Review – Purple Hill

By: Amanda Hather

Album – Top 40 Radio Memory Dream (Oh Yeah!)
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Release Date – February 27th, 2015
Label – Purple Hill Records
Genre – Rock

Purple Hill is a four piece band including Owen Marchildon (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Jordan Bruce (drums, keyboard), Brent Hough (guitar, keyboard, backup vocals), and Dan Snyder (bass) based in Toronto. Their multi-genre sound is hard to define, but crosses folk, indie and rock lines. They describe their sound as “sounds like a velvet countryside that has enough folk in it to rock your elders out of their rockers”. With many influences such as The Everly Brothers, The Kinks, Chuck Berry, CCR, and Bob Dylan to name a few, their unique sound is sure to appeal to a vast audience. The album was recorded live off the floor at 6 Nassau Studios with Jeff McMurrich.

The ten track release does not disappoint. From the beginning to the end the upbeat vibe and high energy is consistent. “Through Your Nightmares” and the title track are two of my favourites off of the album, with “Six String All To My Heart” and “I Am Ripe” coming in close behind. These songs show off the raw sound that is throughout the album, giving it its indie feel. There truly is no bad song on ‘Top 40 Radio Memory Dream (Oh Yeah!)’, which is very hard to accomplish.

If you like the folk or indie genres of music, this album is definitely worth a listen. Even if you are like me and you hadn’t heard of Purple Hill prior to this release, you will want to make sure you change that. The live sound of the album is sure to please many listeners and allow them to hear the sheer talent of this band.

Rating: 4.5/5

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