Summer Mix Tape: KawajaBear

July 8, 2011

This week’s track on the Summer Mix Tape shifts away from some of Corner Brook’s more established artists, to showcase up-and-coming indie pop exports KawajaBear.  This group is one to watch out for as they build fans at home, and in their new home in Halifax.

The history of KawajaBear really is a tale of two cities.  Made up of core members and Corner Brook natives Taryn Kawaja and Dave Connors, the band was formed in Halifax while the two were roommates.  Both active musicians, Kawaja enlisted the help of Connors, who in addition to being a fellow songwriter, had gained considerable knowledge (and access to a recording studio) while studying at the Centre for Arts and Technology.  The newly formed duo began putting new treatments on some older songs and writing new ones together, honing their airy and dreamy sound and recording their efforts.  After playing one of their first shows on a trip home to Corner Brook last June (see some photos here), the band seems to be gaining momentum.  Teaming up with some other ex-pat Corner Brookers and new Halifax musicians, the group released their first record, The Taking Things Slow EP, in March and have begun playing shows on a more regular basis in Halifax.

The song called Untitled from that first EP displays the group’s emotional and etherial sound, with Kawaja’s dreamy piano and lyrics, supported by Connors’ ambient guitar and synthesizers.  From the song’s opening piano chords, the song grows with the passionate and powerful delivery of melancholy lyrics, pushed by the booming piano and fluid cello lines.  All this sits on top of a bed of guitar noises, creating an atmospheric and expressive experience while listening to the music (have a listen for yourself below).  KawajaBear’s Untitled takes the Summer Mix Tape down a notch, so catch your breath.  Next week we’ll be back with another addition to the Summer Mix Tape!

Lead photo by Stephan Khoury.

  • MC

    Awesome Taryn and Dave. The sounds are wonderful and best of luck with this venture

  • kate

    you guys rock!