What’s In Your Fridge is where the Straight asks interesting Vancouverites about their life-changing concerts, favourite albums, and, most importantly, what’s sitting beside the Heinz ketchup in their custom-made Big Chill Retropolitan 20.6-cubic-foot refrigerators.
On the grill
Anna Luth of the Crescent Sky
Who are you
The Crescent Sky is an indie-folk band from B.C. that creates music with soaring vocal harmonies and dynamic instrumentation. The band includes two couples: Anna Luth and Regan Luth, and Anna Ratzlaff and Jason Ratzlaff. Drawing on influences like Bon Iver and Fleetwood Mac, The Crescent Sky’s lyrics flow from intimate confessions to declarations in four-part harmony. The new single “Desert Eyes” is a well-crafted cinematic exploration of longing that reflects a bit of the grief everyone has experienced to some degree over the past few years.
A few years ago, all four of us went to see a Bon Iver concert together. We’ve all been big fans for a long time, and it was incredible to experience such complex music live! We felt so close to the stage, even from the back of a stadium. It was personal and impactful.
We just saw Madison Cunningham a few weeks ago at the Biltmore in Vancouver, and the show was so great it went straight to number one. We were right near the front, practically on the stage, and it was truly unforgettable. Her guitar playing is effortless and the band was so tight. She played “Life According to Raechel” a song off her latest album Revealer—we’ve been listening to it on repeat—just her and guitar, and it was so incredible to experience her music in such an intimate setting.
Top three albums
Feist Metals This is one of those albums where I get excited about every single song. It came out while I was in high school and really opened up my horizons about what music could be. I appreciate all of the orchestral instruments that really build out the songs. In contrast, I think Feist really embraces sonic space in the music; there’s always room for taking a breath and making the listener wait—it gives me goosebumps! I saw her live a few years ago, and she played a lot of her hit songs completely different from the recordings; it was so unique and reminded me that music is never static, you can write your own rules.
The Killers Pressure Machine Each individual song on this record is a unique story and musical experience. Listening to this album as a whole empowers each of the songs individually by creating a world that is painted through the writing. I appreciate Pressure Machine because of the artistry that went into making this movie-like album and the production that is haunting, eerie, and unlike anything the Killers have recorded.
Bon Iver Bon Iver This album is perfection to me. Although I can never remember the titles of the songs, each one is a different feeling; longing, heartbreak, thoughtfulness, etc. When I first found this album, I was discovering who I was as an artist and it helped shape my individuality by inspiring me with its own. Its simplicity and complexity is a tapestry of harmony and melody that I can never get enough of.
Jordan Klassen “Indentivacation” Trying to decide on favourites is really tough, but a stand-out video for us is Jordan Klassen’s “Indentivacation” video. It blends a mastery of humour and creativity in a very endearing way. The various set and costume designs and the clever choreography stand out and make evident the amount of work and talent involved in the creation of the video.
What’s in your fridge
Salsa. Salsa is essential for a good time. Whether it’s late-night nachos, mid-day nachos, or breakfast burritos, we always need salsa on hand. We also always need nacho ingredients available.
Avocados. Avocados taste great on pretty much everything and take a sandwich from 0 to 10. Hot tip: buy a bag of avocados and only keep one on the counter to ripen at a time. Keep the rest in the fridge so that you can stagger the ripening so you don’t accidently waste their creamy goodness.
Worcestershire Sauce. Just so we can struggle everytime we try to say it.
You can check out the Crescent Sky's new single, "Desert Eyes", and 2020 album Wonder, here.