DEBUT ALBUM TIME TRAVEL OUT NOW VIA ARBUTUS RECORDS
INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES CONTINUE NOVEMBER 7
“...beautifully-crafted autumnal keyboard lines and a vocal performance that is direct and honest.” - PopMatters (On “Mountainside)
“Expertly crafted...with an emphasis on tasteful, slow-building songcraft” - Exlcaim!
"...'Mountainside', a touching and stirring piece of minimalist electronica." - The 405
"...it's a wonderful, undulating piece of opaque electronics, with a neat vein of pop threaded through." - Clash
Photo Credit : Sophia Burke // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES
Graham Van Pelt has shared the video for his third single "Mountainside" via PopMatters. “‘Mountainside’ is a very special song for me, one of the songs I enjoy singing the most,” says Graham. “For this video, Toronto’s Fuego Collective zeroed in on the themes of growth, maturation and generational change. On set, but outside of frame, we had many heirlooms from different stages of my life, which the directors used to prompt certain emotional states and reminiscences in me as we moved through the moments in the song. I think they captured a pretty revealing portrait as a result. I’m extremely proud of this video and song and am happy to have it as a marker of this stage of my emotional life for years to come.”
Graham's debut LP Time Travel is out now via Arbutus Records. Graham also will be hitting the road this fall with stops in Toronto and Hamilton. Tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.
"I’d like to be as un-mysterious as I possibly can,” Graham Van Pelt says. He’s about to release Time Travel, his first record in the four years since he moved from Montreal to Toronto, and he’s no longer Miracle Fortress, or Inside Touch, or any of the aliases he’s used to record over the years. He’s just Graham Van Pelt.
With the perspective of leaving a longtime home, of watching old friends change and familiar places become unrecognizable, came a recommitment to an emotional honesty in Van Pelt’s songwriting. Time Travel’s eight songs are a tangle of friendships and feelings. Moving backwards and forwards in time, they occupy a space of elegant melancholy.
Immersing himself in the work of house music legends like Larry Heard, Vincent Floyd and Maurizio and the fragile disco of Arthur Russell, along with contemporaries like Jessy Lanza and Kelly Lee Owens, Van Pelt built the album from the bottom up, rooting every track in the crude sequencer of the Roland SH-101 synth, a decades-old dance music totem. The result are melodies that are simple but affecting, anchored to deep, wandering basslines. Time Travel was engineered by twin brothers Mark and Matt Thibideau, whose techno roots deepened the grooves throughout the record.
There’s a comfort to operating in the world of dance music, which is, in Van Pelt’s words, more of a “team sport” than the competitive atmosphere of indie rock. “I feel like one person participating in a community,” he says, “and less of a person trying to rise above.” The album is also Van Pelt’s first release on Arbutus, which he describes as his “dream outcome” for the record. “Their catalog intersects at a place that feels like home to me,” he says. “Music for late night, atmospheric music, really honest and unvarnished truthful stuff that never compromises.”
Time Travel is a renewal of Van Pelt’s vows with dance music, and with the genre’s pulse of synthesized melancholy. It’s a heartrending rush, as emotionally direct as a sweaty, jaw-clenching 3AM hug.
11/07 Alphaville, Brooklyn, NY
11/08 Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit, MI
11/11 Bar Datcha, Montreal, QC
11/16 Mills Hardware, Hamilton, ON
11/17 The Baby G, Toronto, ON
12/3 Mississippi Studios w/ Suuns Portland, OR
12/4 Sunset Tavern w/ Suuns Seattle, WA
12/6 Swedish American Hall w/ Suuns San Francisco, CA
12/7 The Ritz w/ Suuns San Jose, CA
12/8 Lodge Room w/ Suuns Los Angeles, CA
12/9 Soda Bar w/ Suuns San Diego, CA