Sages – Kveldulf

The word sage has lot of meanings: someone wise, a calming plant and, it turns out, an interesting musical project. Sages comes to our ears from Orangeville, Ontario, and there’s a lot to like about this song from her Strawberry Crystal EP: confidently sweet vocals, playful layers of interlocking synthetic sounds and a subtle but important crow’s caw sample.

“Kveldulf” and the rest of its EP are available on Bandcamp.

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JG Ballad – Constant Craving

Think back to the start of our current decade. Was Diamond Rings dominating your headphones as much as ours? (I’ll admit that my Halloween 2011 look was an interpretation of the “Wait & See” video.) If so, you’ll be delighted to hear he’s been quietly releasing music for the past couple of years under the name JG Ballad.

They’re a set of covers–so far, he’s tackled the likes of The Constantines, Neil Young and more–except he’s loaded them onto a spaceship and launched them up into an infinitely danceable, wonderfully addictive stratosphere. This latest addition, released yesterday, brings k.d. lang’s “Constant Craving” to glorious new heights. We’re so on board.

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Premiere: Best Fern – It Means I Love You

Jessy Lanza‘s “It Means I Love You” was one of our favourite songs in 2016, and we’re so excited to share this new rendition by Montreal‘s Best Fern.

It hits the cover sweet spot: translating everything great about the original song into a brand new feeling that stands on its own legs. Made with analog gear (true to Lanza’s original vision),  this new version has softer vocals, silence liberally woven into the beats for dramatic effect, and a distinctive, dreamy playfulness.

The duo, Alexia Avina and Nick Schofield, have been playing it as part of their live show, which you can catch in the coming weeks in Montreal (with former-Majical Cloud Devon Welsh!) on January 25 or in Ottawa on February 2.

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