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Vancouver's Sabatour

Sabatour's new album, 'The Cure'.

Sabatour is the brainchild of Toronto's Jeremy Citron and four live instrumentalists including the feisty vocalist, Melissa Mills. Caught somewhere between Portishead and Pink Floyd, the quintet fuses electronic production with knock-your-socks-off electric guitar and jazz horns.

Sabatour's new album can be categorized as to as ambient rock/trip-hop-- a genre that generally only the elite are capable of tackling. Why? Perhaps because trip hop requires such a specific class of creativity and mixes production with live talent. Not any basement band can pull off trip hop. Sabatour, however, is no basement band; they do a memorable job. 

Originating in the underground of Bristol, England, trip-hop is compounded, downbeat music with noticeable characteristics of hip hop (the beat), electronica (effects and music) and jazz (most often jazz trumpet, piano, vocals). Traditionally, trip hop is heavily driven by audio samples.

DJ Harmonic notes, "Like the most recent Bonobo album 'Black Sands', Sabatour's new album, The Cure, is fundamentally made up of live instruments". Including live drums-- they are a group of skilled musicians, interpreting what Harmonic lays down.

In July, Sabatour appeared in Granville Island's Backstage Lounge, as well as at Raw Canvas Art + Social.

'The Cure' is Sabatour's new album. Just released May 13th, it is now available on iTunes and Cd Baby, as well as on their official website and in local record stores.


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