Arbutus is an artistic community based in Montreal. Beginning as a DIY loft space inhabiting community, Arbutus Records developed to cultivate and promote the bands associated with the scene. Perhaps still best known for its releases, Arbutus is by no means a traditional record label, with endeavours into film and literature well and truly underway.
Forming in the fall of 2008, the label has arguably one of the most exciting eclectic rosters around, with the likes of Grimes, TOPS and Tonstartssbandht providing a well-crafted experimental take on styled pop music.
Arbutus continues to develop a scene and culture, with each member’s success contributing to the success of the whole. Individual talents combine for a stronger product and artistic identity.
Sean Nicholas Savage – You Changed Me
Taken from his December 2011 release ‘Flamingo, Montreal based Sean Nicholas Savage was the first ever artist released on Arbutus. Sitting somewhere between a mix of electro pop and eighties disco funk, Sean Nicholas Savage is truly one of a kind!
Click HERE for a free download of “You Changed Me”
TOPS – Turn Your Love Around
The Montreal based four-piece create highly addictive melodic pop songs. Recorded and reworked several times by the band at La Brique, the loft venue which serves as the creative hub for Arbutus Records
Click HERE for a free download of “Turn Your Love Around”
Tonstartssbandht – Shot To La Parc
Tonstartssbandht comprises of two Florida based brothers, that released a 12″ on Arbutus in 2011 and will be touring North America in the spring (with some shows at SXSW)- they also have two solo projects, Eola and Andy Boay respectively.
Click HERE for a free download of “Shot To La Parc”