Published Jun 19, 2013Jenn Grant has released a string of solo works over the last few years, but this evidently isn't enough for the busy Halifax songwriter, since she just launched a new side-project called Aqua Alta.
CBC Music notes that the band features Charles Austin of the Super Friendz and producer Graeme Campbell (David Myles, Skratch Bastid). The musicians previously worked together on Buck 65's guest-heavy 2011 album 20 Odd Years.
Aqua Alta have posted three songs on their website. These showcase a new side of Grant, as "Polar" blends dreamscape synths with fuzzed-out guitar muscle, while "Blue Is the Rain" is a tinkly electronic pop number and "Epic Sweep" is soulfully atmospheric.
"Eventually [Austin and Campbell] asked me about trying to write music and lyrics on a song or two, and then it just escalated," Grant told CBC Muisc. "The songs kept coming, and after a year of slowly picking away with writing we had enough for an album of songs. Those guys are super talented so it was as easy as it could be to find words and melodies to make them more into songs."
Aqua Alta intend to release three EPs over the summer as a primer for their first album. No tour dates are planned, although Grant may perform some of the songs during her own shows and hopes to bring the band onstage during a Halifax show on September 7.
See her solo tour schedule below.
6/21 Tatamagouche, NS - Dorje Denma Ling Center
7/18 Halifax, NS - The Carleton Music Bar
7/19 Saint John, NB - Interactive School of Performing Arts Concert Hall
7/20 Fredericton, NB - Officer Square
7/26 Kensington, PE - Indian River Folk Festival
9/5 Mt Stewart, PE - Trailside Cafe and Inn
9/6 Mt Stewart, PE - Trailside Cafe and Inn
9/7 Halifax, NS - The Marquee Ballroom
9/8 Moncton, NB - The Tide and Boar
9/12 Wolfville, NS - The Al Whittle Theatre
9/18 Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
9/20 Oshawa, ON - The Moustache Club
9/21 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
10/1 West Vancouver, BC - Key Meak Centre *
10/2 Kamloops, BC - The Blue Grotto *
10/3 Calgary, AB - The Gateway *
10/4 Edmonton, AB - Full Moon Folk Club *
10/5 Camrose, AB - Bailey Theatre *
10/7 Cranbrook, BC - Key City Centre *
10/8 Nelson, BC - Spirit Bar *
10/9 Kelowna, BC - Kelowna Community Theatre *
10/11 Fort McMurray, AB - Keyano Theatre *
10/16 Kingston, ON - Grand Theatre *
10/18 St. Catharines, ON - Brock Centre *
10/19 Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre *
10/23 Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square *
* with Ron Sexsmith