Vancouver’s Rococode are a haunting electropop duo that do all the things we love, making unabashed pop music that remains dark and restrained. Their first single since 2012’s Guns, Sex & Glory, “Banks” is a brilliant new direction, and features a fantastic melody backed by a deep synth-bass groove. Produced by Caleb Shreve of Phantogram!
Oh, it’s always so nice to be reminded how mindblowingly amazing Princess Century is. Lossless, one of the best albums of last year, was full of great (and sinister, and strange) singles. Let’s revisit “Palace,” because she just put out a beautiful new video for it, directed by Cosmotropia de Xam. A chaotic journey from one strange visual to the next, it’s a great way to experience the song.
Lossless is still available on Bandcamp, and it’s still so so so good.
New Antoine93 song! Ugh, we love this guy and his alienated alien-pop – the Antoine-verse is a very distinct universe, a very bizarre place where the dance parties are strange but memorable. “The Physical Aspect of Love” is one of his strongest singles yet, and we can’t wait to hear the album that it portends. We can expect Maybe Unlock My Heart in November! Yes!!!
Torontonians, you should catch Antoine93 with Silent Shout faves Ken Park and Mathémathique this Saturday at Double Double Land.
Majical Cloudz have been busy touring with Lorde, bowling over her audiences no doubt. And to celebrate the tour’s end, they’ve decided to rework “Your Eyes,” a track originally on their 2011 debut album. This new version has more direct vocals, and a bigger, more pristine sound. Both versions are excellent! As is anything they do! (As you might recall, Impersonator was our #1 album of 2013.) You can read their heartfelt message to the people they met on tour on their Tumblr.
“Controller Down” is like a dream we didn’t know we had coming true. Galaxius Mons and Jef Barbara are two underground Montreal pop artists we love dearly, for very different reasons. Galaxius are electropop experimenters of the highest order, and their debut album was our #6 album of last year. And they’ve got none other than Canada’s premier underground pop star Jef Barbara to sing vocals on their latest single, a brass-heavy electrofunk track that pumps like no Galaxius Mons track before it. Blast it out your car stereo!
Galaxius Mons are on tour right now in Ontario and Montreal, including an appearance tonight at Nite Comfort with Silent Shout darlings Petra Glynt, Mekele and Chanteclair. Check out rest of the Galaxius Mons tour dates over at Exclaim.
So Vogue Dots keep getting better and better. We were fairly impressed with their debut EP Toska – okay fine we loved it to bits – and last month they released an excellent new single on Cascine. So it’s no surprise that their latest, the lead single from their forthcoming Mauka EP is another extremely accomplished anthemic atmospheric electropop gem. With an incredibly evil arpeggiated coda. Dropped jaws over here!
“Way With Silence” was premiered by our Austin pals Gorilla vs. Bear. Mauka comes out on Indica Records next week.
Montreal electro-indie scene veteran Malcolm Fraser aka The World Provider has been a bit quiet in recent years, but luckily that’s just meant he’s been hard at work on some new material. “Pam Pam” is a brilliant new single, a subtly throbbing dance track produced by the Dears’ Murray Lightburn. Singer Stacey Dewolfe softly coos over some grooving arpeggiated synths, featuring some incredible piano work from none other than Chilly Gonzales, and the overall effect is intoxicating. It’s one of those press-play-and-repeat situations. The dark ‘n’ lovely video was directed by Kara Blake.
There’s nothing more exciting to us than a new artist thinking big on their first release. Johnny Couteau, where do we begin? From the Infamous Mind of a Psychoactive Runner is a concept album of the highest order. Set in a dystopic coastal town near Fukushima called Tchernobeach, this John Carpenter-ish tale took upon its own life in our imagination, which we’ll do our best to narrate despite there probably being many ways to interpret (and embrace) this tragic adventure. The epic seems to follow our protagonist, the “Psychoactive Runner,” as he and the inhabitants of Tchernobeach come to terms with their new radiation-poisoned lifestyles.
Our hero also seems to have developed some kind of trans-temporal powers – he lives simultaneously in the future and the past – and this makes him both the coolest and most reflective chronicler of the affected. The music is dark, conceptual synthpop, a bit reminiscent of the earliest Gary Numan stuff, alternately conjuring dark atmospheres (radioactive coastal vistas at night) and sweaty post-apocalyptic bars where the mutants hang out. By the record’s second half, it seems like we’re beginning to come to terms with the disaster, and there’s even a bit of room on this hardscrabble coast for romance, like on standout single “A la Jeune Fille aux Longs Cheveux Noirs”. Silent Shout fave Marie Davidson does a guest turn on the beautiful ode “Tchernobeach,” and in the end, we’re coping alright, and despite the quarantine, life goes on.
Thus ends this masterpiece produced in a Montreal basement by an incredibly imaginative and talented new artist. Even if Johnny Couteau releases nothing else, he’ll always be a legend to us. You can buy From the Infamous Mind of a Psychoactive Runner on cassette or digitally from Bandcamp.
Oh, this collaboration has Silent Shout written all over it: a Toronto team-up featuring producer Swim Good and dreamy electropop band RLMDL. It combines both of their strengths spectacularly, resulting in an airy track anchored by a blistering arpeggiated bass that might be the song’s star. Can’t mess with that chorus though. We missed it back in September (when it premiered on Stereogum) but hey, now we get to post it along with this Jakub Blank-directed video they just released today. That worked out!
Here at Silent Shout, we’re always up for an astral journey. Moon Maker is a producer slightly new to the Montreal scene, being originally from France, and we’re delighted to have him and his retro-futuristic jams in Canada. The shimmering, vocoded “Off the Moon” is a wondrous and nostalgic single that deserved to be played and played again on your next lunar mission. Probably not Mars-appropriate, though.
You can purchase “Off the Moon” and other singles from Moon Maker’s Bandcamp page.