OVER are a brand-new Toronto duo composed of Dan Workman and Brett Paulin, and we’re seriously enjoying their dark and hypnotic electro-shoegaze single “Gone are the Days.” It’s a slow, psychedelic track with cascading vocal harmonies and hazy synth washes, that makes us feel like we’re floating through the air. Perhaps best suited for gravity-free situations, it arrives with a dark, evocative video directed by Irene Cortes and Josh Reichmann.

“Gone are the Days” is available now as a 7″ from OVER’s Bandcamp.

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Dylan Aiello aka Dylan III decides to embrace his electro-R&B side with this remarkable ballad that’s disarming and poignant both. Crisp production, and a huge guitar solo? Yep, we love this. “Morning Clothes” is in an entirely different musical universe from his wonderfully experimental surrealist board-meeting pop, but we’re more than down with this new sound. A bunch of other new tracks can be found on his Soundcloud.

Dylan III is on tour this winter, playing with Karneef and Naytronix in Montreal on March 14 and Toronto on May 15.

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Anticipation continues to build for Essaie Pas’s second album Demain Est Une Autre Nuit. Last week they dropped their latest single “Retox”, which heavily features Pierre Guerineau’s ominous monotone over sinister sequenced synths, with Marie Davidson taking over by track’s end. Between this and first single “Le port du masque est de rigueur”, February 19 can’t come soon enough, but luckily that’s next Friday! Did we mention their record being put out by DFA? Montreal hometown heroes doing us proud as they continue to blow up.

You can pre-order Demain Est Une Autre Nuit from Bandcamp.

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Majical Cloudz – Wait & See

We’re certainly not alone in our admiration for the raw, direct ambient electronic pop of Montreal duo Majical Cloudz. But when it comes to us, admiration is an understatement: last year’s Are You Alone? was our fifth favourite album of 2015, and Impersonator was our #1 of 2013. So a few weeks ago, when they released a surprise EP to coincide with a tour with fellow Montrealers She-Devils (who were our album of the week two weeks back), we knew we’d once again be pulled into Welsh & Otto’s incredible and bold sound-world.

Wait & See is only five songs long, but characteristic for these two, it’s all killer, no filler, if your definition of killer includes self-reflective meditative pop that often lacks percussion and challenges the listener to confront mortality. Their direct minimalism continues to find new directions in which to travel, as on slow electro-pop ballad “Pretty”, or the spacious ambient title track based around reversed sampling. The soft rolling drum machines on “Heaven” are a particular highlight. All in all, Majical Cloudz seem like they’ll never fail to astonish, and the superb strength of this EP suggests there must be a number of amazing b-sides from their celebrated albums that might one day surface. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Wait & See is out now on Arts & Crafts.

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Video: U.S. Girls – Navy & Cream

Toronto‘s Meg Remy aka U.S. Girls is one of our favourite artists going these days, what with us declaring last year’s Half Free our favourite album of 2015. It’s therefore no chore to revisit hazy/shoegazy album cut “Navy & Cream” now that she’s released a new Emily Pelstring-directed video for it. Animated shapes float and twist through a beautiful blue yonder, pairing ever-so-well with the still-mesmerizing track.

U.S. Girls is going on tour across the globe, check her site for tour dates.

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