“…quirky folk-pop that sounds breezy and generally as carefree as childhood is supposed to be…” — Grayowl Point (July, 2016); referring to the Ambrose Psychic
“…slyly intricate with ethereal touches against a more traditional acoustic folk backdrop…” — Music Morsels (February 2016); referring to Ambrose Psychic
Top 10 Favourite LPs of 2012 “…a folk inspired sound with cleverly placed keyboards and percussion.” — Birds of Canada blog (November 2012); referring to Ragged Chute Blues
“He is using some old technology here, some great old synth sounds, but he creates these soft thick layers; it’s almost like he’s building up sound like big slabs of felt.” — Laurie Brown, CBC Radio 2 (April 2011); referring to “Blue Waves”
New album Cicada Songs available May 10, 2019.
Like the collages on the album cover, Cicada Songs is a mysterious vision of past and present. In the artwork, Trevor Sloan juxtaposes vintage images in a novel way; in the music, he hints at singer-songwriters of the 60s and 70s, with references to the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, but with an intriguingly modern twist.
Although this is the second album under his own name, Trevor Sloan has been writing and recording music for over ten years, previously releasing six LPs under the name Phono d’enfant. Described as “slyly intricate with ethereal touches,” his music infuses intimate vocals with acoustic instruments and old synths. Carefully crafted over a year, Cicada Songs reveals a richness of experience and sound. Like a letter from a father to a son, the record moves from youth to middle age with lyrics that warmly evoke lost seasons and relationships. “Making this album, I had my son in mind,” explains Trevor. “Some of the songs were written for him like “Spring Is Hiding Behind the Snow” and “Cicada Songs;” other songs just share moments from my life, parts of my soul, people I have known.” The lyrics weave together little details—a seashell from a piano teacher’s house, school yearbooks, public pools, cheap phones and lilacs—to capture the colours of life.
Most of the album was recorded at his home studio in Toronto. Then it was mixed and mastered at the House of Miracles in Cambridge by Andy Magoffin (Great Lake Swimmers, The Hidden Cameras).