Tenderness – From the Valley of the Dead to the Vigorous Stretch

New music from elusive Toronto lo-fi pop experimenter Tenderness is a rare thing indeed, and something to be treasured. Her first release since 2014’s “99+1”, “From the Valley of the Dead to the Vigorous Stretch” sees her exploring new vistas, with a cacophony of beats and flutes creating a wondrous, startlingly original shuffling groove. It’s all the backdrop to an incredible vocal performance and melody, in what is possibly her most pop moment to date. We know what will be soundtracking our weekend!

Do we dare hope that there soon might be a follow up to 2012’s masterwork The Axe is Ready at the Tree? For now, grab “From the Valley” from Bandcamp.

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Doldrums – Runnerup

Doldrums‘ second album The Air-Conditioned Nightmare was glorious, and everything we had hoped for from the Toronto/Montreal electronic pop experimenter. And it was our third-favourite record of the year back in good ol’ 2015. So we’re beside ourselves with giddy (but gloomy) excitement now that Airick Woodhead has announced the follow-up, e s c, which will be out June 30, and will feature some contributions from Petra Glynt. “Runnerup”, the first single, sees Doldrums exploring a smoother, more restrained and less frantic sonic style, and as one might expect, even when he’s being a bit subdued, the innovative songsmith/producer can’t help filling the mix with plenty of strange noises and delightfully unexpected twists and turns.

e s c is available for pre-order now from Bandcamp. Can’t wait!

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Beta Frontiers – If I Stayed

And just like that, Toronto underground electronic pop producer Michael Butler aka Beta Frontiers is back with possibly the most monstrous jam of his career. Another inspired collaboration with guest vocalist Carmen Elle of Diana (who also sang on BF’s now-classic “So Cold”), “If I Stayed” is an unabashed in-your-face pop song that’s worthy of all of the world’s airwaves.

“If I Stayed” has us hotly anticipating his Heights EP, out May 5 on Buzz Records. Available now for pre-order.

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