Jay Crocker

The definition of “do-it-yourself” changes quite often, but Jay Crocker sets a totally new standard for all DIY rockers. This Calgary-born Polaris Music Prize nominee once stated that his mission for this was to sound more natural – well, mission accomplished. Released earlier this year, this 10-track LP proves to be just another feather in Crocker’s cap. Self-produced and written in a shack (which he also built by himself), the album doesn’t fail at delivering that “homemade” feeling. Songs such as Porno is a Mustang have an electronic feel, while still keeping close to his roots with band-accompanied songs like Beaver Hat Man. Crocker’s unique style and approach spearhead the Canadian indie music scene, making him a trailblazer to a hopeful trend of DIY rockers to follow.

Published in Volume 66, Number 4 of The Uniter (September 22, 2011)

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