CMJ Recommended Artist: Rich Aucoin

Rich Aucoin
Rich Aucoin

Haligonian Rich Aucoin first came across my radar a couple of years ago when I noticed his Personal Publication EP was making some waves on the Canadian college charts. He’s in town this week to play a couple of rare NYC dates supporting the release of his Public Publication EP, a teaser for his new Public Publication full length album. If you’re out and about at CMJ, you can catch Rich at the following dates and times:

Rich Aucoin CMJ 2010 Dates
Oct 19 – Ace of Clubs (CMJ Showcase)
Oct 20 – Arlene’s Grocery (Canadian Blast Showcase | 8pm)

Rich’s long germinating Public Publication LP is set to be released in early 2011 on Sonic Entertainment.

On a mission to create a euphoric communal experience, Rich Aucoin writes music that transcends. With Public Publication, Aucoin has created anthemic pop, breaking the barriers between audience and performers, inviting everyone to create this lush-yet simplistic, electro-pop music together.

The focus of Public Publication is simply to contain as much of the country as possible. Featuring more than 500 musicians and recorded locally from Victoria, BC to St. John’s, NL (and as far north as Dawson City, YK), the album was made in professional studios, bedrooms and churches. Performers range from members of some of Canada’s biggest bands to fans with little to no musical training. It took over two years of traveling to schedule and record all these individuals. The amazing part is that Public Publication still feels like a simple, well-written pop album…but deep within lies the communal inspiration that encourages Aucoin to follow through with his ambitious ideas.

Watch a teaser trailer for Rich Aucoin Live and stream the four song Public Publication EP after the jump.