A bit behind on this one, y’know the song by longtime Toronto staple Allie Hughes (now Allie X) that was premiered by TIME magazine, of all places. Co-written by Kieran from Diana, tweeted by Katy Perry and catchy as all fuck, this song has goddamn legs! I guess moving to L.A. did good things for Hughes, but we hope it doesn’t keep her away from Toronto for too long.
Telstar Drugs are a weird guitar rock outfit from Montreal via Calgary; weird enough to merit a write-up on a mostly electronic blog. We’re not going to justify it by claiming to be spooked out by their terrifying sounds, as we often do with guitar based music, we’re just going to say that they’re weird, awesome, and playing a show in Montreal with Jef Barbara and Homeshake on Friday, March 7th.
Here’s a truly special cover of the Brian Eno classic from 1977′s Before and After Science by London’s You’ll Never Get To Heaven, who are releasing a new EP, Adorn, next week. We haven’t heard much from this ambient pop duo (one half of which is a contributor to this blog) since their indisputably brilliant debut album. So we’re all agog at the prospects of a new EP. Agoooooog!
You can pre-order Adorn here.
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.
It’s fitting that two of Montreal’s best musicians right now – Ramzi and Bataille Solaire – took on a mythological name for their joint project. Apparently they released an EP as Baal Astarté at the end of 2012, but they’ve since returned with this little gem. Besides having the best title possible, the groove of its beat and use of spoken samples has us hypnotized.
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.
We’ve long been big fans of Toledo’s Brothertiger here at Silent Shout. He’s moved on to the big city, a New Yorker now, but it seems to be meaning big things for Mr. Jagos. Just listen to this sorta-new single he put out in January! So lush, so warm, so suitable for dreaming of summer. His production seems to be reaching new heights, we’re especially fond of those arpeggiators in the pre-chorus. But nothing tops that hooky hooky refrain. Catchy as all hell!
So here’s a hugely exciting collaboration between our very own Digits and our very favorites Doomsquad. They began work on this project in the summer at Gas Station Studios on the Toronto Island and the track was co-produced by Toronto musician and frequent Digits live member Valerie Dour. It’s a really spectacular track, with the fingerprints of each group clear throughout, each pulling the other slightly outside of their respective comfort zones, with Digits bringing his airy, slick pop sensibility, and Doomsquad providing their customary swirling hypnosis. The track is going to appear on Digits’ new Shake Your Body Down mixtape, which we will be holding the release party for in Toronto on February 28th, and both acts will be playing together at the Montreal release show for Doomsquad’s debut LP. No word on whether there’s a live collaboration in the works, but here’s hoping!
If the characters in the Black Lodge of Twin Peaks formed a band, it would sound like Scattered Clouds. The band from Hull, Quebec released this song last year, and we’re sorry to have missed it then. Thankfully, we have an opportunity to make up for that by presenting them at a very special Silent Shout in Montreal with Doomsquad, Digits and Technical Kidman.