Konig – Puberty

Sadly, we didn’t know about Konig (aka Nadia Pacey) in 2014, when she put out her first two EPs, but the Toronto/Kingston-based bedroom pop songsmith more than made us take notice in 2015. Back in April, she put out the delicate and melancholy “Point of Light”, which thoroughly captivated and had us eagerly anticipating her debut full-length album Puberty. And it surpassed our every expectation.

It’s clear that Pacey has come a long way from those early EPs, and Puberty marks the arrival of a significant new voice in the Canadian music scene. Daringly honest, this new set of songs is more precisely composed, and decidedly more melancholy. And at times, absolutely heartbreaking. Along with her indisputable songwriting talent, Konig also has a remarkable knack for original arrangements and subtle electronic pop production. But despite its fascinating twists and turns and impressive sonic choices, the record above all succeeds on an emotional level. We’re suckers for sad, beautiful pop music.

Puberty is available now from Bandcamp. Konig also put out a wonderful EP on Boxing Day that you should check out.

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Wolf Saga – Waves

We’ve long been fans of London, Ontario producer/songwriter Johnny Sherritt, aka Wolf Saga. He’s perhaps best-known for his very clever and danceable synthpop covers, like his take on The Strokes. But he’s been producing a ton of great original material as well, and in December released his lengthiest record to date, the Waves EP.

A step up from anything he’s done so far, Waves sees Saga taking his characteristically crisp, melodic synthpop to a more fully realized and epic place. There’s immaculate synth and drum programming, some extremely catchy melodies, and a keen sense of drama, especially during the record’s various extended breakdowns. A fun, emotional, inspirational EP, Waves marks Saga’s arrival as one of the finest young electronic pop producers in Ontario.

Waves is available now as a free download from Bandcamp.

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