano-soaked style is unapologetically romantic and unabashedly nostalgic. This filmic quality has made for an easy transition to film and television, and Royal¹s music has been included in many high-profile soundtracks as a result.

The sweet melancholy of loves lost and found diffuses throughout Royal’s two full-length albums and now two EPs, including the celebrated 2007 release A Good Enough Day, which brought rave reviews, international radio play, multiple European and US tours, and a recent sold-out appearance in Toronto, ON. Royal’s touring resume also confirms a growing acknowledgement of his work among Canada’s top musicians, exemplified by national invitations from Sarah Slean, Jill Barber and Serena Ryder.

Royal’s approach harkens back to traditions of song crafting that go straight to the heart of the relationship an artist creates with an audience. As great songwriting defies the whimsies of a trend, Royal’s classic songs explore the architecture of emotions upon which our most cherished relationships are built. Named an iTunes Songwriter of the Year in 2008, Royal’s music shares an emotional immediacy with the listener that creates a lingering feeling of intimacy with his recordings and live performances.

With The Lost and Found EP, melody is once again at the forefront, casting lyrics and rich string arrangements in the filmic light of memories and dreams. Recommended!

Royal Wood - Don't Fall Apart
Royal Wood @ MySpace

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SONG OF THE DAY: NOMO - Invisible Cities
(from Invisible Cities, out May 5th on Ubiquity Records)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay Ziggy- Tough one for you... Can you find Kompressor??

12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wowzers....Royal Wood is right, cuz that's what he's givin me

2:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Royal Wood is the worst name for a band ever. It's like naming your band "My Pen is Huge".

7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but the link to the new song is dead...
:-((

8:12 AM  
Blogger Ziggy said...

the link has been fixed!

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all your hard work, I like a lot of the music you recommend and it helps me still feel a bit "with it."

2:16 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Great stuff, as always Ziggy! Thanks!

1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey! does anyone know where to find the new b. dylan album? thanks in advance!

11:54 PM  
Blogger Charms said...

hey check out this band
www.myspace.com/centerpieceband

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

what happened to updates? No

3:25 AM  
Blogger Ziggy said...

i was ill for some time :(, the posts will continue soon.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

get well soon, ziggy!

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ziggy i'm glad to hear you're back in good spirits. your site is so essential to my music discovery. cheers!

4:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad to hear you're on the mend. take care of yourself ziggy!

4:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hope you get well soon, ziggy.

does anybody know about or have the new clues album? (alden penner from the unicorns new project)

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