New Wilfred Kozub Albums
Canadian recording artist Wilfred Kozub is soon to release his tenth (anniversary!) Wilfred N & the Grown Men album. This one is called "Passing Through Time" and it does in fact represent the group's music transformation from its earliest new wave scene to a current pop/rock take on its electronic beginnings. The album is due out late in 2016 and arrives close on the heels of Kozub's debut solo instrumental album "What's Gonna Become of Us". Both albums are on the Zönik Records label and the music is/will be available on Broadjam, CDBaby, Bandcamp, AmazingTunes plus iTunes and all the other digital download sites.
I'm In Love With The City - new
Wilfred Kozub is the songwriting/producer leader of Edmonton's Wilfred N & the Grown Men. The new wngm album, "I'm In Love With The City," is a little 'different' from the band's earlier albums and is best described by early reviews . . . "Prolific synth-pop artist Wilfred Kozub has been turning out quality work for some time, and this is his ninth release. This collection features three songs given multiple and fascinating extended remixes (the title cut has five versions here). The sounds are suitably hypnotic, and those enjoying the work of Junior Boys or Caribou should investigate closely." ~ Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music.
and from VUE WEEKLY Magazine . . .
I'm In Love With The City
Wilfred N & the Grown Men
For a set of three songs, the latest record from Wilfred N & the Grown Men sure covers a lot of territory. That's partly because the album is actually nine songs-long, constructed out of the initial three - "I'm In Love With The City," "I Don't Go Out," and "In A Minute x 3" - along with four other versions of the title track and one more for each of the other two. That sort of repetition could very well drag a record down into a swirl of repetitiveness, but here the songs play out across such a wide range of sounds that it feels more like a familiar concept being developed throughout, alternating between construction and deconstruction as the songs are stretched out in inspired directions.
I'm In Love With The City is a dense album of sounds - synths, guitars, drums, samples and more - all used to increasingly hypnotic effect as the record spins towards its end. There's a distinct sense of movement to the album, with the complete three-song cycle playing out twice in a row before the final three variations of the title track - one coming in at 11-minutes long and the other two at seven-and-a-half minutes - close the record out by building on the addictive vocal melody and developing the music around it in unexpected, fantastic ways. There are hidden depths to this album, and it's well worth getting lost within the music, letting the twists and turns lead the way through the maze of sounds.
The Edmonton Journal says . . .
Love is all you need, according to the Beatles. "Nothing can get in the way of love," reiterates Wilfred N & the Grown Men.
The Edmonton foursome's latest art-pop release, I'm In Love With The City, is all about hearting things - your life, his life, "staying in his head," the city, and remixes.
The album, with hints of David Bowie, bossa nova, electro-pop, features three original songs and various interpolations/remixes by the Grown Men - including Nik Kozub and Clint Frazier, who you might know as members of Shout Out Out Out Out. ~ Sandra Sperounes
WNGM Promises "Stop Go Romeo" in
Wilfred Kozub is the songwriter and leader of Wilfred N & the Grown Men, an Edmonton pop recording group with 8 indie albums of engaging and truly original music. With past radio hits in Canada including "I Could Get Closer To You", "Sailing On A Cruiser," and "Thunder on the Tundra," they re-emerged in 2004 with a fresh and inspired 2-cd album titled "Waiting For Luck To Come". Another album of all-new gems, "Stop Go Romeo", came out in 2009, followed close on its heels by the retrospective 'faves' album, "Take Out Menu". Upcoming for Wilfred N & the Grown Men is an EP titled "I'm In Love With The City" in which Wilfred N explores a 'new approach'.
Quotes about the music?
"This lush and accessible pop music transcends trends yet doesn't sound dated. It is timeless yet timely. Neat trick.". . . "Except for maybe a Prairie Beach Boys' kind of vibe, it is truly original." Mike Ross, The Edmonton SUN
"Waiting for Luck to Come is smart, crafty pop containing moments both unexpected and lovely: some stray Hawaiian guitar, a gentle bossa nova groove, melodies that recall Sparklehorse as much as the Beatles . . . their music sounds the way all great music does, playful, inventive and alive." Tom Murray, SEE Magazine