We’ve already mentioned our excitement about Vancouver synthy power pop project Rec Centre‘s second album Monster of the Week, and we totally loved the X-files themed video he released a couple of months ago for lead single “Like I Care.” Well the follow-up to last-year’s excellent Times a Billion came out last week, and it’s full of brilliant gems like the standout “Celebrity Deaths,” a sweet bit of downtempo synthpop featuring the band’s signature harmonies.
You can buy Monster of the Week direct from Rec Centre’s Bandcamp on cassette or digitally.
The piano chords at the beginning prepare you for the epic journey you’re about to go on, but it’s not until the huge throbbing bass arpeggiator comes in that you really understand what Vancouver’s Sur Une Plage are up to. Having released one of the finest songs of the year in “Restaurant”, this song is the slow brooding cousin to that frantic synthpop gem. This duo composed of Joshua Wells (of Black Mountain and Lightning Dust) and Colin McKill is one of our favourite new bands we’ve discovered this year, and all their tracks are free on Bandcamp. Go bask in their glory!
Dean Jones Armada (of “High as a Cat” fame) hath become Astro Screamer, and this new project is quite a bit darker and more intense. An evil soundscape worthy of John Carpenter becomes a huge dancefloor track, a dystopic disco anthem. Toronto’s loss is Windsor’s gain!
There’s a few more Astro Screamer songs on his Soundcloud, well worth checking out. Can’t wait to hear more from this new project!
One of the best underground concert series in Toronto, Nite Comfort specializes in dark electronic music that skews towards the ambient and experimental. Last month, they celebrated their first anniversary with a compilation featuring many of the artists that have graced their stage, and it’s a wonderful cross-section of the city’s avant-garde synth explorers, including new tunes from Silent Shout faves Chanteclair, Sarin, Processor, and Zachary Gray. If we had to pick out a couple of highlights though, we’ll go with Dirty Inputs‘ majestic new synth epic “The Light of Day for Everyone” and Chobo‘s expansive exercise in sonic contrasts “Tingkle Away.” But really, check out the whole compilation on Bandcamp.
Dirty Inputs and Chobo both perform in Toronto this Thursday along with another Silent Shout darling, Zoo Owl, at the Silver Dollar. Recommended!
We’ve long been a fan of Montreal dark pop persona Low Factor, but it seems like she’s entering a whole new era with her latest single, “Icicle”. Her previous work was characterized by lo-fi recording values and experimentalism, which was wonderfully chaotic, but she’s tightened up her approach and gone full-on pop. Well, full-on pop in an alternate universe.
The video, directed by Kaspar’89 and Rubin, captures Low Factor in her natural alien habitat, a dark, strange place, with an amazing set, costume, and video effects reminiscent of Geneva Jacuzzi’s wonderful clips. Inspiring stuff! Her album Leçon de Tonnerre: Comment Créer un Orage is coming soon, but not soon enough.
My goodness. I’m not sure how Petra Glynt can call a single like this a DEMO, but we’ll accept that there’s a potential universe where “Propaganda” gets even bigger and shinier and more polished. But it sounds pretty perfect as it stands, Petra’s signature deep, pulsing beats and insistent pummelling vocals remaining shockingly original. Her militaristic anti-militarism is a sound destined for huge things, and considering she just came off a tour opening for Austra, it seems like people are finally beginning to pay some serious attention to this incredible Toronto talent. “Propaganda” is off of the new Healing Power records compilation which is just full of wonderful treats, and you can also buy the song separately directly from Petra’s Bandcamp.
Petra Glynt plays Toronto this Saturday at Wavelength, together with Silent Shout faves Jooj on a phenomenal bill.
Saxsyndrum have been keeping busy since releasing that fine, fine remix album back in March. Turns out they’ve been hard at work on a new EP! This one’s called SXD_EP is another great release further cementing their reputation as Canada’s premier electronic jazz deconstructionists. They’ve also released a video to go along with the EP’s single “Lac Marsan,” and it’s a lovely NFB-inspired colour bars animation directed by Catherine Morley.
You can stream the new EP on Soundcloud, and purchase it from Art Not Love Records on cassette or MP3. And Montrealers, be sure to check out the release show this Thursday with Hilotrons at Cabaret Playhouse.
1. Majical Cloudz – Your Eyes
2. Swim Good & RLMDL – Saturday
3. VOTIIV – Stay Away
4. ¡FLIST! – Big Black Coffin (Screaming Lord Sutch cover)
5. Johnny Couteau – À La Jeune Fille aux Longs Cheveux Noirs
6. Galaxius Mons – Controller Down (feat. Jef Barbara)
7. James Irwin – Face Value
8. Timber Timbre – Curtains!? (Doomsquad Remix feat. Simone Schmidt)
9. Bazarian – Castle on a Cloud
10. YlangYlang – Tiny Balconies
11. Moon Maker – Off the Moon
12. Antoine93 – The Physical Aspect of Love
13. Xarah Dion – L’Asphalte Chaude
14. Jamaican Queens – Bored and Lazy
15. Motëm – Truth be Knownst
16. Boyhood – Make Up
17. Ginla – Things You Have
18. Los Echo – Bold Fire
“Curtains?!” is unquestionably one of the best singles of the year, a standout from Timber Timbre’s masterful Hot Dreams. But of course, as an electronic blog, part of us always wonders: “What if there was just more synth in there?” Well today we get a hypnotic, grooving, epic journey of a remix from Toronto’s psychedelic electronic superstars Doomsquad, featuring a guest vocal from Simone Schmidt (of Fiver, One Hundred Dollars). In your face and unrelentless, it’s a deep and bassy track that is darker and more urgent than their amazing February debut Kalaboogie. Such a good combination! One of the best remixes of the year.
Ginla, that duo that met in Boston but now do their thing in Toronto, just put out a great follow-up to “Almost Plastic.” “Things You Have” is a very shoegazy electronic pop track featuring some of the breathiest synths and singing we’ve ever come across. Very cool sound! This is going to be on their forthcoming EP Dreaming In Circles, out November 11. We’ll be watching for it.