Don’t be fooled by the vaporwave-y cover art: Winnipeg’s À La Mode latest song is pure sunshine, filled with endearing harmonies and lovelorn lyrics. “Des fois j’pas sûre de tout /Des fois ça semble flou/ Mais tu es mon amour,” sings Dominique Lemoine, right before what is surely the coolest guitar solo you’ll hear on a synth-pop track this year. The lyrics are deeply emotional and are sung beautifully, as if to lull the listener into the band’s lush melodic reverie. Let’s hope this one gets a video release soon!
Loveland: land of the love, land of the chill. Halifax singer-songwriter Robert Loveless’ five-piece band once again proves to be a reliable and exciting groove-making machine, with each song off of their newest album being a testament to their strengths as a band.
Loveless is still the Prince to his band’s Revolution, but it’s their collective neo-retro charm that makes Chill For You superb. Clearly these people have mastered the art of the slow-jam: third song “Lonely Life,” a duet that features vocals from keyboardist Rindy McDonald, deserves a nod for being such an endearing mix of ’80s nostalgia and twee pop. But opener “925 5212” is the best of the bunch, with its smooth electro-funk production and awesome falsetto hook. Indie-pop gold.
The band will be touring in support of this new release; check out the dates on their website.
“Hey, are you even paying attention to me right now?” asks a (quite possibly) pitch-shifted voice at the beginning of this fresh new Homeshake single, “Every Single Thing”, inciting the listener to snap out of whatever they’re doing and listen. But here’s the thing: the track is so smooth that one can’t possibly resist letting their mind wander a bit while it’s playing. Sure, it demands attention, but you’ll be mindlessly head-bobbing to the beat before you know it. And that’s not a bad thing; the song is just really infectious. Peter Sagar’s falsetto vocals are as pretty and melancholic as ever, the synths are pillowy and it’s under three minutes in length. Verdict? Yep, another good Homeshake song. Preorder his upcoming album “Fresh Air” here at Sinderlyn.