Edmonton’s DIY new-wave darlings Cygnets have put together another video for their raving fans. Exploring body-dysmorphia, obsession and various tongue-in-cheek goth-tropes. Directed and starring front-man Logan Turner, who only wears a t-shirt if it’s a v-neck with a prophetic slogan on it. Love it.
Vancouver’s Animal Bodies pays tribute to pioneer dark-wave band Snowy Red. Everything about this track is right up my alley, swelling bass-line, squelching guitar and vocals recorded in a dreary cave from a Bela Lugosi film. A great track from a glowing compilation that immediately make me want to dive in to the Snowy Red catalog.
We don’t usually post a lot of rap on the blog, but A Tribe Called Red really holds it down on the production front, and with the addition of Das Racist in the mix, I couldn’t resist. Grab the free download while it lasts.
As an electronic music fan from Calgary, I half expect everything that comes from Nelson, BC to be trance, goa or something similarly inspired by hallucinogens, dreadlocks and long winters trapped in the BC interior. This track from Tofu Stravinsky is more along the lines of a hybrid of U2 and the Pet Shop Boys, retaining all the best attributes of both bands and abandoning the bad.
Barely 2 years after the release of the amazing LP Badlands, Dirty Beaches‘ Alex Hungtai is back with a DOUBLE LP coming out on Zoo Music. This instrumental haunts as it takes a slow walk down dark road and is a great preview of what’s to come. Wish Dirty Beaches luck as he heads out on an intense tour of Europe, and please join my hashtag campaign on twitter to get him to come to Calgary, Alberta. #DRTYBCHSYYC2013
This is weird, and that’s the way it ought to be. This has been around for a minute, but Psychic Cats has blown my mind with PUPPETBAND. I’m not sure exactly what’s going on, but that’s probably a good thing.
Data Romance had their hand at the Vacationer track ‘Good as New’ and now it’s Vacationer’s turn to mix things up. Vacationer pops-up the already catchy Can’t Keep Your Mind Off from Data Romance’s recent LP Other.
James Deen is an 18-year-old producer hailing from the bikini-babe capital of British Columbia, Kelowna*. He may be a young-gun, but he’s already got a LP lined up to be released on Purr Tapes. Atmospheric and laid back chillwave from a place most commonly known for it’s orchards.
*this is obviously in jest, I don’t know anything about Kelowna but someone told me once there were bikini-babes there.