Premiere: Best Fern – It Means I Love You

Jessy Lanza‘s “It Means I Love You” was one of our favourite songs in 2016, and we’re so excited to share this new rendition by Montreal‘s Best Fern.

It hits the cover sweet spot: translating everything great about the original song into a brand new feeling that stands on its own legs. Made with analog gear (true to Lanza’s original vision), ┬áthis new version has softer vocals, silence liberally woven into the beats for dramatic effect, and a distinctive, dreamy playfulness.

The duo, Alexia Avina and Nick Schofield, have been playing it as part of their live show, which you can catch in the coming weeks in Montreal (with former-Majical Cloud Devon Welsh!) on January 25 or in Ottawa on February 2.

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We’ve gone just a bit too long without a track from soulful electro-R&B Toronto duo The Precious Lo’s, who just got darker and more mysterious with their contemplative, and very appropriately-titled new single “Thinking”. Subtlety is the name of the game here, as softly crooning vocals float above a deep bass, and the whole track is wrapped in a wonderfully synthy gauze.

No word on any upcoming releases for the Lo’s, but you can grab “Thinking” from Bandcamp, PWYW.

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At this point longtime readers should be quite familiar with our on-going affection for Toronto’s Pick a Piper. So much so, that I don’t think we even need to mention the connection Brad Weber has to Caribou as their regular collaborator/drummer anymore. That said, comparisons are hard to avoid with “Nikko” an arpeggiated synth-laden beauty of a track that is quite reminiscent of Dan Snaith’s early work as Manitoba, or his more recent instrumental noodling with Daphni. The track really takes off when the clicky drums come in around the halfway mark, but we’ll always be suckers for the sort of synth lines that Weber starts the song off with.

“Nikko” is the second single off Distance, out February 24 on Abandon Building and March 3 on Tin Angel Records.

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