MAJOR LOVE IS THE MONIKER OF COLLEEN BROWN FEATURING MEMBERS OF SCENIC ROUTE TO ALASKA, JESSE AND THE DANDELIONS, ELIJAH ABRAMS,
AND AARON GOLDSTEIN
TOUR DATES BEGIN JUNE 23
FULL LENGTH ALBUM DUE OUT LATER THIS YEAR – NEW SELF-TITLED EP OUT NOW VIA LATENT RECORDINGS
PHOTO CREDIT : Matt Allen // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES
Today, Major Love is sharing the new video for “So Good”, a song which has been tearing up the CBC Music Top 20 for the past few weeks now. Major Love is the moniker of Canadian songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Colleen Brown and members of Scenic Route To Alaska, Jesse And The Dandelions, Elijah Abrams, and Aaron Goldstein, which translates sonically to soulful pop-rock music for hosers.
Filmed primarily using VHS cameras with director Laura-Lynn Petrick, the video for “So Good” was meant to capture simple childhood nostalgia. “We got some pals together and went roller-skating, ate sugary things, played some light-hearted games,” says Colleen Brown. “The crowning moment was either B Rich's mind-melting paddle-ball cameo, or perhaps the well-placed use of my strobe light, which I purchased in junior high from the Lloyd-Mall San Francisco store.”
“So Good” was written at a hostel in London while Brown was on tour in the UK. “I hope it doesn't spoil the magic too much to simply say that I'd gone for a walk one morning, and lay down on the grass in a beautiful neighbourhood park in the early summer sun, basically counting my blessings to be touring overseas for the first time, playing music,” she says. “The whole thing was written in about 10 mins, in the hostel shower stall - it's hard to find privacy in those places!”
Major Love has signed with Latent Recordings to release a full length album later this year. Earlier this year they shared a four song self-titled EP which has already seen a lot of praise. EP tracks “So Good” and “Tear It Down” are in heavy rotation on CBC Radio 2, both making their way onto the CBC Music Top 20 charts. While “Motherland” - written essentially as a love-letter to Alberta - won a province wide songwriting contest through the ATB competition, to the tune of $10,000.
The self-titled EP is the first under this new moniker, and was conceived in the lamplight of London’s Bedroom Bar during Brown’s first tour overseas. Fellow Edmontonians, Scenic Route To Alaska, were also wrapping their first tour in Germany and the UK. The two acts found themselves on the same dimly lit stage in Shoreditch, 7000 kms from their hometown, bonding over an appreciation of vintage Harmony guitars, singalong pop/rock anthems and an affinity for the spacious, soulful recordings released on the Stax and Motown labels in the 1960’s.
“I watched them play and knew right away that I wanted to work with them, and we got along gangbusters right from the get-go... it felt like synchronicity,” says Brown. “We went into the studio with our mutual friend and collaborator Jesse Northey (Jesse And The Dandelions) within a month of returning home, planning just to record one or two songs to test the waters. Things felt and sounded so amazing that we just tracked the whole EP there.”
Recorded live off the floor in Edmonton’s True North Studios with Northey on keys and faders, they were joined by multi-instrumentalist Elijah Abrams, with additional mixes and co-production by Toronto-based pedal steel guru Aaron Goldstein and Kenneth Meehan (Daniel Romano). The singalong track “So Good” was mixed by Brooklyn’s prodigious hit-makers Gus van Go and Werner F.
Jun 23 - Kingston, ON - Skeleton Park Arts Fest (duo and full band performance)
Jun 24 - Kingston, ON - Skeleton Park Arts Fest (Singalong performance)
Jun 30 - Edmonton, AB - The Works Art & Design Festival
Jul 1 - Edmonton, AB - Millwoods Canada Day
Jul 22 - Edmonton, AB Taste Of Edmonton
Aug 10 - Kingston, ON - Wolfe Island Music Festival (duo Show)
Aug 16-19 - Salmon Arm, BC - Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival