Words Around The Waist House

Swampy guitars and keyboards, lush strings, and intricate vocal arrangements characterize the sound of Words Around The Waist. Like a string quartet, each of the four members contribute a voice of equal importance, adding a chamber element to their psychedelic pop style. Coming from diverse backgrounds and involved in many projects spanning from electro-pop to jazz to musical theatre, Anna Atkinson, Graham Campbell, Sam Mclellan, and Ghislain Aucoin write songs for Words Around The Waist that are witty, dark, heartfelt and imaginative.

Os Tropies The Soil

Os Tropies grew out of the impossibility of travelling back in time. Influenced by the music of the revolutionary tropicalia movement of late 1960s Brazil, these six Canadians versed themselves in psychedelic rock and Brazilian popular music in order to imagine what it was like to be a Brazilian music radical in a time of heavy political turmoil and protest song purism. It turns out that even in present day Toronto, there is still plenty to say and plenty of ways to say it: fuzz guitars, theremins, berimbaus, funky orchestral triangles, some sha-la-las, lots of bongo, cowboy swagger, haunted church organs and fraudulent recordings of paranormal activity all make up the palette of sounds that Os Tropies draw upon in the creation of their international- cannibalist-love-affair-of-a-sound, offering up covers of the tropicalia numbers that inspire them and originals written in the spirit of irreverent and impassioned musical juxtaposition.

James Campbell and Graham Campbell As You Near Me

Virtuoso clarinetist James Campbell and his son, talented songwriter/arranger and guitarist Graham Campbell, take a trip to Brazil. Songs by well known Brazilian composers Antonio Carlos Jobim, Abel Ferreira, Paulo Moura and Chiquinha Gonzaga – all arranged by Graham – are matched with eight of his original compositions. Standards such as Django Reinhardt’s Nuages and Tears are given the unique Campbell treatment. 

The Campbells are joined on this recording by the the multi-award winning Afiara String Quartet, and guest musicians Amy Medvick, Sam Mclellan, Robin Watson, Mari Palhares, and Bob Mills. 

The Quartet Unreleased EP

The Quartet: Charles James (upright bass), Graham Campbell (guitar), John David WIlliams (clarinet), Emilyn Stam (piano/violin). This unreleased demo features compositions mostly by Emilyn Stam, with one by Graham Campbell (Sam and Cheeto) and one by John David Williams.

They combine folks and roots with jazz and improvised music. 

The Quartet: Charles James (upright bass), Graham Campbell(guitar), John David WIlliams (clarinet), Emilyn Stam (piano/violin). This unreleased demo features compositions mostly by Emilyn Stam, with one by Graham Campbell (Sam and Cheeto) and one by John David Williams.

Os Tropies Tropicalia

Words Around the Waist Self-titled