Ginla, we hardly know ya and already we love ya. “Almost Plastic” is only the second song the band has released and it’s a marvelously sunny huge synthpop jam. Ginla is a duo of producers that met in Boston and now ply their electrocraft in Toronto. Their debut EP Almost Plastic is coming out this spring and we predict big things.
We have long been waiting for this day. Owen Pallett has long been hinting at an electronic direction, like in 2010 b-side “Don’t Stop” and the recent Daphni collaboration, and most of Heartland had an electronic feel if not instrumentation. Well, “Song for Five & Six” now puts an end to our neverending speculation and Owen-influencing incantations. Soaring arpeggiated synths throughout, and like all who encounter the Sound, he has clearly seen the light and there is only one way forward. Jeff Scheven directed the video and features dancers from Canada’s National Ballet School and choreography by Robert Binet.
So between this and first single “Heartland”, his next album In Conflict can’t come soon enough. Its release has now been delayed two weeks to the end of May.
Phoebé Guillemot consistently releases highly imaginative and skillfully-produced tracks under the moniker RAMZI. The single “Monster’s Makeup”, featuring Bataille Solaire on synths, is no exception. It’s somewhat unproductive to contextualize and evaluate this music on the basis of musical references that may (or may not) inform Guillemot’s art; this is because she absorbs and transforms the innermost cells of the music she engages, rather than merely showcasing its most salient features in an obvious or predictable fashion. The result is always substantial and entirely her own. In this way, RAMZI continues to capture the attention of ardent new music listeners in Canada and abroad.
You can purchase Ramzi’s Etwal Timoun EP here.
We’ve been freaking out about Odonis Odonis for a long time, and the wait for the follow-up to Hollandaze has not been easy. But last week it finally happened: Hard Boiled Soft Boiled is here. Their all-over-the-place post-punk is super noisy but always retains a catchiness. “Highnote” might be the hookiest, a sweetly almost-soft electropop track, plus it’s also got this fantastic sci-fi footage video directed by Odonis’ own Dean Tzenos.
You can and should buy Hard Boiled Soft Boiled right now from Buzz Records here.
Troubadour-for-our-troubled-times Sean Nicholas Savage has quietly been releasing incredible album after incredible album, and May 13 will bring us what will undoubtedly be another masterpiece: Bermuda Waterfall. A couple of months back we heard the first single, “Naturally” and were entranced. Now we get another taste: “Heartless” is a heartbreaking soft pop jam that simultaneously soothes and sears. Oh man, can’t wait for this album!
Pre-order Bermuda Waterfall from Arbutus Records now.
Public Service Announcement: do not wear flowing garments while next to fire on a windy day. ESPECIALLY if you’re doing it REALLY CREEPILY as Katherine Warner does in this video. Vierance have really stepped up their game as of late, and the new single from the sophomore EP absolutely delivers on all the promise we’ve seen from them. Semblance is out now on Deth Records, a new label fronted by Toronto’s SINS.