We’ve never been shy about the fact that we love Ken Park. Toronto’s Scott Harwood makes some of most perfectly executed, emotionally deep dance music out there, so it’s about time to formally place him in our Pile of Best Albums!
You Think About It Too Much was recorded over the course of a Berlin winter, and the end result is stuffed with musical layers and excellent production. Most of the songs push past the five minute mark, giving enough space to fully develop and expand each idea. And those ideas are definitely great ones, ranging from the downtrodden melody of “He Says I’m an Island (I Won’t Try and Find Him)” to the partial synth scales flitting through the opening of “Stay at Mine.”
The album manages to be perfect for long days walking around a city, observing the life around you and getting lost in your own thoughts, and at the same time ideal for cavorting at a crowded house party, dancing and making memories. That’s because it’s a perfect mixture of focused introspective vocals and atmospheric, bass-driven pop.
Don’t think about it too much – get into Ken Park.
Gavin Noir, one of our favourite new artists of 2014, has graced us with a new song/free download. The Londoner makes chilled-out electro-pop, similar in vein to his comrades in arms New Zebra Kid and Halcyon, who also hail from The Forest City.
His newest song is a short ditty, but continues to build anticipation for his next release, whether it be an album, EP or another song. We’ve said it before, but London has one of the most interesting music scenes in the country right now, and we love to see it continue to thrive so.
The piano chords at the beginning prepare you for the epic journey you’re about to go on, but it’s not until the huge throbbing bass arpeggiator comes in that you really understand what Vancouver’s Sur Une Plage are up to. Having released one of the finest songs of the year in “Restaurant”, this song is the slow brooding cousin to that frantic synthpop gem. This duo composed of Joshua Wells (of Black Mountain and Lightning Dust) and Colin McKill is one of our favourite new bands we’ve discovered this year, and all their tracks are free on Bandcamp. Go bask in their glory!
Mimico – a Torontonian band named after the Torontonian neighbourhood – make excellent electro-kosmiche music we at Silent Shout can really get behind. “Fate Screen” rides an ominous krautrock groove to the edge of the solar system amidst guitar freakouts and synth spasms- it’s perfect for a midnight kruise down the Autobahn. Psychedelic space-goths, unite!
The track is taken from a forthcoming split with Fresh Snow on Reel Cod Records, who will also release Mimico’s forthcoming LP Incantations in January.
Dean Jones Armada (of “High as a Cat” fame) hath become Astro Screamer, and this new project is quite a bit darker and more intense. An evil soundscape worthy of John Carpenter becomes a huge dancefloor track, a dystopic disco anthem. Toronto’s loss is Windsor’s gain!
There’s a few more Astro Screamer songs on his Soundcloud, well worth checking out. Can’t wait to hear more from this new project!
Tigerwing released a new single this week entitled “Coax” and it’s a total stunner. Its heavy synthbass, cavernous ambience, and intricate vocal arrangement make for an immersive and rewarding listen. In fact, Tigerwing’s output to date is nothing short of impressive, with each track offering new and exciting ideas while retaining an identifiable style that is totally her own. Truly, a producer not to be overlooked.
Download “Coax” at Tigerwing’s bandcamp today.
If you a go to a Jay Arner show, you will probably see Jay Arner. You will also probably see Jessica Delisle there, too. Now, the bandmates/humans have joined forces as psychedelic synth-pop duo Energy Slime. The newly minted group just released their debut on Vancouver mainstay Mint. The 10-track 7″(!!), entitled New Dimensional, features a song (amazingly) titled “Graham Fucks the Queen”. New Dimensional is a perfect piece of interstellar micr0-psychedelia definitely worth a listen.
While you’re at it, check out the new video for Cool Ship II where Jay Arner says he “finally realized my dream of a music video with a greenscreen where you don’t use the greenscreen.”