New Antoine93 song! Ugh, we love this guy and his alienated alien-pop – the Antoine-verse is a very distinct universe, a very bizarre place where the dance parties are strange but memorable. “The Physical Aspect of Love” is one of his strongest singles yet, and we can’t wait to hear the album that it portends. We can expect Maybe Unlock My Heart in November! Yes!!!
Torontonians, you should catch Antoine93 with Silent Shout faves Ken Park and Mathémathique this Saturday at Double Double Land.
Majical Cloudz have been busy touring with Lorde, bowling over her audiences no doubt. And to celebrate the tour’s end, they’ve decided to rework “Your Eyes,” a track originally on their 2011 debut album. This new version has more direct vocals, and a bigger, more pristine sound. Both versions are excellent! As is anything they do! (As you might recall, Impersonator was our #1 album of 2013.) You can read their heartfelt message to the people they met on tour on their Tumblr.
“Controller Down” is like a dream we didn’t know we had coming true. Galaxius Mons and Jef Barbara are two underground Montreal pop artists we love dearly, for very different reasons. Galaxius are electropop experimenters of the highest order, and their debut album was our #6 album of last year. And they’ve got none other than Canada’s premier underground pop star Jef Barbara to sing vocals on their latest single, a brass-heavy electrofunk track that pumps like no Galaxius Mons track before it. Blast it out your car stereo!
Galaxius Mons are on tour right now in Ontario and Montreal, including an appearance tonight at Nite Comfort with Silent Shout darlings Petra Glynt, Mekele and Chanteclair. Check out rest of the Galaxius Mons tour dates over at Exclaim.
Ottawa’s Boyhood (Caylie Runciman) continues her trajectory into stoned-out electro space. While the core experimentation is still in tact, gone are the garage-pop sounds of days past in favour for the drum machines, keyboard and samplers you know we love. In the eyes of many, Ottawa label Bruised Tongue can do no wrong, and you can consider us among those acolytes, especially with an exciting project like Boyhood on the roster.
So Vogue Dots keep getting better and better. We were fairly impressed with their debut EP Toska – okay fine we loved it to bits – and last month they released an excellent new single on Cascine. So it’s no surprise that their latest, the lead single from their forthcoming Mauka EP is another extremely accomplished anthemic atmospheric electropop gem. With an incredibly evil arpeggiated coda. Dropped jaws over here!
“Way With Silence” was premiered by our Austin pals Gorilla vs. Bear. Mauka comes out on Indica Records next week.
Montreal electro-indie scene veteran Malcolm Fraser aka The World Provider has been a bit quiet in recent years, but luckily that’s just meant he’s been hard at work on some new material. “Pam Pam” is a brilliant new single, a subtly throbbing dance track produced by the Dears’ Murray Lightburn. Singer Stacey Dewolfe softly coos over some grooving arpeggiated synths, featuring some incredible piano work from none other than Chilly Gonzales, and the overall effect is intoxicating. It’s one of those press-play-and-repeat situations. The dark ‘n’ lovely video was directed by Kara Blake.
Here at Silent Shout, we’re always up for an astral journey. Moon Maker is a producer slightly new to the Montreal scene, being originally from France, and we’re delighted to have him and his retro-futuristic jams in Canada. The shimmering, vocoded “Off the Moon” is a wondrous and nostalgic single that deserved to be played and played again on your next lunar mission. Probably not Mars-appropriate, though.
You can purchase “Off the Moon” and other singles from Moon Maker’s Bandcamp page.
Montreal songwriter James Irwin thoroughly charmed us with his recent single “Everything Passed Me By,” and we’ve been eagerly awaiting the next single from his forthcoming album Unreal. And here it be! “Face Value” does not disappoint, another relaxed yet sombre song, seems like this record will be autumnal to the max.
As an added treat, the track’s been remixed by the brilliant L Ron of Holobody. Also essential listening!
Don’t know how this happened, but we missed this springtime release by our favourite Vancouver minimal synth crew Cosmetics. “Honey Honey” is a demo from waaaay back in 2010, and we kinda remember this track being on their Myspace back in the day? It was finally released in April on OLYMPIA ...PLUS, a compilation of rarities which is essential listening for any Cosmetics fan.
It’s available PWYW from Cosmetics’ Bandcamp. Go to there!
Oooooh, awesome new band alert! Los Echo are two different people in two different places: Kaitlin Thatcher in Toronto and Connor MacFadyen in Ottawa. They’ve just released their debut EP Bold Fire, and we have our bloggy brethren Quick Before It Melts to thank for bringing it to our attention. We’re utterly captivated by the title track, super-catchy melodic electropop with a slow ambling groove.
We’ve got on our eyes on these two. Buy Bold Fire directly from them at Bandcamp.