We’ve utterly fallen for this new sound from Montreal‘s Forever, the solo project of June Moon and originator of last year’s smooth, pastel-flavoured, fantastic self-titled EP. Keep the soulful, beautiful vocals; push up the tempo; add some bass bounce; turn the heat up and let it simmer: the result is this daydream of a single. It’s produced by fellow Montrealer Ouri, and it’s been putting some spring in our step all day.
Great news: she has another EP on the way!
While Toronto‘s Castle If usually fires up her analog synths to launch the listener into far-off galaxies, this beautifully realized collection of songs turns earthward to capture the essence of a family of house plants. It’s a cross between the pop- and drone-focused sides of her output, a series of seven melodic instrumental experiments, many named for the Latin moniker of the plant that inspired it.
Plants aren’t something we often ascribe personalities to (remember how hard it was to play a flower or a tree in your kindergarten play?), but each one here is its own individual, expressed through deep vibratos, purring middle tones or dancing upper voices. It’s easy to imagine something green growing, waving and dancing to each composition. We recommend forgoing headphones for this one–your plants just might like it, too.
Plant Material is available on Bandcamp.
All hail New Chance! We’re always thrilled to hear new sounds from electronic adventurer Victoria Cheong, and this time we’re blessed with news of a brand new mixtape, featuring remixes, instrumental experiments and collaborations with some names familiar to the astute music fan. (Romy Lightman! Jonathan Adjemian! Evan Cartwright!)
For now, dip into the welcoming world of “Luck be a Lady,” a floating ambient warble that could be the sound of a descending, welcoming spaceship. It’s paired with a video by Zoe Solomon, a mix of footage of Cheong and translucent anime, fading in and out with the static. Otherworldy indeed!
If you’re in Toronto on Sunday (May 7), you should absolutely spend your afternoon at her tape release show, a joint venture with Doom Tickler.