Swan Sky Sea Squirrel
He skipped a stone and it made a sound. He walked the ravine and came across a melody.
Swan Sky Sea Squirrel, a collection of 11 new songs from shadow troubadour Doug Tielli is a psychogeographic map of an invisible city. Sandy beaches, colonies of cormorants and tall sinewy trees creeping with spirits are not what you generally associate with Toronto but this is what you discover in the small chain of islands off the harbour of the Big Smoke.
Tielli wrote and recorded over a 3 month stay on the island. Playing nearly all the instruments himself, guitars, trombone, saw, sounds, bass, drums, percussion and singing, he emerged with a haunting document. Swan Sky Sea Squirrel guides us through the curiosities of the island, along the banks of the Humber river and gets us back to the Tranzac just in time for the show. Evoking Brian Wilson, Palace Brothers, both father and son Buckley, Tielli articulates a million thoughts, intimates decades and imparts a life’s worth of emotions in less than an hour.
Brother of Martin (Rheostatics), and John (Metal Kites), Doug Tielli is a testament to the multiverse that is the underground music scene born of The Tranzac, the Toronto Australia New Zealand Club, musical home to many of Toronto’s shadow wizards like Sandro Perri, Ryan Driver, Eric Cheneaux and Alex Lukashevsky. There you might find Doug singing and playing guitar and trombone in critically beloved acts like The Silt, Drumheller, and the Reveries.