By Mat Wilkins
VANCOUVER – Sam Tudor’s new album Quotidian Dream is slated to drop later this summer, and in the event that this is the first you’ve heard of him, congratulations: you’re just in time. In the wake of his debut album, The Modern New Year, released three years ago, Tudor has capitalized on the opportunity for an auditory changeup with a deftness and creativity that would make even a musical makeoverist like T-Pain green with envy.
“I grew up in a community that really appreciated acoustic instrumentation and earthy vibes,” says Tudor of his pre-Vancouver days in William’s Lake, BC. After moving to Vancouver, however, (with a population almost 300 times as large) new influences were plenty— if not a little incessant. Having spent his childhood in Gavin Lake Forest Research Centre where his father is camp manager, Tudor’s relationship with things like music blogs and social media naturally became intimate a smidge later than most.
“I started getting caught up in contextualizing my music; I tried placing it somewhere in relation to what people thought about it, but I realized doing that can be restrictive and stressful.”
Tudor’s relationship with his own creativity continued going through changes during his three year hiatus, eventually culminating in a full length album that was written, recorded, yet never released. With his sights set on artistic integrity, (and deciding to settle for nothing less than an authentic and masterful record) the unnamed project was archived and forgotten. This meticulousness shines through in the album, a carefully considered collection of music covering a breadth of emotion and insight that will keep listeners captivated from start to finish.
The music of Quotidian Dream was influenced by various scenes in Vancouver that Tudor experienced first-hand, including genres like noise, psych rock and jazz. But as a recent film graduate from UBC, he claims to have found an unexpected but considerable amount of influence in cult cinema of all things. Describing the main inspiration for the album’s concept as being like the opening scene of Blue Velvet, Tudor says he often found himself feeling uneasy and confused about the all-too-common facade of perfection hovering over Vancouver, as a collective while a chaotic unease oozes and swirls beneath its shiny surface. Quotidian Dream is an album that is lyrically insightful, beautifully self-aware and sonically interesting, providing listeners with an excellent collection of music that will tide them over for years to come— but lets all hope that’s not too far down the road!Sam Tudor