Giants & Dreamers is the name ascribed to the colourful collection of songs featured on the debut album by Toronto, Canada’s Bravestation. The album can be downloaded from the band’s Bandcamp page http://bravestation.bandcamp.com/
Bravestation combine the ambient textures and spaced-out guitars of New Wave with colourful harmonies and tribal percussion to achieve a sound both immediately familiar and new. Or, as Flavorpill put it, “if Foals moved to Canada and joined Wolf Parade, they might sound something like Bravestation, boasting flawless vocal harmonies and genre-bending melodies.”
They released a self-recorded/produced EP in 2010, which i(heart)music called “one of the best albums of the year…occupying a space somewhere between The National and The Killers,” and The Toronto Star stated consisted of “airy, sidewinding mini-epics”.
2012 sees the release of their debut full-length - an effort that has seen Bravestation dive even deeper into their realm of sonic exploration and imagination as evidenced by their latest single ‘Western Thrills’.
The song-writing and recording process for the new album began over a year ago, with each member capturing ideas in isolation on their home computers; the resulting demos shared in a communal online space for collective sculpting. An independent one month tour of the United Kingdom in June 2011, following an invitation to play the main stage at North-East England’s largest music festival, Evolution (alongside Iggy and The Stooges, Two Door Cinema Club & The Kills), provided a great opportunity to road test the new material in front of a foreign audience; before returning to Toronto to finish the album in basements, bedrooms and Canterbury Studio.