Skip to content

Miracle Fortress

Who? Deeply entrenched in the incestuous indie scene of Montreal, art rock outfit Miracle Fortress is piquing interest south of the border. Behind the music is multi-instrumentalist Graham Van Pelt, who is best known for fronting dance-pop trio Think About Life. His vision for this solo side project was rather fittingly brought to life in the super-hip art and performance space he co-founded, entitled Friendship Cove. The result is Five Roses, a blissful foray into space rock, which drops May 22 via Secret City.

What’s the Deal? Miracle Fortress is a fresh departure from the disco house styles of Think About Life. Instead, Five Roses successfully captures a dreamy sonic landscape eerily akin to Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys. Backed by colorful keyboard trills, layered vocal harmonies, and gentle acoustic guitar strums, the lyrics exude a simple and mellow elegance. Van Pelt struggles with inner demons “I’m in no shape to share my point of view/Maybe failing’s the first thing I can do” (“Poetaster”), while simultaneously longing for youthful innocence past, “And maybe when we’re older I’ll be less afraid/And maybe when it gets colder you can come to stay” (“Maybe Lately”).

Fun Fact: Miracle Fortress isn’t always a one-man band. Sunset Rubdown’s Jordan Robson-Cramer (drums), Telefauna’s Adam Waito (keyboard), and SS Cardiacs’ Jessie Stein (guitar) round out Miracle Fortress’ live lineup. ELIE Z. PERLER

Now Hear This: Miracle Fortress – “Have You Seen In Your Dreams” STREAMING MP3

On the Web: Miracle Fortress at MySpace

Talk: The Montreal music scene — totally played or still the rage?

Get a Free Digital Sampler from and Insound!
When you spend $25 at, you can download a free sampler featuring tracks from Bright Eyes, Dungen, Dinosaur Jr., and many more! FIND OUT HOW >>