Review – Travis Wiebe

EP: Simpler Times
Release date: Available Now
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Genre: Indie/Folk

Self-released and self-motivated Saskatchewan songwriter Travis Wiebe is taking his first steps into the Canadian music scene with his lyric-based solo project, Simpler Times. Chasing his dreams of becoming a renowned songwriter, Wiebe’s five-track EP is a showcase of his authenticity as a musician, his homegrown feel as a songwriter, and his evocation of that distinctly Saskatchewan atmosphere in his songs.

Opening track “Phone Call From a City Bus” is an echo of what the title of the EP promises: a twangy, gently swaying, simplistic shard of easy listening, the song is a combination of lulling downbeats and blunt lyricism. Appealing to fans of Paul Simon and Gordon Lightfoot, Wiebe is a master of that drowsy, late-summer ambiance, his array of background instrumentals melting together to create a wholesome and straightforward sound.

Late-track “Majestic” ups the tempo whilst retaining that easygoing feel. With all tracks similarly and distinctly him, he hits the nail on the head of the indie/folk genre he was aiming for, each verse ringing true as authentic and homespun.

Clean, honest, and soothing to its core, Simpler Times succeeds as a faithful reflection of Wiebe’s skill and passion for songwriting, and is a must-listen for those seeking calming afternoon tracks.

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My name is Emma Sloan, and I am a Victoria-based freelance journalist. I have been a contributing writer for North Vancouver’s Community Report, The Martlet, and the Greater Placemaking Network of Victoria, and that list is being added to every day. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for writing updates and news.

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