Allie X nearly topped our 2014 songs list with “Bitch”, but her other big single last year was also a mindblowing pop jam of a sleeker, smoother sort. And now we’re treated to an amazing GIF-y video for “Catch”, featuring Allie in the strangest apartment ever, jumping from one high-concept costume+prop combo to another. We like this “too-many-ideas” approach, and as the idea develops, Allie X continues to be one of the most interesting mainstream pop projects around.
Also, the video description includes a cryptic reference to “CollXtion – April 07, 2015″, so perhaps we have an April release of some kind to look forward to. Oh, mystery!
Ever since the now-classic “Baby Blu,” we at Silent Shout have considered ourselves unabashed fans of Toronto expat-in-Berlin Emma Czerny, aka Magic Island. Next week marks the release of her second EP Wasted Dawn, but we’re getting to offer a preview a week early.
It’s a remarkable step up from her first release Intoxicated Sunset, which remains an EP of very charming bedroom pop gems. But Wasted Dawn goes deeper, gets lost in melancholy synth washes and big empty spaces. It’s still playful at times, and doesn’t lose the spirit of her earlier work, but Wasted Dawn plays as a more minimal, deliberate record and feels like a natural next step. Highly recommended listening!
Wasted Dawn is out February 2nd on Mansions and Millions. Watch out for it.
We’ve said it before: Light Fires‘s magnificent debut FACE is a gift that just keeps giving. Today we’ve got a new video for album closer “Call It Like That” which follows Regine on tour in New Brunswick, and the melancholy electro-pop track juxtaposes nicely with footage of her energetic live performances, giving a contemplative air to her often frantic performances. Directed by Mark Pariselli.
FACE is still available from Bandcamp, and if you haven’t got it yet, what’s wrong with you?
Parallel Pyres is well known to us as Joshua Frank, one half of Hot & Cold, whose 2012 album Border Area continues to remain ever-magnificent in our eyes. We’re extremely happy to hear new work from the currently-Beijing-based Frank brother, in the form of Horse Year, a new live EP recorded live in August of last year and released on Bandcamp a couple of weeks ago.
It’s a captivating collection of hypnotic, grooving synth-heavy tracks that skew a bit more pyschedelic than Hot & Cold’s post-punk. Definitely an essential listen, and it’s a free download on Bandcamp.
Le Couleur are back!!! As you might recall, this is the Montreal electronic pop group that made our #1 video of 2013 for the absolutely remarkable “Voyage Amoureux”. “Concerto Rock” is another brilliant single from the trio, possibly their best yet, a grooving piano-laden adventure that reminds us of some of the best of last year’s Todd Terje record. Big disco bass, soaring synths, we could listen to this all day.
The video, directed by Le Saboteur, is a trippy vintage analogue workout that suits the song very well. Le Couleur will be releasing their latest EP Dolce Desir February 17 on Lisbon Lux, can’t wait! And Toronto people: mark down February 26 in your calendar, as they’ll be playing an EP release show with Beat Market at the Piston.
A holiday-season oddity from the mind of Drugs in Japan‘s Aaron Bickle, “Goth Christmas” won our hearts with its yearnings for a darker, broodier Yuletide. One where everyone drinks wed wine, receives leather pants, and is visited by Mindfreak instead of Santa Claus. And as the lyrics self-referentially inform us, even Morrisey, The Cure and Hüsker Dü sing along. A new Christmastime classic!
This blogger had a hand in the video’s creation, so I shouldn’t say much more, but it was directed by Ozo Vision, and may or may not strike your fancy. You can purchase “Goth Christmas” from Bandcamp.
Country is a Montreal duo that has impressed us in the past with their sleazy brand of synthpop, and their debut album Failure, released last fall, is an underrated gem of a record and we’ve been anxiously awaiting their next move. They’ve just released their first music video for album highlight “White Colors,” and it’s a delirious animated suburban nightmare created by Vienna Pitts, and well, you’d better just watch this madness.
Country is playing a couple of shows in Toronto this weekend, tonight at the Heretical Objects showcase at the Gladstone, and tomorrow at the Silver Dollar with Votiiv and Brave Shores. Buy Failure digitally from Bandcamp or on cassette from Summer Cool.
Ooooh, it’s terribly exciting to hear new stuff from the ever-expanding mind of Doldrums. 2013’s Lesser Evil remains a phenomenal statement, so news of the followup makes for fantastic tidings indeed. So here’s the first single from the amazingly-titled The Air Conditioned Nightmare, an alternately cacophonous and crisply minimal electro dancefloor burner. At times sounding quite a lot like Silent Shout fave Zoo Owl, and featuring killer arpeggiator fills, it’s an addictive track. Repeated listens may be necessary.
Also, he signed to Sub Pop, good on him. The stratosphere’s where he belongs. Or maybe the ionosphere. The Air Conditioned Nightmare is out April 7, and we seriously cannot wait.
Peterborough’s Alex Unger has makes beautiful dark synth-laden pop music as ELMS, and although his latest release Cycles came out last December, but we mustn’t let it slip by without notice. “Lightning Strike”, the first track and a highlight of the seven-track EP, is a towering, dramatic single, with an extremely catchy (although dour) repeating melody. Makes us wonder what else interesting and exciting must be happening in Peterborough!
You can stream and purchase Cycles from Bandcamp.
Given the extent to which Bile Sister soundtracked our 2014 (Faucet being our #9 album of last year), we’ve been eagerly awaiting the next move by the Julie Reich-fronted Toronto experimental pop group. And the answer is: frantic, frantic brilliance, in the form of new single “Haagen Baadz,” a tempo-shifting giddy nightmare that whips from idea to idea at a furious pace.
It’s another step forward for Bile Sister, most assuredly. But there’s more! The accompanying video, directed by Heather Rappard, assisted by an uber-talented team of Toronto visual artists, is a visual cacophony of strobes, animated eyeballs, and mindbending effects.
“Haagen Baadz” was released together with another new jam, “Went To Walk The Shot”, last week at Long Winter on a split 7″ with Nick Storring. But good luck finding a copy at this point. You can grab a digital copy at Bile Sister’s Bandcamp.