Calcedon – Sparrow

“Sparrow,” the debut song from Hamilton’s Calcedon is an understated, breezy pop song, and an incredible first single from the burgeoning project. Straddling the line between mainstream and experimental, the song’s stumbling staccato rhythm bursts sets it apart from their contemporaries in the genre, building to a beautiful crescendo of the chorus and four-on-the-floor outro.

The video–directed by David Schuurman–uses Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, to dazzling effect focusing on the intense relationship an artist can have with their work when using such precision.

Echo, the debut album from Calcedon is out March 25th. Based on this, we expect great things.

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Cocobeurre – Talk To Me

We’ve gone much too long without the essential electro-psych of Montreal duo Cocobeurre, but thankfully that all changes today with “Talk To Me”, which we’re honoured to premiere today.

The first release since their stunning EP In and Out of Time (our #2 EP of 2014), “Talk to Me” is decidedly on the more psychedelic and energetic side of their sound. Coco Khan’s echoey coos float in an ether above an unrelenting synth bass, with hypnotic synths contrasting strangely (but perfectly) with the pummelling snare. No surprise at all that we’re in love with this, and hope it means more from Cocobeurre on the horizon. For now, grab “Talk to Me” from their Bandcamp page.

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Teen Daze – Themes For Dying Earth

Over the years, Abbotsford‘s Jamison Isaak, aka Teen Daze, has given us no end of treasures, with a discography of albums and EPs ranging from the blissfully psychedelic to the austerely ambient. But there’s something about Themes For Dying Earth, his fifth full-length album, that both synthesizes all his previous work and yet goes even deeper. The themes are familiar: paying attention and properly valuing the people and world around us, and recognizing their fragility. But this time, it feels like he’s discovered whole new plateau of masterful ambient pop. Stunning minimalist pieces appear in between brilliant, delicate pop songs, often featuring guest singers. An intricate, infinitely rewarding listen, Themes for Dying Earth is one of the finest records of the young year.

Themes for Dying Earth is available now digitally and on vinyl from Teen Daze’s own Flora Records. Teen Daze is currently on tour in North America, with shows in Montreal and Toronto this weekend. Check out the dates on Bandcamp.

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