Young Galaxy – Stay for Real

Young Galaxy have a serious knack for evolving their sound in pleasantly unexpected directions. Their latest offering, “Stay for Real,” is a deliciously dark call to arms in trying political times, urging us to never let get of our self-truths amid all the turbulence. The track strikes a razor-sharp balance between tension and faith, with an array of subdued arpeggios bubbling up below the surface to envelop Catherine McCandless’ crisp, celestial vocals. It’s music for the future — quite literally, since all proceeds from the self-released single go to Pivot Legal Society (Canada), ACLU (USA), and W.A.V.E. (EU).

“Stay for Real” is available for purchase on Bandcamp.

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Video: Alexia Avina – If I’m the one that you need

Alexia Avina–one half of Montreal faves Best Fern–lulls you into a sense of contemplative harmony on her latest video. Shot in Germany and directed by Miriam Brellenthin, the saturated colours, wispy movements all welcome you into a dreamlike realm that we could honestly live in for all eternity. Adding to that sense of calm is the absolutely gorgeous track from Avina, testing the extent that we are able to take “dream-pop” as a literal term.

“If I’m the one that you need” is the first released track from her upcoming Surrender EP, an experimental/ambient split tape with Desert Bloom, out April 12 on Moon Boy Records. Those in Montreal simply must attend the release show that day, that is if you want to feel serenity in your life.

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Snowblink – Feel Like a Man

So, this is cool. If you have a virtual reality headset, dig it out and get ready to participate in a visually and aurally beautiful seance with Toronto/L.A. duo Snowblink. It still works on your phone or computer–just make sure to move the device around or click the arrows in the upper left corner to take in the whole scene. Despite the title, the participants are 13 women, dressed in glittery finery, moving and dancing and transforming to the humming beat.

The song come from their fall release, Returning Current, which pushes their soft folk sound more firmly into a synthy realm. It pulses and wavers beneath the quiet confidence of the vocal melody, and by the end we’re definitely spellbound.

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