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Laura Stanley

Laura is a writer who likes to drink tea and wear toques. She often lies on the floor and cries while listening to Joni Mitchell.
Laura Stanley has written 10 posts for Aesthetic Magazine | Album Reviews, Concert Photography, Interviews, Contests

Album Review: Alela Diane Provides Emotionally Complex New Album With ‘About Farewell’

By: Laura Stanley (@Lstanley24) – “And then you headed east and said her name, I read between the lines,” sings Alela Diane in the opening track “Colorado Blue” from her new record About Farewell, out June 25 via Rusted Blue Records. One of the many emotional and revealing lyrics from the Portland songstress, About Farewell … Continue reading

Album Review: Hayden Grows Up And Looks Ahead With New Album “Us Alone”

By: Laura Stanley – If I were to say that Hayden Desser is an institution in Canadian music, I’m sure I would not be alone in my praise. Since his emotionally raw 1995 debut record Everything I Long For, Hayden has created folk-rooted, story-telling, heartfelt music which after six album, has touched a lot of people. After … Continue reading

Concert Review: Hannah Georgas And Aidan Knight Triumph At Toronto’s MOD Club

Words by: Laura Stanley | Photos by: Stephen McGill – Respectively releasing two stellar records last year, west coasters Aidan Knight and Hannah Georgas have teamed up for a slew of tour dates this month. Marking the first show of their tour together, Knight and Georgas knew how to get the audience enthralled at Toronto’s … Continue reading

Album Review: Morgan Cameron Ross Explores New Sonic Territories With New EP “College & Bathurst”

By: Laura Stanley – With his second solo release, College & Bathurst, Birds of Wales frontman Morgan Cameron Ross continues to cultivate his unique blend of heart-sinking songs and unadulterated optimism which he explored with 2011’s Morgan Cameron Ross. With a distinct nasally voice, Ross’ knack for catchy and melodious songwriting is undeniable but it’s the … Continue reading

Snowblink shows their unwavering strength on their new album “Inner Classics”

By: Laura Stanley – Signing to the illustrious Canadian record label Arts & Crafts earlier this year, Toronto-based duo Snowblink  are back with their sophomore album, Inner Classics. Filled with a similar lush folk sound and beautiful harmonies that made their debut album Long Live so appealing, Inner Classics will be what you turn to … Continue reading

Coldplay brings Toronto to a standstill with second of two sold-out shows

By: Laura Stanley – I’ll be the first to admit that Coldplay’s latest album, Mylo Xyloto, isn’t their best work. With most of the album being over produced pop songs featuring Rihanna (okay, that was just the one song but still), gone are the days of emotionally rich, soft piano-pop songs like that of their … Continue reading

Canadian Connections with The Daredevil Christopher Wright

By: Laura Stanley – A band that’s not afraid to push the boundaries when it comes to their musicial style, brothers Jon and Jason Sunde and Jesse Edgington of Eau Claire, Wisconsin’s The Daredevil Christopher Wright. Primarily an indie-pop sound fused with a little folk, The Daredevil Christopher Wright doesn’t make your usual sounding record … Continue reading

A Heartfelt Debut for Emily Poulin

By: Laura Stanley – Remember when you were in high school or university and you used to write music in your bedroom or dorm room? It was often emotional, filled with personal stories and ideas that hadn’t quite fully developed. That’s what Emily Poulin’s Close To Home EP sounds like. An eagerness attached to it … Continue reading

The Daredevil Christopher Wright is indie-pop at its finest with new LP

By: Laura Stanley – There’s something oddly fun about Eau Clarie, Wisconsin band The Daredevil Christopher Wright and people are finally starting to take notice. If you’re a fan of Dan Mangan, maybe you saw this Wisconsin trio, made up of brothers Jon and Jason Sunde and friend Jesse Edgington, opening up for Mangan on his … Continue reading

Comfort isn’t a bad thing

By: Laura Stanley –  With a rather bleak band name like The Black Fever, I was expecting to hear music that had a far rougher tone than it actually does. Revisionist, the latest album from this Toronto trio, is a solid collection of indie rock tracks – nothing flashy but still easy to find reasons why … Continue reading