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#ottmusic weekly: Silla & Rise, Nicole Arrage, Jah’kota, hans! added to the @apt613 playlist

By Apartment613 on June 14, 2021

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“Pandemonium” by Silla and Rise // Silla and Rise is an awesome Ottawa-based two-time JUNO-nominated ensemble blending the Inuit throat singing of Silla (Cynthia Pitsiulak, Charlotte Qamaniq and Charlotte Carleton) with the global dancefloor mixology of DJ Rise Ashen. On June 9, they shared a single called “Pandemonium”, which arrived with an incredible video illustrated by Inuvialuk/Gwich’in visual artist, Darcie Bernhardt. The track evolved into a call-and-response video with Darcie, who animated 9,000 watercolour stills to be broadcast live. The initial idea for the song was an adaptation of traditional throat songs Nirliit (geese) and Naujaat (seagulls), arriving as sonically evocative of pandemic chaos, while the imagery highlights current events and important themes of resource extraction and Indigenous sovereignty. The song will be featured on the group’s third album, out this fall.

“Upside Down” by Nicole Arrage // “Upside Down” is singer-songwriter Nicole Arrage’s first self-produced independent project. In this music video, directed by filmmaker Guy Ettlin (American Dreamers), the themes of one’s journey to self-love and acceptance are explored through three different versions of herself, playing with gravity and time. Nicole is an emerging artist who dazzles us with her fluorescent aura. She draws influences from Tori Kelly, Dua Lipa, Zedd, Tom Misch and Jacob Collier. Her artistic canvas showcases a remarkable vocal versatility, creating a vibe that is uniquely her own, one paintbrush at a time.

“Still Here” by Jah’kota // Ottawa-based rapper Jah’kota aka Justin Jah’kota Holness says he wasn’t in fact planning to release “Still Here”, which premiered last week amidst growing calls for action in light of the horrific discovery of the remains of 215 children buried in unmarked graves at a former residential school. “I’ve had it in the vault for a couple of months,” says Jah’kota, “but the creator has been showing me signs that the time is now… [“Still Here” is] a song acknowledging our tragedy but also our resilience. A song to encourage and empower our people. A song to remind the world that we are STILL HERE.” Jah’kota recently earned a nomination for the Social Voice award at the Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards for raising awareness about Indigenous issues through music and social media.

“Bored At Home” by hans! // “After a year of learning how to properly record music at home,” Hans Vivian-Wenzel from The Tackies dropped a new song called “Bored at Home”. It’s his first single as a solo artist. “Bored At Home” is a track that faces anxiety head-on. “I think many of us have gotten a taste of that here and there over the last year,” says Hans.


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