Vesuvio Solo‘s uber-catchy psychedelic stoner-pop anthem still makes us swoon after all this time. And now we’ve got some killer visuals to go along with it, with a new video directed and edited by the band themselves and Pat Gregoire. It makes sense that this band lives in a perpetual VHS haze, subtly rocking out in a bare green room.
Their most excellent album Favors is available now from Banko Gotiti and Atelier Ciseaux. Do yourself a favour.
When we last checked in with Meg Remy’s recently 4AD’d U.S. Girls, she was shaking her fist at the White House and cursing a landform. Now, she’s announced her next LP, Half Free and released the second single along with a self-directed video, a psychedelic and nightmarish procession of women with third eyes. As with “Damn That Valley,” “Woman’s Work” was produced by Toronto beats-genius Onakabazien and is easily the most Silent Shout-y single we’ve ever heard from U.S. Girls. Featuring a driving arpeggiated synth and a huge-but-slow backbeat, and even a vocoder, it’s everything we could have hoped for. Predictions: Half Free will make U.S. Girls an indie underground star (which she’s long deserved). Also, she somehow ends up president, with Bernie as her veep. You heard it here first.
We cannot wait to hear this record. Half Free is out September 25, which is tantalizingly far away.
We were already nuts about London’s West Nile, and then she did this. Her last single “WHAAAT I CAN GETT” remains in heavy rotation around here, but nothing could have prepared us for “#1FNDR”. At three minutes, the song is an absolute journey from one sonic realm to another, from bombastic pop ballad to sleek uptempo minimal synthpop, and ending in mellotronic glory. Killer hook, too.
We really hope these singles are leading to an album, because that album would be the best album. Until then, check out all the singles on Bandcamp.
Quebec City’s Fjord are new to our ears, but they’ve got a very accomplished sound for having released only two singles so far. “Irrational” is a meditative, longing, downtempo electropop track, and their production practically glistens with carefully sequenced delayed synths drifting atop the mix. We dig. Looking forward to their next move!
Toronto wunderkind Clairmont the Second has been seriously impressive lately, especially given it’s still so early in his career. Back in April we wrote about “Queen,” an amazing chilled-out electronic hip-hop single that left us wanting more. If “Queen” was a little on the dark and mysterious side, “Pretty” is definitely much more lighthearted and playful. An ode to egotism, it’s a very slow, minimal production, with a killer bassline and gloriously start-stop beats. We’re into it. The stark, carefully composed video was directed by a team: Javier Lovera, Devon Little, and Ben Cook (aka Young Guv/Yacht Club).
“Pretty” is from 2014’s Project II, available as a free download from Clairmont’s Soundcloud.
Mystic Triangle is a definite favourite of ours, and “Snake Eyes Wins” remains one of the best things we’ve heard all year. Well, the Torontonian who’s perhaps better-known as 1/3 of Mimico is back again with a pulsing, dark groove of a track, the slightly sinister “Menses.” The single will be released by Reel Cod Records on a split picture disc with dream pop heroes Hush Pup, so watch out for that soon. In the meantime, enjoy the digital version above.
And if you’re in Toronto for NXNE, catch Mystic Triangle playing the Pleasence Records/Wavelength showcase tonight, with Sexy Merlin, Tenderness, Man Made Hill, Zones, and our very own ARP 2600 DJing.
Toronto psychedelic electronic trailblazers Doomsquad went down to New Mexico for some inspiration and to work on a new record, and we trust that anything they do will be very very relevant to our interests. Last week, they put out a video for “Two-Way Mirror,” a standout single we adored from their freshly-released Pageantry Suite EP. Directed by Chris Boni, the beautifully shot video follows a man encountering strange characters and phenomena as he explores Roswell, and the band appears only briefly as mysterious figures dressed in white. A wonderfully postmodern UFO story.
Pageantry Suite is available now from Hand Drawn Dracula and Bella Union.
Nothing is more exciting to us than a new killer synthpop band on the block. The band in question today is Dove, and the block is Vancouver, where they might have just released the best song this side of Sur Une Plage. “Set Us Free” is the lead single off their very promising debut EP Least in Heaven, and it’s anchored by a fantastic arpeggiated bass, with beautifully airy synths soaring in the choruses. We could listen to this all day, and we just might.
Least in Heaven is available now from Bandcamp.
From the utterly demented universe created by the brain of Hamilton’s Nick Persons, in collaboration with Silent Shout’s favourite bodily fluid-named sibling, Bile Sister, we’re pleased (and somewhat frightened) to present the premiere of “Fries Without A Dog.” The electro-pop and hip-hop deconstructor has put together a wonderfully imploded hip-hop jam that alternates between syrupy-slow synth-heavy grooves and stretches of beatless ooze. There are definitely similarities to Hamilton hometown hero Motem, but instead of smooth and uplifting, Persons keeps things shifting and unsettling. But it’s the kind of chaos we love!
Formerly known as Abstract Random, Above Top Secret took a year off after the departure of one of their members and restarted things as a trio this spring. But what a return! Check out “Ghost,” one of the hardest hitting electronic hip-hop singles we’ve heard this year. Super dark stuff, with a killer hook. The video, directed by Fro, features some excellent masks and a lot of smoking of inspirational substances.
“Ghost” is on a forthcoming album, no release date yet, but we can’t wait to hear it. Until then, there’s always hitting repeat.