Okay, it’s been a little while since we’ve had a genuine, can’t-put-it-down, hooky-beyond-hooky earworm pop record arriving out of nowhere. Montreal’s Mori quietly released their debut 3-track EP last October but we didn’t find it until 2014. Info is scarce, but we THINK that Mori is a three-piece band that formed in March of last year.
So let’s talk about this ridiculously good mini-collection of songs. Every track feels like something you’ve heard a million times on pop radio, sounding immediately familiar, and daresay comforting. Indie Fleetwood Mac vibes. It’s extremely rare for a band’s songwriting and arrangements to be this tight on arrival. Mori is probably a secret supergroup of talented veteran musicians masquerading as underground unknowns. Holy crap.
This EP is available for free. Here, take it from their Bandcamp!
Here’s a truly special cover of the Brian Eno classic from 1977′s Before and After Science by London’s You’ll Never Get To Heaven, who are releasing a new EP, Adorn, next week. We haven’t heard much from this ambient pop duo (one half of which is a contributor to this blog) since their indisputably brilliant debut album. So we’re all agog at the prospects of a new EP. Agoooooog!
You can pre-order Adorn here.
1. Zoo Owl – Twin Mirror
2. Scattered Clouds – People Walk
3. Coach Longlegs – Crazy For Baby
4. Y Club – I.W.4.Y.L.
5. Brothertiger – Chains
6. Jef Barbara – Erection
7. Sean Nicholas Savage – Naturally
8. Bizzarh – Pangaea
9. Baal Astarté – Potato Jazz
10. Doomsquad – Waka Waka
11. Bile Sister – See Breezes
12. Elrichman – Cool Shade of a Palm
Y’all know the story of AKUA by now right? Incredibly talented and cutting-edge electro R&B performer makes (1) incredible EP (2) incredible video (3) opens for Solange in Montreal (4) joins Solange’s band and tours world with her (5) international megastardom. Well, we haven’t hit number 5 yet but it seems inevitable. Here’s her latest, a super-slick and extremely pretty video for EP highlight “One’s Company,” directed by Akua’s brother Kofi, set in a funeral home. Get ready to hear more, cause Akua’s headed nowhere but up up up!
One’s Company is available from Bandcamp. You need it.
Jef Barbara remains one of the country’s most fascinating pop artists, and his train of videos keeps rolling. “Erection” isn’t tongue-in-cheek, it’s full-on raunchy fun, and this new video directed by Minelly Kamemura alternates between trippy JB poses and stock footage erectile in nature. Premiered on Brooklyn Vegan!
“Erection” is a highlight from Jef’s amazing 2013 album Soft to the Touch, available from iTunes.
Zoo Owl – Twin Mirror
Zoo Owl has always had a strong visual component that goes along with his intensely danceable psychedelic electropop grooves. A typical performance involves his signature light goggles and a dazzling array of colourful light beams shooting through the mist. So it should come as no surprise that his first-ever music video is a perfect expression of the project’s mysterious electro-pastoral vibes.
In this video directed by “OzO Vision,” we learn the origin story of the Zoo Owl: he was granted mystical powers and magical eyewear by a forest seer. Therefore all his brilliant music is a result of supernatural performance enhancement. The video is beautifully shot and definitely one of our favourites we’ve seen this year. Premiered by Exclaim.
Ark Analog, the Toronto electronic pop duo composed of Maylee Todd and Dan Werb, released their killer debut EP Dirty Power back in January, and just put out their first video! Directed by Matthew Swanson, the video is for their now-classic jam “Make Me A Mirror” and features a cast of children and an awesome day-and-night reflecting split-screen effect. And things get real trippy at the very end. Laser-multiplied Maylee!
And that EP? You can grab it for free here.
Toronto bloggerguy Digits who shamelessly engages in editorial conflicts of interest just dropped a new video and mixtape, both going by the name of Shake Your Body Down. Writing in third person while pretending to somehow be objective about this, it’s noteworthy that he worked with some most excellent collaborators, including Doomsquad, Pick a Piper, and Valerie Dour. The video was directed by Andrew Olivares, who also directed this fine fine Beta Frontiers vid.
Silent Shout is presenting the Toronto release party at Encore Studios on February 28, and Digits is also opening for Doomsquad’s Kalaboogie release party in Montreal this Saturday, February 22. You can grab Shake You Body Down as a free download from Digits’ site or on cassette from Pleasence Records.
We’ve long been big fans of Toledo’s Brothertiger here at Silent Shout. He’s moved on to the big city, a New Yorker now, but it seems to be meaning big things for Mr. Jagos. Just listen to this sorta-new single he put out in January! So lush, so warm, so suitable for dreaming of summer. His production seems to be reaching new heights, we’re especially fond of those arpeggiators in the pre-chorus. But nothing tops that hooky hooky refrain. Catchy as all hell!
Doomsquad continue their string of amazing videos, two of which made our faves-of-2013 list. This time we’re called upon to embark on an astral journey with the band through the Major Arcana, set to the wonderfully propulsively trippy “Waka Waka,” a highlight from their soon-to-be-released debut album Kalaboogie. Directed by Ghostprom.
If you’re in Montreal, Silent Shout is throwing a party at New Drones Club to celebrate Kalaboogie‘s release. It’s out Feb 25 on Hand Drawn Dracula and No Pain in Pop. Prepare thyselves.