Victoria’s Drew Harris, aka Germany Germany, has been seriously holding it down over the years. He’s just announced the first single from his tenth (!!!) album Willow, which he’s self-releasing on November 20. And if this track is any indication, it could be his best yet. Featuring Los Angeles-based singer/composer Kotomi on vocals, it’s a melancholy, grooving dark electronic pop track featuring some absolutely killer arpeggiated synths in the song’s second half. Yeah, we’re down with this. Can’t wait to hear more of this record!
If you recall, back in the spring, bloggy favourite Mathématique decided to change her name to Pascale Project and put out the deeply grooving “Super Natural”. It seemed to portend great things, and now that she’s dropped her debut album Just Feel Good For a Moment, we know those premonitions were for real.
It’s an album that hearkens back to familiar new age and easy listening textures, but takes that as a backdrop upon which to construct vital, emotional pop. And there’s quite a bit of variety here in terms of the ways she approaches this sound, but the unifying elements of the instrumentation and production techniques make it all really hang together so well as an album. She’s also released a wonderful video for the title track, directed by François Quillacq, a very stylish one-room shoot featuring some familiar faces, including Antoine93 and Bataille Solaire. It’s a perfect visual accompaniment to the feelings we get when listening to this record. Pascale, we are in love with your Project!
Pick up Just Feel Good For a Moment direct from Pascale Project’s Bandcamp. And if you’re in Montreal, catch her at Secret Venue this Saturday night along with Silent Shout faves Ramzi and Eytan Tobin.
Philadelphia-based synth-pop superstars Resistor return with a brand new song. The breezy “Boys,” with washed-out Juno 106 synth pads, and a hooky as hell chorus (“boys with boring names/are they really so bad” is going to be an oft repeated line around our office), is a densely layered poppy wonder. Next to other wondrous tracks like “Cordless Phone,” and “Can’t Believe,” this song would sound damn fine on a record. Get back in the Men’s Snarehouse (the band’s DIY recording studio) and give us that soon?
Silent Shout readers who have been paying attention this summer already know by now our serious affection for Ben Gunning latest electro turn. One might even call it a Massive Love. The latest single, “Mutilator”, is just as strong as the first two, but demonstrates what Ben can do in a downtempo vein. That said, despite it being a pretty laid-back crooner of a tune, “Mutilator” goes into some heavy distorted territory, demonstrating that he’s not afraid to take his elaborately crafted pop sound into slightly more experimental realms.
Rumour has it that all three singles will be on an album coming out this fall, and if so, it’s a safe prediction to say it will be amazing. CAN’T. WAIT.