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.
Bouncy bedroom electro-pop from Charlottetown? Yes please! We’re thrilled to come across Russell Louder and their “self-produced/self-written/self-played/self-everything” Think Of Light EP. “Another Day” is a glorious introduction to the project: a DIY approach that doesn’t spare any punches, and is packed to the gills with interesting synth lines, snazzy percussion and Louder’s soaring vocals. Think of Light is available now on their Bandcamp, and we suggest listening to the whole damn thing a whole damn lot.
Nailbiter–the solo side-project of Josh Korody of Beliefs and Candle Recording–makes sludgy experimental electro with shades of industrial and a pinch of gothiness. Naturally, with qualifiers like that, this is the type of music that is exactly in our wheelhouse. “Smeared” is a short song with a sense of impending doom, and though the sounds are cacophonous, it is still melodious and beat-driven.
The song is the first single from Waveshaper, his third album under this name and first to be mastered with David Psutka (Egyptrixx) and Jeremy Greenspan. The album is out tomorrow (March 3rd) on Hand Drawn Dracula, with a release party that same day in Toronto at The Smiling Buddha.