We don’t know much about mysterious Montreal newcomer Kid Aristides – in fact we know next to nothing except that his name is Nicolas Boisvert and he has a penchant for classic video game visuals and soundtracks. His debut EP Screwed By the Man came out back in August but only recently reached our ears, and it’s a remarkably original creation, a synthesis of many different electronic motifs. Often hypnotic, at times playful, and always grooving, his inventive production remains always anchored by seriously excellent songwriting and catchy melodies. Yup, these songs will stick in your head even though the EP’s decidedly electromurky, like playing video games in a swamp.
“Drunken Master” may be our fave, but the whole EP is a must-listen. Grab it for free from his Bandcamp page, which we’ll be watching closely for more music in 2015.
I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that Tenderness is one of our all-time favourite artists that we’ve written about. Her debut album was on constant repeat in our homes, offices and earbuds and was our second rated album of 2012. Since then we’ve had a small trickle of new releases, which just increases our desire to hear more. Never more so than now, with the release of her this new single: a weird masterpiece that takes the listener to multiple different places during its short runtime.
We don’t know if this means more to come from Tenderness, but we’ll dare ourselves to hope and dream.
Prince Innocence are absolute masters of their craft, and it very much shows on brand new single “I Don’t Care,” a slinky, slow electro jam that rivals the incredible single they put out in the summer, “Cold”. And big news arrives with this single: the Toronto/Montreal duo will be self-releasing a new EP, Easy Life, in February. We loved their debut EP Lapse and this last round of singles have been EVEN better, so Easy Life is virtually guaranteed to be incredible. We’re kinda sorta welcoming February with open arms now.
Premiered by our Austin friends Gorilla vs. Bear.
Wolf Saga, one of London’s best underground producers, teamed up with Toronto electropop artist Lyon for this wonderful wonderful electro take on the Strokes’ LP3 single “You Only Live Once.” It keeps pretty level and contemplative, Mr. Saga he was explicitly going for an autumnal feel on this one, and the steadily chugging electro-bass keeping our heads bobbing until the explosion of synths at the end. Killer version!
Earlier this year, Victoria’s Freak Heat Waves had a track included on the (fantastic) Plastic Factory compilation Meet the Factory. “Cradle of Fear” showcased the band creeping into the kind of territory we cover. The band has moved further down the wormhole with a dancy new single from the forthcoming Bonnie’s State of Mind LP (Out Feb 3 on Hockey Dad), and are we ever excited! “Design of Success” feels like FHW taking their brand of arty groove-goth post-punk out for a night on the town. Shit gets sufficiently funky.
Preorder Bonnie’s State of Mind now over here!
Drug Train has been quite dormant in 2014, as far as we can tell. The Montreal band released our fourth favourite album last year, so naturally we’re thrilled to see a new song pop up on a Beko compilation.
The song, which is the band’s first song entirely in french (we think?), is the in the same style as the debut album, which consistently wowed us with their lo-fi brand of slacker electro rock. Hopefully this means more things to come from the project in 2015, in the meantime check out this song and the entire compilation, which is available for free download and well worth your time.
We’ve already mentioned our excitement about Vancouver synthy power pop project Rec Centre‘s second album Monster of the Week, and we totally loved the X-files themed video he released a couple of months ago for lead single “Like I Care.” Well the follow-up to last-year’s excellent Times a Billion came out last week, and it’s full of brilliant gems like the standout “Celebrity Deaths,” a sweet bit of downtempo synthpop featuring the band’s signature harmonies.
You can buy Monster of the Week direct from Rec Centre’s Bandcamp on cassette or digitally.
Gavin Noir, one of our favourite new artists of 2014, has graced us with a new song/free download. The Londoner makes chilled-out electro-pop, similar in vein to his comrades in arms New Zebra Kid and Halcyon, who also hail from The Forest City.
His newest song is a short ditty, but continues to build anticipation for his next release, whether it be an album, EP or another song. We’ve said it before, but London has one of the most interesting music scenes in the country right now, and we love to see it continue to thrive so.
The piano chords at the beginning prepare you for the epic journey you’re about to go on, but it’s not until the huge throbbing bass arpeggiator comes in that you really understand what Vancouver’s Sur Une Plage are up to. Having released one of the finest songs of the year in “Restaurant”, this song is the slow brooding cousin to that frantic synthpop gem. This duo composed of Joshua Wells (of Black Mountain and Lightning Dust) and Colin McKill is one of our favourite new bands we’ve discovered this year, and all their tracks are free on Bandcamp. Go bask in their glory!
Mimico – a Torontonian band named after the Torontonian neighbourhood – make excellent electro-kosmiche music we at Silent Shout can really get behind. “Fate Screen” rides an ominous krautrock groove to the edge of the solar system amidst guitar freakouts and synth spasms- it’s perfect for a midnight kruise down the Autobahn. Psychedelic space-goths, unite!
The track is taken from a forthcoming split with Fresh Snow on Reel Cod Records, who will also release Mimico’s forthcoming LP Incantations in January.