Premiere: Doug Hoyer Mixtape | Under The Radar Magazine Under the Radar | Music Blog for the Indie Music Magazine
Sunday, August 1st, 2021  

Premiere: Doug Hoyer Mixtape (Sled Island Edition)

Sled Island Runs June 18-22 in Calgary, Canada

Jun 16, 2014 mixtapes Bookmark and Share

This Wednesday, Under the Radar is headed to the Sled Island Festival. Our festival mixtape series continues with an entry from Doug Hoyer, who will be opening for St. Vincent. Hoyer may claim that he’s “just a fellow who wants to sing you his songs.” But said songs are nothing short of elaborate pop confections layered sky-high with heartbreak. (Fans of Jens Lekman, consider yourself put on notice.)

Says Hoyer of his mixtape picks:

I approached this mix as if it were an episode of my radio show. I host a morning show on CJSR in Edmonton called “Great Face for Radio.” The neat thing about hosting a morning show is that I imagine most listeners hearing it from their alarm clock, as they wake up, and the songs that I’m playing are getting tangled up in their dreams.

I chose Jom Comyn’s “Wish Upon a Storm” to open the mix up for two reasons. 1: that it’s simply a gorgeous, beautiful song both lyrically and musically, and the arrangement is perfect. The song opens with Jom Comyn’s baritone call, “When you wait for the perfect storm…” which, in the context of Sled Island, is somewhat ominous. For those who don’t know, Sled Island (and all of southern Alberta) experienced terrible flash flooding. Houses being torn up and dragged along the rivers. Calgary was evacuated, left like a post apocalyptic zombie land. The second reason it’s included is because of these lyrics: “The night is shorter than it was only two nights ago and I am older than I have ever been before.” This line resonates so much with us in Edmonton; in the winter we only have a limited few hours of daylight, with the only consolation being that we know that now, as I type this in the summer, we have only a few hours of darkness.

The rest of the mix is just a little journey, eventually (and hopefully) leading you to dance a bit, or bob in your seat (just try to resist moving to Kiki Gyan!). The final two tracks deal with identity: The B-52’s exclaiming all the preposterous things people can want to be, while Eruption reminds us to just be ourselves “instead of trying to be somebody else.”

Have fun at Sled Island!

Listen to Hoyer’s contribution below. You can also revisit the previous mixes in our Sled Island series from Chelsea Wolfe, Blitzen Trapper, Each Other, and Royal Canoe. For those headed to Calgary, Sled Island’s schedule and lineup details lives here.

Doug Hoyer Mixtape For Under the Radar Magazine (Sled Island Edition) by Under_Radar_Mag on Mixcloud


1. Jom Comyn: Wish Upon a Storm

2. An Evening with Windham Hill: Clockwork / “What Kind of Lives are These?”

3. Diamond Mind: Closed Circut

4. Royal Canoe: Bathtubs

5. Mongo: (Unmarked 45 single)

6. Kiki Gyan: 24 Hours in a Disco

7. Renny Wilson: Could’ve It Been Me

8. The B-52’s: Song for a Future Generation

9. Eruption: Be Yourself

Artists that are BOLD are some great acts from Western Canada, who are also playing Sled Island 2014.






Submit your comment

Name Required

Email Required, will not be published


Remember my personal information
Notify me of follow-up comments?

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

There are no comments for this entry yet.