Louie Short: Omw 4ev

Repetitive piano figures and relaxed vocals impart a slacker rock vibe.

Louie Short: Omw 4ev

By Kerry Doole

Louie Short - Omw 4ev (444%): This Toronto/LA-based singer/songwriter had not crossed the radar of this scribe until now, but he has quickly made an impression with the release (last week) of his second album, Omw 4ev, and this title track, its new single.

In a press release, Short explains that "This song basically repeats itself over and over and yet never feels the same. This is how I feel about love." Commenting on the accompanying video,  he continues: "This is a video about a man in metamorphosis. Please note that the caterpillar -> chrysalis footage was filmed by ME! It is not stock footage, it is very rare and special."


The tune features repetitive piano figures amidst a sparse production, and the slacker rock feel brings to mind Mac DeMarco and Steve Malkmus of Pavement.

There's an interesting story behind What Can I Do, the first single taken from Omw 4ev. The song was written by Louie’s father, Michael Short, and Toronto artist BJ Cook in the late '70s. A version of it was recorded at the old RCA studios with the intent of selling it – possibly through BJ’s ex-husband David Foster – but nothing came of it and the tape disappeared. 40 years later, an engineer who’d always like the recording digitized it and emailed it to the writers. His dad played it for him and Short cut his version of the tune.

Short produces and mixes his own material, and the songcraft he displays marks him a contender.

He has an album release show at Toronto's Monarch Tavern on Nov. 17. Tix here.






Publicity: Ken Beattie, Killbeat

Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Joey Martinez

Neil Young and Crazy Horse


Neil Young's Love Earth Tour Will Take Him Throughout Canada

The Canadian icon is bringing his Love Earth Tour with Crazy Horse to Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Burnaby. He's also added a second date at Toronto's Budweiser Stage, accompanying the release of his new album, FU##IN' UP.

Neil Young is showing some love to Canadian cities on his Love Earth tour. While his original tour announcement featured just one stop in his home country, in Toronto's Budweiser Stage, he's now announced dates in Manitoba, Alberta and B.C., as well as a second show at Toronto's Budweiser Stage, in response to "incredible fan demand."

The original tour was set to kick off in San Diego at the end of April and finish in Chicago in May. These five new dates pick things back up in July, with stops in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and Young's hometown of Winnipeg. The tour finishes at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby B.C.

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