Cory Myraas of WINDMILLS

Yesterday evening in an alleyway outside of Milkcrate records, I was lucky enough to meet up with Cory Myraas of “Windmills” and we talked about his new EP as well as what he’s been up to since the last time we got together.

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What was your inspiration for your E.P?
Musically, I’ve been listening to a lot of Brian Eno’s stuff and so I wanted to take that inspiration and focus on production. Keeping things polished and as tight as possible.

How would you say your music style is changing?
In my opinion, I’ve gotten a lot smarter with how to use my equipment, so it’s not so much of a battle as it was before. Learning from that, I wanted to work more on producing a songwriters record.

Why did you pick the title?
It comes from a phrase from the book “Don Quixote” and in the book he charges windmills with a lance, because he thinks they’re giants. It’s referred to as “tilting at windmills”. I thought that the title would work well with the themes of the record, and how the oversimplification of things isn’t always honest and pure. Thematically it tied in with the lyrics and the way everything came together.

When can we expect a full-length album?
Probably not for awhile, I don’t want to peg myself down. Right now, I think I want to tour extensively and polish my music as I go.

So do you have plans for touring?
Yeah, as it’s going right now I’m getting opportunities from all over. I’ve been working on just touching base with people from wherever I can.

What’s been going on since last time we spoke?
Just playing shows, I’ve been working on the record a lot too. I’ve been really lucky to have a feature in Vernon and I might be  doing something for CBC radio, so yeah just been working on my material and trying to get my name out there.

If you have yet to check out WINDMILLS, I highly recommend Myraas’ music. His style blends a singer/songwriters passion into an ambient, experimental sound.

When someone can write complex lyrics and also such concise short lyrics such as “Hold me in suspense, before I lose my head. Hold me in your arms, before we kiss goodnight”, without taking away from the experience of the song, you know you’re listening to pure talent.

That’s just one example that stood out, so do yourself a favour and pick up his album “Keep Moving” and stay tuned for his EP release of “Tilting” which comes out February 9th at Streaming Cafe in Kelowna.


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