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"Magnet Magazine"

I’m sorry forever and for always is the soundtrack for any slow news day, the electronic equivalent of an afterglow. - Magnet Magazine (US), June 2004


"Spin Magazine"

melodious laptop wiz!

- SPIN Magazine (US), February 2005


"The Wire"

[vitaminsforyou]’s muddled, faintly transmitted Ambient melodies and processed vocals loosely fall together after a fashion that suggests either imminent collapse, or a haphazard adhesion. That neither occurs conclusively is a testament to [his] juggling of the various parts which make up this off-kilter sometimes surprisingly benign music. - The Wire, March 2004


"Scene & Heard"

No wonder we’ve had to wait three years for a new album by Winnipeg’s Vitaminsforyou (pseudonym of Bryce Kushnier). This big, power-packed 19-track epic sounds more like it was 10 years in the making.

There’s a lot to listen to here, not just with the sheer number of tracks, but also the amount of sound jammed into each one. Every track is like its own sonic adventure, filling your space with a wall of well-produced harmonies, melodies, samples and reverbs.

With the way it flows seamlessly from one track to the next, it’s difficult to centre on any one song. It’s almost as though the album is one big song, and if you aren’t paying attention to the display on your stereo, you’ll find yourself having listened to three while still thinking you’re listening to one.

The Legend Of Bird’s Hillhas something for everyone. If you like the electronic psychedelic stuff, then this one’s definitely for you. However, rock fans will enjoy a lot of what Kushnier offers up here too; and if you like beats there’s even a few hip-hop and dance tinges.

Use Vitaminsforyou’s heavily experimental The Legend Of Bird’s Hill as a sort of travel agent. If you ever feel like going to another world without the drugs or hefty traveling expenses, pick up a copy of this album, you’ve got about 19 destinations to choose from (consider the interludes as day trips). - Scene & Heard by Mark Carcasole


"See Magazine (CND)"

It’s a shame that Winnipegger Bryce Kushnier (aka Vitaminsforyou) won’t get the recognition fellow natives Joni Mitchell or Neil Young have received–because he shares the same lyrical and musical understanding of our land as they do, although in a new and different way.

Folkies, techheads, and hip-hoppers should open up to the fusions and effort of this beautiful document of prairie livin’ that’s more relevant to our times than old NFB films.

Case in point: an ode to the pioneering spirit of "The Ukrainians" presents first-person impressions of a new land complete with horn bursts, scratching, synth lines, and a tight funk groove that he also weaves into "Me, Arden and Iran-Contra," as well as the closer "It’s Not The Brown That Makes Your Eyes So Pretty."

The spine-tingling synthpop of "Six O’Clock Whispers" (a duet w/Devon Kerslake) will remind some of The Postal Service’s best moments as will "It Is Always Raining In Dublin," featuring Emm Gryner, while the epic "So Long Pleasant Bay" stretches out over eight minutes of chants and the twang of a bed of warm guitars. - See Magazine by Prosper Prodaniuk


"Grooves Magazine"

The second full-length from Bryce Kushnier—three years on from I’m Sorry Forever and For Always— stands as an abreaction to the malady which has left dreams, illusions, and passion largely impotent. Tracks shy away from an obvious virtuosity, allowing purling synth melodies, skittering drums, and sleepwalking vocal lines to form knotty arrangements that make space for fuzziness, tremor, and chance.

The more dynamic and less ruminative opening songs especially teem with information. Favoring a textural approach, “Six O’clock Whispers� and “Being Away Fame� have a sweltering energy about them, as shimmering trumpet lines and muted clarinet smears color outside the lines of the orderly, repetitive electronic beat. By the closing “It’s Not the Brown That Makes Your Eyes So Pretty,� however, more harder-edged textures are introduced, with scrapping strings and astringent feedback noise kindling a pensive energy that slowly burns out.

At 19 tracks sprawling nearly 74 minutes, The Legend of Bird’s Hill could stand a bit of pruning. Like most attempts to revive a dying principle, this album’s retreat into the illusory is short-lived, though when it does lift its feet off the ground, its flight is convincing, not to mention a great deal of fun. - Grooves by Max Schaefer


"Ottawa Xpress (CND)"

Witness the evolution of Bryce Kushnier, a.k.a. Vitaminsforyou, as he further sheds his processed past in favour of a plate that offers us the best of both worlds - the acoustic and the electronic. His voice leads the charge here, prevalent throughout, backed by an array of instruments (from choirs to handclaps to strings to flutes to vibes), and beats programmed and live. This is much more an examination and expansion of a new pop sound as interpreted by this electro generation, the two strands rendered completely harmonious. File this one beside Mitchell Akiyama (he is Intr_version by the way), Greg Davis and The Books. - Ottawa Xpress by Steve Guimond


"ffwd - Calgary (CND)"

When contemplating laptop-based glitch electronica, Winnipeg, Manitoba is most likely one of the last locales to jump to mind. Having recently relocated themselves to the somewhat more suitable environs of Montreal, ex-prairie boys Vitaminsforyou match big city ideas with small-town sentiment, in the process borrowing all the best bits from both their new home and the wide open spaces of Manitoba (both the province and the like-minded band).

The charming whispery-soft vocals of "It’s Only Snow = It’s Only Sunshine" alongside the delayed guitars of "Annie & Nicky" – not to mention the way each individual beat seems different from the one that comes before it (giving away the presence of real humans behind the keypads) – make I’m Sorry Forever And For Always stick out from the otherwise faceless veneer this sort of thing usually carries.

Combine their undeniable personality with songs as pretty as the epic closer "Churchill," and it’s clear 2004 is already marked with one of the year’s best under-the-radar releases. - ffwd by Mark Hamilton


"Stylus Magazine"

Vitaminsforyou . . . jumps oh-so-drunkenly between the foreground and the background of your thoughts, cutting away from musical preludes and quiet, andante movements into insistent beats and single vocal phrases that repeat themselves until they form a golden, latter-day hymn. - Stylus Magazine, January 2004.


"Cracked"

It is so soft and warm and emotional, yet also progressive and innovative, full of beautiful melodies and impeccable sounds and structures. Like waves of a warm sea washing over you, with gentle beats and creative sounds and samples. Vitamins For You might has managed to produce the first electronic “emo-“album ever. - Cracked January 2004


Discography

I’m sorry for ever and for always”
(2003)
“The Legend of Bird’s Hill” (2006)
highly sought after limited EP (2004)

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Bio

Few stories take 10 years to tell and this one is just beginning…
In a world where dime a dozen electro-music bedroom producers fill the expanding blogosphere of the Internet and flavour of
month DIY indie rockers, the reigning stars of this post-iTunes music industry disappear sooner than their sophomore
releases; it is hard to imagine anyone sticking around for more than 10 years. But Winnipeg-born, Montreal-school’d,
Toronto-based Canadian Bryce Kushnier has been doing just that, exploring the many faces of his critically-acclaimed
vitaminsforyou project for more than a decade.
Garnering world-wide attention through the release of his two award winning albums ‘I’m sorry for ever and for always”
(2003) and “The Legend of Bird’s Hill” (2006), as well as highly sought after limited EP (2004), Kushnier’s vitaminsforyou
toured the world alongside similarly forward-thinking artists playing shows and making festival appearances throughout North
& South America and Europe. With taste-making publications from USA to Germany and from Japan back to Canada such
as the Wire, De:bug, Stylus, XLR8R, Grooves, Afterhours, and Spin all singing his praises, he was rewarded in the spring of
2007 with the prestigious Song of the Year Qwartz Pro/Art Electronic Music Award for The Legend of Bird’s Hill’s standout
single, The Ukranians.
While it has been less than three years since his last full-length vitaminsforyou album, Kushnier has nevertheless been very
busy in the studio and on the road with other artists. His recent credits include work with Constellation records’ Do Make Say
Think & Lullabye Arkestra; Mitchell Akiyama’s Désormais and Avia Gardner projects; production for Montreal’s Hexes and
Ohs, Emm Gryner, Fritz Helder and The Phantoms and collaborations with Mike Feuerstack (Wooden Stars, Belle Orchestre,
Kepler & Snailhouse), Belgians aMute and appearing on the GRAMMY NOMINATED (2009) album by Mexico’s biggest
electronic export The Nortec Collective; as well as original music for television, film, commercials and contemporary dance.
Having spent a good deal of his time this past year spinning records in clubs around the world, remixing other artists and
breaking in his new live band to enthusiastic party hungry crowds, vitaminsforyou’s highly anticipated third full-length release
he closed his eyes . . . so he could dance with you promises to expand on his recent dance floor interests while continuing
with his dynamic and melodic trademark touches.