Oh, this is just so deliciously dark and evil – and a masterpiece of arpeggiation. Sarin, who released his debut EP Rotten on Sins’ Deth Records back in August, seems to have the most sinister synths in Toronto. We’d better keep our eyes on him.
You can buy the Rotten EP on cassette or as a download from Bandcamp.
We present to you Double Tooth. The Volume 1 seven inch record was recently released on a new sister label of Forward Music Group appropriately called Backward Music. The band have also put out an accompanying digital version that contains an additional 7 tracks of stripped down sonic slices.
It’s all a very cool journey through 60’s Nigerian afrobeat with interestingly cinematic twists of jazz, space-rock and modern music. The brand new project is composed of Robbie Grunwald (Fender Rhodes, Micromoog, Roland Juno 8, bass, guitar, glockenspiel, congas, hand claps) and Joshua Van Tassel (drums, congas, shakers, misc percussion, glockenspiel, hand claps, psycedelics). What we really fell in love with were the simply sweet analog synth lines scattered throughout. Both “You Should Buy Myself a Drink” and “One Thousand Shapeshifters” are sparse tracks that really make you groove on and trip out in a simple yet effective way.
Also, check out their live video shot in the decommissioned Halifax Stanfield International Airport air traffic controller tower (Editors Note: !?!!!?!? That’s so cool!):
Out of the ashes of two great bands comes Memorex. The band is comprised of the founding members of Autoportrait and Mirror Phase, two of our favourite goth-tinged electro projects of years past, and while we were saddened to hear that those two projects are no more, Memorex more than makes up for the gap.
As a celebration of all things old and new, Memorex will release their debut EP alongside a split tape of both the old projects. Catch the band at LP’s LPs on October 18th in Toronto.
Bonus: a soon-to-be-released Autoportrait song from said split:
“Ontario Gothic” is the dreamy title track from Foxes in Fiction’s forthcoming 12″ on Orchid Tapes. Its jangly guitars, hushed vocal layers, soft focus arpeggio motif, midtempo beat, and lush atmospherics may fit nicely on the Beach House–Memory House–Wild Nothing axis, but “Ontario Gothic” is in itself notable thanks to Warren Hildebrand’s deft production skills and tastefully romantic pop sensibilities. Mark this as another win for the highly prolific Orchid Tapes label, and yet another fall release that we can’t wait to hear in full!
Pre-order Ontario Gothic on vinyl from Orchid Tapes.
Toronto’s Phil Baljeu has long made music as Ruin, but this new project Secret Sign – rounded out as a trio with Kaila Moon and Danny Alexander – is making us perk up our ears. Moon’s vocals and Alexander’s guitar play cat and mouse over catchy beats from Baljeu, resulting in one heck of a debut single. We’re intrigued!
Here at Silent Shout we love us some atmospheric pop, and Mekele just might be the etherealest. His last single “Ananda” was a meditative, immersive wonder, and we’ve been eagerly waiting to hear what’s next for the Toronto ambient up-and-comer. Well, news has arrived! His debut full-length album Monolith is coming out this fall, and shit are we excited. Silent Shout has the honour of premiering the newest single, “Xenocryst,” an equally immersive, but more beat-driven, piece that, like everything Mekele does, is strikingly original, and moves through one unique sonic space after another. We imagine it to be a microcosm of what Monolith will be – and we’re sure we’ll never have heard anything quite like it. Watch for it this fall, being released via “an interactive website functioning as a visual media player sensorium”. Can’t wait.
Miracle Fortress is quietly releasing some of the best music of the year. First we had the emotional-but-bouncy “Here’s to Feeling Good All the Time,” which hasn’t left our digital tapedeck since its release. We knew Mr. Van Pelt was planning on releasing other singles, but didn’t think he (or anyone, really) could top the heights of that song. “Let Me Be The 1″ proves those thoughts misguided-as-fuck. One last epic synthpop jam for the dying days of summer, it’s extremely ambitious in its scope but still so so catchy.
Miracle Fortress is staking a claim to 2014 with these two brilliant singles. Please let there be another. Buy “Let Me Be The 1″ from Amazon.
We’ve been fans of Edmonton’s Cygnets since the earliest days of this blog, they’ve been quiet lately, but now we know why: new album. It’s called Isolator, they’re self-releasing it, and it’s well-worth checking out. Here’s maybe the highlight of the record, lead single “Gallows,” a broody, brilliantly arpeggiated goth anthem that’s still extremely danceable despite the slow tempo.
You can buy Isolator direct from the band at Bandcamp.
Douce Angoisse, who have sadly been off our radar until now, have produced one of the best dark minimal electro tracks of the year. The band, who originally hail from France, but made the move to Montreal a few years ago, would make a perfect pairing with any of the Montreal darkwave acts that we already love (Visage, we hope you’re reading!).
Also missed was this spectacular video, the description of which is best served in the original French language it was written:
“Une lolita malsaine qui n’as qu’une idée en tête: TUER LES PERVERS À COUP DE PATINS À GLACE – MONTRÉAL.”
Programm are now a mainstay of Toronto’s shadow-lurking scene, and we’re very excited to hear new music from them. “Like the Sun” is a massive, slow, electro-shoegaze track that is perfect for gazing directly into the sun. Burn every retina! (Ed: DO NOT look directly into the sun.)
We sincerely hope we hear more from Programm soon. They’re onto something!