Austra – Future Politics

We all know and love this one already right? Austra‘s Future Politics may have been released on an inauspicious day, but far from settling into a third-record torpor, Katie Stelmanis has taken her project to the ionosphere (that’s well above the stratosphere) with a magnificent collection of beautiful, utopian/dystopian darkly electronic pop songs, almost any of which could stand alone as singles.

The lead singles sound even better in the context of the full-album arc, with the defiant “Future Politics” and the better-world longing of “Utopia” merely the opening statements in an album full of intelligent, minimal pop songs with banging beats. The production is crisper, rawer, and more direct than ever before, and perhaps that’s because this time Stelmanis mixed the record herself (collaborating with bandmate Maya Postepski on production as usual and live engineer Alice Wilder on mixing). A work of genius without a dull moment, Future Politics is Austra’s best album yet in an already-storied career.

Available now from Bandcamp.

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Wolf Saga – Keep Dancing

London resident pure-pop genius Wolf Saga has been uncharacteristically quiet of late. We’re used to a furious pace of heartfelt, uplifting pop, either in the form of jawdropping covers or ever-more-impressive original EPs, and we had much fondness for 2015’s Waves. So we’re clutching his latest single “Keep Dancing” as if it might be the only new music we’ll get from Johnny Saga this year (but we hope not!). Crisp, minimal synths and a bouncy deep bass explode into a massive, emotionally charged chorus, and before you know it, you’re dancing along. Perhaps his best single yet!

“Keep Dancing” is available now from Wolf Saga’s Bandcamp.

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Persons – Falling Like Niagara Falls

Hamilton’s PERSONS make some of the strangest but nevertheless infectious electronic pop you’re likely to find in Southern Ontario these days, and their debut self-titled cassette from last September is a must-hear for connoisseurs of unusual beats and treats. Today, we’re very excited to be premiering their video for one of the highlights of the album, “Falling Like Niagara Falls.”

Directed by Jackson Darby (also the band’s vocalist/beatmaker), the video takes us around the titular town in a psychedelic feast for the senses, whose weirdness matches the woozy, syrupy flow of the song. All in all, it’s a masterful display of low-budget techniques, surreally superimposing the band over different backgrounds. The results are dizzyingly engrossing, and at times, impossibly vast. Don’t fall over the falls!

PERSONS’s album is available PWYC from HAVN (Hamilton Audio Visual Node) Records Bandcamp.

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