1. The Acorn – Influence
2. Tigerwing – Coax
3. Grimes – REALiti
4. Doldrums – Loops
5. Braids – Taste
6. Man Made Hill – Angelchylde
7. LIDS – Blank Flag
8. Marie Davidson – Excès De Vitesse
9. TIO – A Simple Way
10. JOOJ – Shoulders and Whispers
11. ANIMAI – Lucia
12. Choses Sauvages – Laura
13. Dream Safari – Starzone
14. Saxsyndrum – Dance, Dance, Dance
15. Violence – L’invention du divertissement
Montreal-via-Calgary wunderkind Jean Sebastien Audet is back at it. Within seconds, “Always”, from Un Blonde‘s upcoming Water the Next Day, is an obvious departure from Audet’s previous work – the track owes more to D’Angelo than This Heat.
This time around, he’s ditched the brittle, spidery guitars that usually frame his work for rough-around-the-edges experimental pop. If you’ve been paying attention, the shift shouldn’t be too much of a shock. Audet’s various projects have frequently played genre ping-pong and the title track on his Craft Singles tape earlier this year teased the sputtering r&b exhibited on “Always”. Still, Audet hallmarks – namely saturated 4-track experimentalism and ramshackle percussion – are present. Major digs.
We’ve been fans of Xarah Dion for quite some time now, since her days as Nouveau Zodiaque. Her brand of Cocteau Twins/Kate Bush style dreamy synth-pop is exactly the kind of thing that we love. Add a little bit of gothy elements, and you’ve got a recipe for perfection.
“Sottises” is the final track on last year’s phenomenal Le Mal Nécessaire, which is still available for purchase via Bandcamp. The video treatment here is as minimal as the song, letting Dion’s personality, and the epic emotionality shine through.
Actors are a Vancouver electronic pop group led by Jason Corbett, who we’re only finding out about now (thanks to a tip from BonesPOP), and sheesh, we have been missing out! We’ll never tire of hearing classic-sounding synthpop songs like their latest single “Let it Grow,” a pulsing, pounding single with super-catchy synth melodies and meticulous-yet-pure-pop production. Wonderful stuff!
The new Braids record is now officially one of our most anticipated of the year. First we had the fiery call-to-arms of “Miniskirt”, and now we have a tremendous and emotionally cathartic anthem to go with it: “Taste.” “We experience the love that we think we deserve” is one of the finest lyrics in recent memory, and it’s delivered by singer Raphaelle Standelle-Preston with the force and catchiness of a mainstream pop hook. “Taste” is a mid-tempo mainstream-leaning single that could be commercially huge but still sounds intimately connected to the band’s roots. What a wonderful development, we didn’t think Braids could get any better.