The winter’s over, so they say. You wouldn’t know it here in Toronto, though. This week’s damp, windy shittiness would break the spirit of even the staunchest optimists. It feels like winter’s ripping a lingering fart right in our face as it leaves to go fuck with Chile. It’s a big fart, too: powerful, like the kind you hold in for hours on a first date. Whatever analogy you choose, winter, like the worst of farts, is fucking lingering.
But nuts to that, VdS has something to show for the last six months spent indoors. The new EP, Lowpass, is almost ready. You might say, -Ha! I’ve heard that before! And you’d be right. But fuck you, this time there’s evidence: four of the EP’s five songs are done, minus vocals, with the fifth tune only in need of some minor massaging (aren’t we all?).
Fine, none of the preceding is real evidence, but it should give you an “it’s around the corner” feeling, as opposed to a “no” feeling, which is rarely a feeling you want to have.
The songs on Lowpass sit together incredibly well and capture rather nicely the mood of the last four or five months. They move VdS in a direction that’s different from Red Circle (exciting) while reasserting some of its hallmarks (comforting).
You should also know that this site is on the move again, this time to the much more permanent-sounding vandersaar.com. It’s hoped that the new site will more convincingly impart VdS-ness than the current, albeit remarkably serviceable, WordPress template. Say yes if you agree. Regardless, vandersaar.com is coming down the pipe like oil in Ukraine, so stay focused.
Here’s the track list for Lowpass:
2. About the Sun
3. Surf Song
4. Battle James
5. St. George