It seems appropriate to feature the trio August and After on the last day of the month that is part of their name. The selection of the song “Vancouver Waves” was an easy one. Yes, the viola adds texture and beauty, but that’s equally true of many of the tracks from August and After. Similarly, the harmonies are striking, as with other songs by August and After.
It’s the vocal layering that distinguishes “Vancouver Waves" from other songs of the trio and from most music recommended by Indie Obsessive. The arrangement of the vocal layering is sophisticated and the execution is elegant. It begins 55 seconds into the song, when the lead voice begins the second stanza. A second male voice joins, but with the first three lines of the first stanza, similar to a musical round. The second voice doesn't complete the first stanza, instead getting to and repeating the third line, after which a female voice joins in harmony with the lead to complete the second stanza. That description doesn't include subtleties of the vocal layering. Clearly, significant thought went into the arrangement.
Lyrics of “Vancouver Waves” by August and After