Review – The Tourist Company

By: Remington Fioraso

Album: Space Race EP
Release Date: May 6, 2014
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Genre: Progressive folk/rock

Vancouver’s The Tourist Company is a progressive folk-rock band consisting of Taylor Swindells (Vocals, guitar and trumpet), Jillian Levey (Vocals, glockenspiel, keys, and percussion), Brenon Parry (Drums and percussion), and Josué Quezada (Vocals, bass, drums, and percussion). They will be embarking on summer tour dates in western Canada. On May 6, 2014, they released their second release, an EP, containing four tracks.

The lead single on “Space Race” is entitled “Irrepressible Future.” The instrumentals are very intriguing to me. The verses are slower while the chorus is at a faster pace. When listening to “Vostok 1” a couple of times, I found myself singing along to the chorus. With “They’ve Got Us On Our Heels,” it is the slowest paced track on the EP. I really enjoyed the blend of female/male vocals. The song that I enjoyed the most, was “One Giant Leap.” It is a song you can dance to.

Overall, the tracks presented on “Space Race” are written and performed well. The instrumentals and vocals simply tie in together. Each track is unique. I highly recommend checking out “Space Race” by The Tourist Company.

Rating 4/5

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Hi Everyone! My name is Remington Fioraso. I am a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley’s Bachelor of Arts program in Sociology, Anthropology, and Media and Communication Studies. Within my program, I focused on social media, learning about contemporary and classical sociological theory (Including Marx, Foucault, Bourdieu, and Durkheim), and communicating effectively in various modes and for different audiences (including oral communication, business communication, academic writing, entertainment media, and presentations utilizing visual media). Within my program, the question arose for many courses, “What is the relevance in the real world?” Stepping (temporarily) away from being in university, I gained an interest in Latin American development, social movements, and business. Sooner than later, I will be applying for post-grad programs to dive further into LA development and social movements to gain a theory-background in addition to a personal perspective onto the topics. In my free time, I love to travel, consume media, eat, listen to music, and write. Listening to music and writing led to my interest in working with Canadian Beats! I have been a part of the team since April 2014. A few of my personal highlights of interviews include ones with some of my favourite artists – Sumo Cyco, Madeline Merlo, and High Valley. Be sure to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

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