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.
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.
Evil self-serving blogger Digits delivers yet another video to an unsuspecting Silent Shout audience presuming to receive impartial electropop-information. This video for “Keeping Secrets,” off of his free mixtape Shake Your Body Down, was shot in a Thai karaoke bar in Liège, Belgium, by the D-Mo Production Collective. Listen to that beat! We’re totally into this guy’s brand!
Daphni is back!! Dan Snaith aka Caribou Commander’s more experimental alter-ego has returned and he’s teamed up with no less than Owen-freaking-Pallett on his new single/b-side “Julia/Tiberius”. Very minimal, and a very deep groove, with Owen’s violins stabbing through the darkness. Seems like a natural combination, these two!
The “Julia/Tiberius” single will be available digitally and on vinyl on Daphni’s Jiaolong label in the next week or so. For now you can stream them both on Soundcloud. And let’s not forget, there are full-lengths from both Caribou and Owen expected this year.
Crazy! The new Tune-Yards single is an all-out synthy R&B ballad. Very little trace of her characteristic franticness on this one, which is a bit missed, but also it’s super cool to see her pushing the boundaries of her sound with such smoothness. The syncopated backup vocals still make this very recognizably Tune-Yardy. Will she eventually make an arpeggiator-rich pop single to rank with Robyn?
We remain completely obsessed with Montreal’s Mathias Mental. “Les Mensonges, Les Mensonges” was our #7 song of last year, and goodness if new single “Chantale” doesn’t live up to the high bar set by that piece of pop perfection. This one is equally a slow-burner, a precise exercise in buttery-voiced soft electropop. Swoon!
Grab this brilliant new track for free from their Bandcamp.
It feels like a bazillion years since we last heard from Coco Khan aka Cocobeurre, but she’s been very busy while we’ve been asleep at the wheel. “Waterfall” feels like a much much more refined variation of the sound she was working on with “Is This How”, and leaves more overtly psychedelic textures aside in favour of True Ambient Pop. There’s a 7″ on the way in March, so keep your eyeballs scanning the horizon.