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The Split

The Split

For many of us, soul music is a fondness we just can’t shake, and finding “new” soul music often means digging deep into the crates for something fresh -- if you’ve found yourself in this situation, might we recommend checking out THE SPLIT (

For the 7-piece ensemble homegrown in Canada’s capital, new life is breathed into the soulful sound you’ve been yearning for by stark ingenuity. The band’s break-out project Can’t Get Enough is energetically infused with guitar parts, horns and bass reminiscent of 60’s soul rock and 70’s soul funk, and features dreamy synth sequences that render its sound euphoric and entirely distinct.

THE SPLIT's original songs are both vivacious dance tunes as much as they are melancholic reflections on life and love. Lead singer Matt Chaffey’s smoky timbre elicits memories of Chess Records’ golden era, while poignantly expressing thoughts of loss, stress, heartbreak, and starting over. In sum, if you’ve been searching for a sound that reflects and distinctly re-imagines the best of soul music, look no further than THE SPLIT.?

Working with the talented and experienced Ken Friesen (MonkeyJunk, The Tragically Hip, Great Big Sea et al.) and Phillip Victor Bova (Feist, Bahamas, Hilotrons et al.), THE SPLIT's debut EP Can’t Get Enough combines the mind-blowing vocals of frontman Matthew Chaffey, hard-hitting bass lines, and incredible horn tracks laid down by the legendary Texas Horns (Austin, TX).

Can't Get Enough was released in March 2014 under Label Records (Ottawa, Canada;

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