This gloomy Friday is just perfect for the hazy bedroom electronic pop stylings of Halifax‘s Cameron Hall aka Etherlands. Deep organs, psychedelic synths, and liberal amounts of reverb help make “Violet Eye” one of the year’s more engrossing listens, and b-side “Haze Day” is just as excellent. Grab both tracks for free from Bandcamp!
It’s been nearly a year since we last heard from Toronto dark synthpop virtuoso Novie, and her latest EP Tender Wilderness arrives not a moment too soon. It’s got a slightly more evil edge than her past work, such as on standout single “Hope and the Ghost”, which more than maintains its pop cred with Novie’s stunning voice ringing out clear over the sinister synth soundscape. It shouldn’t be surprising that we’re very into this.
Tender Wilderness is available now from Bandcamp.
Marie Davidson has always been impossibly cool, but her latest single “Naive to the Bone” is even more impossible than usual. A dark, cold-as-ice sequenced synth over spare, hard-hitting drums features Davidson’s characteristically detached voice making observations and cutting commentary above the beat. Marie already is one of 2016’s unquestioned breakout stars with her duo Essaie Pas‘s masterful first album – but now she’s got a whole solo record to sink your teeth into as well. Adieux Au Dancefloor is available now from Cititrax.
Michele Nox‘s music has always been an overwhelmingly beautiful affair. Celestial reverb trails, stunning original production, and of course, her jaw-dropping, ever-soaring voice. Monolith marks her full arrival as Canada’s preeminent ambient pop songwriter, a breathtaking new album that was composed, produced, sung, and performed by Michele herself, save some key guitar/bass contributions from Scott Hardware (whose latest record Mutate Repeat Infinity is also unquestionably one of the year’s very best). Highlight “Heaven” is merely the tip of this 10,000 ton iceberg of a record, which also includes brilliantly tempestuous lead single “Poison”. But the whole album is definitely a must-listen – entire worlds await within.
Monolith is available now from Bandcamp.
Ever since the majestic, transcendent “Distance of the Moon”, we’ve been eager to hear a full album from long-time Toronto minimal pop auteur Lisa Conway aka L CON. That time is nearly nigh! Moon Milk is out October 7 on Wildlife Sanctuary Sound Recordings, and “Form Of Space”, its latest single, delivers intense, burning horns over a sparse drum machine groove, with an extradimensional sequenced bass bursting in and out of the track. Astonishing stuff. I think we can safely assume this record is going to be very very good.
You can pre-order Moon Milk now from Bandcamp.