Never one to rest on his laurels, Dan Lee of Phedre, Hooded Fang, Tonkapuma, and really just every band in the entire world, has a new video out for, Farisian, a stand out track from his recent solo debut LP under the name Lee Paradise. Lots of quick cuts and vhs era effects in this one, to accompany Lee’s frenetic boogie. The LP, Water Palace Kingdom, is out on Pleasence Records and Not Unlike, and is available here. We recommend it highly.
Beta Frontiers, seen most recently tooling around Central America with Phedre, has put out a slightly NSFW video for an excellent track, So Cold, featuring a vocal from Diana’s Carmen Elle. It’s a wonderfully put together track that leans towards the furthest pop music side of Beta Frontier’s sound and is an intriguing indication of what may be to come from the project. You can get the track via Buzz Records here.
Back in January we shared with you an excellent track called Dreamer from London, Ontario’s Halcyon (aka Jordan Pearson of New Zebra Kid). Today we’ve got his new track Won’t Cry Tonight, which picks up where Dreamer leaves off, delivering Cure influenced synth pop inhabited by Pearson’s utterly arresting voice. There are strains of John Maus and Cold Cave, and perhaps most appealingly shades of Haircut 100 in the bereverbed drums and warm synth textures. The b-side, Light Sleeper, shows a gentler side and features a sax solo (!), and both tracks are available for free on Halcyon’s bandcamp.
Blonde Elvis have quietly been one of the best bands in Toronto for a while now, which probably shouldn’t be surprising given the presence of Carlyn Bezic, of Silent Shout favorites, Ice Cream and front man Jesse James Laderoute of the sorely missed no wave skronkers, Young Mother. The band put out a free EP last year that displayed moments of fantastic ambition blended with an acute pop sensibility, and that sensibility arrives undiminished on Fit For Her, the first track from their forthcoming LP. Immediately reminiscent of Modern Life Is Rubbish era Blur, but with a vocal performance far more Bryan Ferry than Damon Albarn, and liberally decorated with synthesizers, the track moves at a stately trot before tumbling into a wonderfully anarchic break down before the triumphant final chorus. It’s pop music as deftly realized as it is imaginatively conceived, and that is a rare thing indeed.
The video for Sunday Someday, a standout track from Phèdre‘s excellent LP, Golden Age, is astonishing and wonderful and at the end pretty gross. Daniel Lee has a little mustache, April Aliermo has feathers in her hair, and our much adored Ken Park makes a cameo in a ruffly tuxedo shirt. They even laugh cruelly at a child! Truly there is something for everyone here.
Phèdre are going on a big old european tour beginning at the end of this month, and the illustrious Mr. Park will be joining them for some of the dates. If you live, pretty much anywhere in that part of the world you should make it your business to check them out.
Our deeply beloved Ice Cream have smiled beneficently upon us today by granting us an audience with their excellent new track, Fired Up. Slinky bass grooves abound and the track is accompanied by a video directed by Meg Remy of US girls, that premiered on Rookie Mag this past Sunday. There seems to be near universal agreement that Ice Cream are among the most exciting bands in Toronto, and quite probably anywhere else at the moment, and we are certainly happy to add our voice to that choir. They’re going to be playing in Toronto at the Hoxton this Saturday with The Internet, and Bizzarh. File under “shows not to be missed.”
New How Sad!!!!!!!!! Oh good. As is at this point common knowledge we (and especially me) love How Sad and this new performance video from The Wild Honey Pie doesn’t disappoint. How Sad are on tour in the UK at the moment and they’ll be on a jaunt in to the states shortly as well which surely implies there’s another release on the horizon. We can’t wait.
Sexy Merlin 4ever! This is one that will be familiar to anyone who has had the good fortune to catch Mr Merlin in person as its a long time staple of his always remarkable live sets. It delivers exactly what we’ve all grown to expect from this project, heavy rhythm, hypnotic vocals and intense realness. God bless the good ship Sexy Merlin. Long may it sail upon a clear and open sea.
In news that unsurprisingly has us in paroxysms of joy, Sean Nicholas Savage has just made available a track from his forthcoming LP, Bermuda Waterfall. He played this one for us at his spectacular show at DDL in December and its just as breathtaking here. The simplicity of the arrangement really complements the gentle elegance of his voice. We couldn’t be more excited about this record.
New Yacht Club for Valentines Day!!!! This is always exciting stuff for us and Ben Cook and Matt DeLong have delivered in a serious way as they always always do. The video is also great fun and was apparently shot in Belgrade. Happy Valentines Day!