CD PICK OF THE WEEK! Kind and delightful words from the wonderful Stephen Cooke, the arts reporter for The Chronicle Herald.: “….he (macisaac) pilots a Noah’s Ark of instruments through Health’s crests and sloughs of childhood dreams and adult disappointments.” Stephen should write the lyrics for the next Blinkers album!
Jul 20, 2013 Chronicle Herald pick of the week
Jul 20, 2013 Musicnerd.ca reviews Health
More than a decade in the making, The Heavy Blinkers, Nova Scotia’s finest purveyors of pop music, return with the wonderful Health. Wearing a Beach Boys Smile-era influence proudly on his sleeves, Jason MacIsaac is the songwriting genius behind the band. Like Brian Wilson before him, MacIsaac prefers to weave his magic behind the songs instead of behind the microphone, leaving Health’s vocal duties up to the likes of Jenn Grant, Melanie Stone and more. Flushed out by strings, horns and more, the exuberant, unadulterated joy running through Health is simply magnificent.
Jul 20, 2013 Health in the Toronto Star
For awhile, this Halifax band’s next album looked as though it would be consigned to the same fate as Smile, the Beach Boys album that spent years struggling to emerge from limbo. But now, a mere seven years after he began working on it, Jason Michael MacIsaac — the last remaining original member of this orchestral-pop outfit — is weeks away from seeing it come to fruition. With the help of genre heavyweights Sondre Lerche and the High Lllamas’ Sean O’Hagan, along with Maritime luminary Jenn Grant, MacIsaac has created something that, based on this preview, makes its lofty aspirations — Frank Sinatra’s overlooked concept album Watertown (bit.ly/PvW1CA) and Van Dyke Parks’ Song Cycle (bit.ly/MeV6VG) have been mentioned as touchstones — far from far-fetched. (From Health, out July 30, bit.ly/11zp9FD)
Jul 20, 2013 Thanks Exclaim!
Nearly 10 years on from the release of the Heavy Blinkers’ The Night and I Are Still Young, the Halifax indie-pop band are set to make their return with a long-in-the-works album called Health. The band self-release the set on July 30.
A press release notes that work on the 16-song album started as far back as 2006, with a 20-piece choir assembling to sing on opening cut “As Long As You Have Your Health.” Since then, members of the band proper have come and gone, leaving founder Jason Michael MacIsaac the only remnant of the original lineup.