Gold Zebra continue their string of amazingly beautiful and immaculately shot videos with maybe their best one yet. And yes: it’s incredibly creepy. At first you’re just thinking how impressive the figure skater is, but then at the 1:13 mark, “OH MY GOD, WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?” A mini Lynchian horror movie continues from there on. Drift Away comes from their excellent self-titled debut from earlier this year on Visage Musique.
Directed by La Barbe Rousse
Oh, this is just so deliciously dark and evil – and a masterpiece of arpeggiation. Sarin, who released his debut EP Rotten on Sins’ Deth Records back in August, seems to have the most sinister synths in Toronto. We’d better keep our eyes on him.
You can buy the Rotten EP on cassette or as a download from Bandcamp.
We present to you Double Tooth. The Volume 1 seven inch record was recently released on a new sister label of Forward Music Group appropriately called Backward Music. The band have also put out an accompanying digital version that contains an additional 7 tracks of stripped down sonic slices.
It’s all a very cool journey through 60’s Nigerian afrobeat with interestingly cinematic twists of jazz, space-rock and modern music. The brand new project is composed of Robbie Grunwald (Fender Rhodes, Micromoog, Roland Juno 8, bass, guitar, glockenspiel, congas, hand claps) and Joshua Van Tassel (drums, congas, shakers, misc percussion, glockenspiel, hand claps, psycedelics). What we really fell in love with were the simply sweet analog synth lines scattered throughout. Both “You Should Buy Myself a Drink” and “One Thousand Shapeshifters” are sparse tracks that really make you groove on and trip out in a simple yet effective way.
Also, check out their live video shot in the decommissioned Halifax Stanfield International Airport air traffic controller tower (Editors Note: !?!!!?!? That’s so cool!):
And just like that, Yacht Club are back! The band seems to have gone through a bit of a restructuring — last time we saw them, they performed as a duo — but have maintained their signature AM radio soft-rock stylings. Based on the video directed by Emmett Meade and lead singer/founding member Ben Cook, they have a good life: hanging in the desert with dogs, driving around without a care in the world.
Out of the ashes of two great bands comes Memorex. The band is comprised of the founding members of Autoportrait and Mirror Phase, two of our favourite goth-tinged electro projects of years past, and while we were saddened to hear that those two projects are no more, Memorex more than makes up for the gap.
As a celebration of all things old and new, Memorex will release their debut EP alongside a split tape of both the old projects. Catch the band at LP’s LPs on October 18th in Toronto.
Bonus: a soon-to-be-released Autoportrait song from said split:
“Ontario Gothic” is the dreamy title track from Foxes in Fiction’s forthcoming 12″ on Orchid Tapes. Its jangly guitars, hushed vocal layers, soft focus arpeggio motif, midtempo beat, and lush atmospherics may fit nicely on the Beach House–Memory House–Wild Nothing axis, but “Ontario Gothic” is in itself notable thanks to Warren Hildebrand’s deft production skills and tastefully romantic pop sensibilities. Mark this as another win for the highly prolific Orchid Tapes label, and yet another fall release that we can’t wait to hear in full!
Pre-order Ontario Gothic on vinyl from Orchid Tapes.
Toronto’s Phil Baljeu has long made music as Ruin, but this new project Secret Sign – rounded out as a trio with Kaila Moon and Danny Alexander – is making us perk up our ears. Moon’s vocals and Alexander’s guitar play cat and mouse over catchy beats from Baljeu, resulting in one heck of a debut single. We’re intrigued!