December 19th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 51
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The Anchor: when imperfection is perfection
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
When humans create, truly create, they pour their hearts and souls into their work. And when we’ve poured so much of ourselves into a project, we all know that fear creeping in that it won’t be good enough, our hard work won’t be valued.

That combination of raw exposure of the heart and fear that it won’t be accepted is exactly why it took an entire year for local musician Tynan Groves to release his new album.

It got to the point where enough was enough and, taking the leap, The Anchor was spontaneously released on December 1.

Entirely written and performed by Groves, the 12-tracks album tells profound stories in simple ways, with just a crooning voice and a classical guitar.

It all begins and ends with an instrumental piece.

“With the intro and the outro, I wanted to frame it,” says Groves. “The instrumentals, I just love bands that do that, that have that tenacity and the bravery to put on something without singing. A lot of bands don’t do that anymore.”

In between those instrumental bookends, The Anchor displays vibes of rock, country and folk with some tracks boasting a gritty edge while others show a more sentimental side of Groves.

The album was recorded one year ago at Arch Audio in Calgary and until now, has lived in a database as Groves “hummed and hawed”, waiting for the moment to be right.
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“I think it was fear of rejection. I just lost my mojo. That self-doubt crept in. I’ve recorded a lot of albums and I questioned having another thing out there that’s taking up more space but at the same time, I have to believe in myself,” says Groves. “People have been really encouraging, which has been really nice. Ultimately, I just needed to get it out as art and as an expression of myself. I have so many songs rolling around and I wanted to get them down.”

The entire album was recorded in just four hours in a single take or two. Groves is the first to admit it isn’t perfect, but that organic sound is exactly what he was going for.

“I wanted it fast and super raw. I find that everything is so produced, everything sounds too perfect. You listen to The Beatles or Led Zeppelin or any of those old school guys, there are screw ups all over the place. Even a symphony orchestra, there are little pops or clicks, or someone coughs in the audience. That's part of the life of music,” he says. “When you listed to [popular music today], there is no soul in that. People love that stuff and love to dance around to it, I'm not slamming it, but I want to be kind of the antitheses of that, maybe the balance of those things.”

In fact, Groves wrote Find Yourself in a Heartbeat just one week before recording and Tecumseh Pt. 2, the final track on the album, was entirely improvised on the spot.

There’s a personal story behind the album name, The Anchor, one that Groves wants to keep hidden, but more so, allow people to construct their own connection and interpretation of the title.

“I don’t think I’ll ever tell anyone. That’s the other part, mystery. Everything is so available. You can find out everything about anybody anytime. I've always enjoyed interpreting things and not knowing why it’s called what it’s called,” he says.
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It can be said that music is a part of Groves as much Groves is a part of music. Locally, he is the president of the Crowsnest Pass Music Festival and he is a music teacher at Crowsnest Consolidated High School and Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek. He also teaches music privately at his studio Groves Music and you’ve probably heard him play at some of the many restaurants, gigs and venues around town. Throughout his musical career, he has recorded in studios across Canada in roles both big and small, solo and in a band setting.

All this involvement in music has taught Groves one thing above all else: human connection, an element he hopes resonates through The Anchor.

“I just hope that people like it, that there’s some sort of connection and that they enjoy listening to it,” he says. “I don’t think it’s going to change a life, but maybe somebody has something hidden in the closet like a book or a painting that they’ll think, ‘Okay, maybe I should put this out’. Maybe that’s the good that will come of it.”
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