Review – Jon Stancer

Album: For The Birds
Release Date: June 23, 2017
Genre: Alt Pop/Alt Rock

Toronto native and veteran of the pop-rock scene, Jon Stancer releases his long awaited debut album on June 23rd entitled For The Birds. A 9 track album that’s produced by Jono Grant and released independently.

Opening track “Dance in The Sun” with its light vocals, jangly guitar hook and Horn breaks prove the perfect intro to Jon’s sound. The stylish top-down road trip production raises For The Birds into a smooth and airy summer vibe. Moods fluctuate from pop to rock to indie to 80’s dance funk, but all held together with some luscious melodies. Echo’s of The Lightning Seeds, Curiosity Killed the Cat, Belouis Some and the Style Council all get a nod of the Fedora and that’s really great company to be in.

Rambling track “Stumbling Home Again” with its harmonica riff leads right into “No Right Turns” a chill track that is a real foot tapper. Stancer shows his mellow pensive side with ‘Take The Bait’ and the composition really suits his soft vocal with beautiful lyrics. Without doubt, Canadian Beats favorite and its been on repeat in the office.

The Press Release states “A collection of lush and lavish hook-laden rock ‘n’ pop, connected by lyrical themes that touch on reclusiveness and resurgence, regret, revision and rejuvenation” Canadian Beats would like to add Resplendent to the list!

Recommended Taster Track: “Take the Bait”

Connect with Jon Stancer:

Hi, I’m originally from the UK; born between the music cities of Liverpool & Manchester, and have been playing guitar and going to see live music ever since High School. Arena gigs are good, but nothing beats the small intimate venues that showcase the talent and energy when a band is just starting out. I love all kinds of music, particularly guitar bands like the Smiths, the Cure, Lemonheads through to the likes of Modest Mouse, July Talk and Catfish & the Bottlemen….oh and coming from Liverpool, I have to say the Beatles!

I have been a Graphic Designer for over 20 years, I love music and I love a good album cover (check out Peter Saville’s creations). Since moving to Halifax, NS in 2009, I have started to write my first music book, and it’s a pleasure to join the talented team at Canadian Beats!

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