For my money, Eamon McGrath is the greatest Canadian artist that you’ve never heard. But hey, there’s always hope — specifically Bells Of Hope, the prolific troubadour and producer’s umpteenth release.
It’s the latest chapter in a loose musical trilogy that began with his pivotal 2018 album Tantramar and its 2019 followup Guts, which found McGrath moving from guitar-based roots and punk into richer and more experimental territory. Bells Of Hope pushes the envelope even further with poetic lyrics, innovative songcraft and distinctively striking production. Put them all together and you have one of the smartest, sharpest and strongest indie releases of this year. Go listen to it below. You won’t be disappointed. But first, watch McGrath talk to me about his career, his creative process, his other underheralded gig as a novelist and plenty more. Hope you like it. Get more Eamon McGrath at his website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Bandcamp.