The first release since their stunning EP In and Out of Time (our #2 EP of 2014), “Talk to Me” is decidedly on the more psychedelic and energetic side of their sound. Coco Khan’s echoey coos float in an ether above an unrelenting synth bass, with hypnotic synths contrasting strangely (but perfectly) with the pummelling snare. No surprise at all that we’re in love with this, and hope it means more from Cocobeurre on the horizon. For now, grab “Talk to Me” from their Bandcamp page.
Over the years, Abbotsford‘s Jamison Isaak, aka Teen Daze, has given us no end of treasures, with a discography of albums and EPs ranging from the blissfully psychedelic to the austerely ambient. But there’s something about Themes For Dying Earth, his fifth full-length album, that both synthesizes all his previous work and yet goes even deeper. The themes are familiar: paying attention and properly valuing the people and world around us, and recognizing their fragility. But this time, it feels like he’s discovered whole new plateau of masterful ambient pop. Stunning minimalist pieces appear in between brilliant, delicate pop songs, often featuring guest singers. An intricate, infinitely rewarding listen, Themes for Dying Earth is one of the finest records of the young year.
Themes for Dying Earth is available now digitally and on vinyl from Teen Daze’s own Flora Records. Teen Daze is currently on tour in North America, with shows in Montreal and Toronto this weekend. Check out the dates on Bandcamp.
Mysterious Montreal electro-R&B duo Inch’Allah start 2017 strong with a stunning single, the darkly minimal “Now”. Singer JP Charlebois whisper-sings over Yung Persian’s ice-cold production, a dark shuffling beat punctuated by reverbed-out synth stabs. A winning combination from an exciting new project – and it seems like there will be a full EP from the two soon. We’ll be watching for it!