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  • Despite its Short Length, A.M. Overcasts’ Self-titled Record Will Leave a Lasting Impression

    Posted by Guest Writer on August 17, 2022

    By Weadee Mombo

    A​.​M. Overcast self-titled release

    GENRE: Math Rock, Pop-Punk, Alternative
    LABEL: Choke Artist Records
    RIYL: Floral, Bobbing, Invalids

    Winnipeg might not be known for its math rock roots but A.M. Overcast’s latest self titled release is there to change that.

    A.M. Overcast is an energetic mix of pop-punk, emo, math rock,
    topped by an eccentric production. With the longest song capping in at 2min30sec, each track is packed to the brim with explosive melodies that do not let up until the end. No song is a filler. They all “get in, do the job, and get out.” It’s almost impressive how much they’re able to accomplish in such little time.

    At times the album feels reminiscent of other midwestern emo acts such as Carley Cosgrove, Retirement Party, and rivaling Glass Beach in how far it pushes the envelope. This album can best be described as organized chaos. It’s difficult to compete with great short songs that rip hard and instantly catch listeners attention. There’s something you have to love about that level of efficiency and being efficient is what A.M. Overcast does best

    Alex Litinsky, the mastermind behind the project (also Miles Paralysis,) is clearly a very talented musician in many aspects, doing all instrumentation of the record along with John Markson, who does an excellent job separating all the tracks through mixing/mastering. Each riff crisply penetrates the melody, still retaining its character. A few standouts on the 22 min record are “Got Slept,” “7th substitute,” “Cold One Out,” “Sonder,” “Dropped Offset,” as well as my personal favourites: “Lockjaw Interference” and “Moonlight Combine.”

    While the album sounds like none other than A.M. Overslept, it wears its influences proudly. “Got Slept” is full of technical precision characteristic of math rock with the addition of synths, unusually addicting guitar riffs, quick drumming patterns and whatever else they could fit in there. Even as the album shuts itself down just as quickly as it started, the last note hangs in the air and carries itself over to equally memorizing “7th Substitute.” This time the percussion really stands out and all the piffling details of tambourines and what sounds like rattles and screws can still be heard cycling down the tonal pattern.

    It is easy to forget about the lyricism in an album chock-full of excellent arrangements, but “Moonlight Combine” (the slowest track also featuring math rock legend Yvette Young on violin) is a chance to catch a brief glimpse of it before quickly returning full speed to the last half of the record.

    Cold One Out” is the most acoustic song on the record with idyllic twinkly guitar picking. The beautiful soundscapes threaded between the rousing punchy guitar riff fade in, out and under the well-crafted melodies, making it seem as established as the other heavy-hitters.

    The sounds of this album evolve every time they begin take shape and “(Sonder)” is the perfect example of this. Constantly changing direction, rather than leaving you feeling unfulfilled, it makes you continually eager to hear what will come next.

    The opening riff in “Dropped Offset” nearly teases you as we wait for the explosion that will come out of the muted strumming. Again, the harmonies are so subtle but blend well with the rattles and glockenspiel. The melodies are strong, and almost beg to be repeated – but they rarely are. Everything in this album is quick and to the point.

    My favourite: “Lockjaw Interference” starts off with a call and return of Alex’s guitar acting like a second vocal. It bounces back and forth until the climax rips through and unexpected screamed vocals by Andrew Murenko break out and honestly give you chills. The song goes in so many different directions, somehow surmounting the expectations it builds. My only complaint is that it is too short.

    It’s a thoroughly impressive LP that is as addicting as it is fun. The instrumentation on this album is fantastically unpredictable for what can be the repetitive nature of “midwestern emo” and is full of unique touches that make the album distinctively A.M. Overcast. The playful and fast paced guitars dipped in math rock arrangements, the classic high energy of pop-punk and fun vocals, are only a glimpse into what would no doubt be a treat to see performed live and the increasingly impressive catalogue of AM. Overcast.

    Album release date: June 10, 2022

  • CJAM TOP 30 & SPECIALTY CHARTS // August 8 – 14, 2022

    Posted by Mattu on August 16, 2022

    * indicates Canadian artist. ^ indicates local Windsor/Detroit artist

    1    LISA LEBLANC*     Chiac Disco (Bonsound)

    2    OMBIIGIZI*     Sewn Back Together (Arts & Crafts)

    3    NILOO*     Niloo (Self-Released)

    4    VOYEUR’S MARKET*     demo (Self-Released)

    5    KYLA CHARTER*     Edible Flowers (Self-Released)

    6    TOPS*     Empty Seats (Musique TOPS)

    7    AQUAKULTRE*     Don’t Trip (Forward Music Group)

    8    DK X GHETTOSOCKS*     Listen to the Masters (Black Buffalo)

    9    PAUL JACOBS*     185 On The Corner [EP] (Bonsound)

    10   ZOON*     Big Pharma (EP) (Paper Bag)

    11   MAGI MERLIN*     Gone Girl EP (Bonsound)

    12   APOLLO GHOSTS*     Pink Tiger (You’ve Changed)

    13   QUELLE CHRIS^     Deathfame (Mello Music Group)

    14   KAVINSKY     Reborn (Astralwerks)

    15   SALLY SHAPIRO     Sad Cities (Self-Released)

    16   MARTIN SCHILLER*     Dreams vol. 1 (Self-Released)

    17   THE CEDAR SISTERS*     Love + Loss (Self-Released)

    18   5TH PROJEKT*     Emergency EP (Organik)

    19   THE SADIES*     Colder Streams (Dine Alone)

    20   JAYWOOD*     Slingshot (Captured Tracks)

    21   THE BURNING HELL*     Garbage Island (You’ve Changed)

    22   MICHAEL RAULT*     Michael Rault (Daptone)

    23   COLA*     Deep In View (Next Door / Fire Talk)

    24   BLUE HAWAII*     My Bestfriend’s House (Arbutus)

    25   PIERRE KWENDERS*     José Louis & The Paradox Of Love (Arts & Crafts)

    26   5TH PROJEKT*     The Labyrinth EP (Organik)

    27   BASEMENT REVOLVER*     Embody (Sonic Unyon)

    28   PEACH PIT*     From 2 to 3 (Columbia)

    29   KILO KISH     American Gurl (Self-Released)

    30   HOT CHIP     Freakout/Release (Domino)


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  • CJAM FM Monday Night Live series showcases local talent at Windsor Public Library

    Posted by Station Manager on August 12, 2022

    CJAM 99.1 FM and the Windsor Public Library are teaming up this August to bring a new series to Sandwich Towne. Monday Night Live will feature local artists, musicians, poets, and storytellers.

    Hosted at the John Muir Branch, located at 363 Mill Street, the August 8th performance boasted a variety of talent including Teajai Travis (he/him), local storyteller, poet, activist, Executive Director at Artcite Inc, among a variety of talents. Josie Elysia (she/her) also joined the John Muir “stage” with an acoustic performance including their dynamic in-your-feels lyrics meshed with melodic soprano vocals.

    Josie Elysia (she/her) and Teajai Travis (he/him) at the John Muir Branch on August 8th
    (photo by Weajue Mombo)

    The next performance on August 15th will include Windsor’s Youth Poet Laureate for 2021-2023, Romanian-Canadian artist Alexei Ungurenasu (they/them). Alexei began writing as a hobby, but also practices the arts in zines, crafts, paintings, and collages summoning the various places where they lived and visited. Alongside Alexei will be local musician Madeline Doornaert (she/her), who released her album, Muddy Water, in February of 2021 to much success.

    Monday Night Live is a great way for new audiences to discover the local talent Windsor has to offer in a familiar, friendly atmosphere” said Weajue Mombo, curator for the series. “It’s a chance to enjoy a new artist you might never have otherwise come across. I had a lot of fun looking for new, and emerging artists to join us in this series.” Mombo is also the co-host of Absent Sounds, a music variety show on CJAM 99.1 FM that interviews musicians and explores albums in their entirety.

    The Monday Night Live series will continue on August 15th and August 22nd at the Windsor Public Library John Muir Branch. CJAM 99.1 FM is a campus/community radio station, and has been broadcasting in the Windsor-Detroit area since 1983. They are dedicated to bringing voice to underground, marginalized, and local artists, musicians, and groups.

    Find out more about the series and how to get involved by
    emailing at info.cjamfm at gmail dot com

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