A Jamaican Queens deep cut for you to spend the weekend with! Be sensible you two! Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do! This one’s a really interesting cover of My Bloody Valentine’s When You Sleep featuring Phreddy Wischusen, Rick Ross and Moonglows samples. Hot stuff!!!!
Dylan III is Dylan Aiello, a current resident of Berlin originally from Hamilton, Ontario who also happens to be the keyboard player in Sean Nicholas Savage’s European band. He makes some of the most engaging, original and exciting music we’ve heard recently.
The Art of Business, like many of his songs, is about Capitalism, and displays an impressive depth of thought and a pitch black sense of humor. Clocking in at just over 10 minutes its as ambitious and sprawling in its intention as it is in its duration, using repetitive synth lines to build a sense of grim foreboding under expertly imitated management conference speak and samples from actual motivational speakers, before breaking into a first person narrative from the perspective of a banker leaving his office during a protest that is legitimately chilling. It’s brilliantly crafted and nimbly navigates subject matter that could easily fall flat or ring false. A truly remarkable composition.
There’s plenty of more excellent material available on his soundcloud and he’s promised a new series of tracks called Fahrenheit starting in the new year that will appear weekly and will feature a subject, product or company that he admires. The first two installments are already up, one on Bitcoin and one on Whistleblowers.
Zoo Owl – TWIN MIRROR
We’ve been teased by this project for a while. Playing what seems like hundreds of live shows in Toronto over the past couple month’s, Zoo Owl has become quite a fixture in the city’s music scene. Finally, the project (Bryan from OPOPO and Saturns) has a single to spread his Owly word, and it doesn’t disappoint. We’ve heard it described as a less pretentious Doldrums before, and we gotta say that’s very accurate. This is a sound made for dance floors and awesome house parties.
Electric Youth, “Real Hero” heroes, have a new one, sounding a bit like a darker Sally Shapiro in the Chromatics universe. New album coming! On Last Gang sometime in 2014.
Soaring electro-folk from Toronto’s Omhouse, produced for the upcoming Long Winter, Fucked Up’s amazing monthly showcase at the Great Hall. From a double A-side 7″ with Milk Lines, 350 of which will be given away for free on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The next Long Winter is on December 13th in Toronto.
New Majical Cloudz b-side!! From a song they’ve been performing on tour but only released today. Impersonator remains one of the most stunning albums of the year.
Devon Welsh said the following about the song:
“Savage” is a song we have been playing live for most of 2013. Many people have asked me on Tumblr and Twitter what this song is called and when it will be released, so here it is!
I think it’s important to explain a song a little bit, but not too much. The song is written about a specific set of circumstances and experiences, and Matt and I did such-and-such when we recorded it, but ultimately what the song is ’about’ is less important than how and why it is meaningful for you when you listen to it. Explaining too much about the details of the song is not the point, so I won’t.
“Savage” is about a friendship, it’s mysteries and it’s moments of excitement, and the way drugs played into all of it. It’s about letting go of a relationship as it changes and the emotions that go along with that.
Anna Mayberry of Toronto’s anarchic post punkers, HSY has just released a lovely three track EP under the name ANAMAI on Buzz Records. Shimmery and reverb drenched, Altar Coals is the EP’s lead off track and traffics in a brand of guitar-driven, atmospheric jangle not dissimilar to fellow Torontonian Brian Borcherdt’s project Dusted. The languid and open quality of these tracks stand in stark contrast to the taught compositions of her other project but she proves equally adept in these surroundings, especially with regard to the subtlety of her vocal performance. The whole EP is available here and well worth a listen, and the EP release will be happening at Holy Oak in Toronto on November 15th.
Remember how Yacht Club’s “Flash” was our favourite song of last year? And then we heard pretty much nothing new from the band for the rest of of 2013? Well, that all changed today. Apparently this was recorded a couple years ago with some top session players. While it doesn’t signify anything new in the pipeline for the band, it’s still an awesome song, and you can buy the exclusive 7″ right now as a Japanese import (???). Hey! Yacht Club are weird!
That all said, if you’re looking for a Ben Cook fix, Young Guv will be playing the Silent Shout co-curated All Toronto’s Parties on November 22nd at the Garrison. So many bands with so many awesome collaborators!
Montreal’s Freelove Fenner will release a new album entitled Do Not Affect a Breezy Manner on November 19. The captivating track “All Things Break Through”, as well as other stylish and compelling promo material, bodes very well for this album. Pre-orders include a special vinyl edition of the group’s sold-out releases Pineapple Hair (2012) and In The Bottle Garden (2009). Don’t sleep on this one! Pre-order the album today at Fixture Records!