“Can you hear the voices on the shore, rising from the dirty ocean floor” – it’s as if we can almost feel some west coast waves gently caressing a Vancouver Island shoreline permeating through this latest single from Victoria’s Island Eyes. “Idle Shore” is a melodic piece of modern wall-of-sound pop, and is the first excerpt from an upcoming record scheduled to be released May 5th.
It should also be noted that Island Eyes was until recently known as Wand, and recently changed its name “due to confusion involving another band with the same name.” Check out the band’s official website for upcoming western Canada tour dates and further updates on the upcoming LP.
This has been quite the year for Toronto producer Harrison, it seems like he’s practically a household name now. The release of his debut EP Colors seems to have gotten him all the attention he’s been deserving for so long. Featuring frequent collaborator Maddee (she sings on several songs on the EP), single “How Can It Be” is the most straight-up pop track yet from the prolific psychedelic electronic producer and we can’t get enough of it. Hopefully the first of several releases from Harrison this year!
Colors is out now on Last Gang, available on vinyl and digitally.
Doomsquad have gone full-blown Talking Heads with their latest song, the first from Pageantry Suite, a new EP due out May 25th on Bella Union and Hand Drawn Dracula. Though the title of this EP would suggest that they are sticking to their witchy ways, this song is pure jangly guitar-based pop, with some awesome percussion provided by Mas Aya. We love it, and naturally quite a bit intrigued to see if this new sound is the future direction of the sibling trio.
Vancouver’s Ancient Babes, who’s responsible for our #31 song of last year, as well as our fifth-favourite EP, is back with a beautiful new track. “R.I.P. Maury Garner” is a syrupy-slow electro-ballad that shimmers and swoons, and should keep us somewhat satisfied until we’ve got a follow-up release to Futuristic Demon. Hopefully he doesn’t take too long, we need more Ancient Babes!
We’re celebrating Piper Davis week on the blog, it seems! On Monday, we danced to the new song by her band The Number Line, and today we’ve discovered this new project, a collaboration with Francisco Cueto. Though the pair hail from Toronto and Virginia respectively, their Soundcloud location is set to Iqaluit in line with their ice bear imagery and album art. The synths are icy too, but in a bright, sunny day on the tundra kind of way. And Davis’ voice is sounding as fresh as ever.
“Du Jour” is part of an EP — a really good EP — that you can find on Bandcamp.
Toronto’s Clairmont The Second is 17 years old, still in high school and producing his own beats and rapping in this case about young, unrequited love. The prodigy was picked up by Bad Actors for his second album Project II at the end of last year, a record that is a phenomenal introduction to one of the city’s greatest budding talents.
“Queen,” however a stand-alone single, and like everything else he’s done it’s super impressive. Seriously, everything he’s done so far is miles ahead of his much-reported age. Those in Toronto can catch him this Thursday at Double Double Land playing a Bad Actors fam jam with Bizzarh, Cities Aviv and Petra Glynt.
“Point of Light” is the first we’re hearing from Toronto’s Nadia Pacey aka Konig, but goodness are we ever floored by this delicate and melancholy electronic pop gem. An understated, yet catchy, syncopated vocal melody over soft and warm synths, it’s a beautiful track from a new talent. She’s already released a follow-up single, “Communicate,” and apparently both tracks will be on her next release. Really looking forward to hearing it!
The Number Line can always be counted on for inventive, cutting-edge electronic pop that maintains a perfect balance between experimentalism and catchy pop. Last year’s smash “Park Light” was our #25 song of last year and demonstrates exactly how pop they can get when they want to. Their latest single “New Crown” takes their sound in a completely different direction, a slower tempo, a broodier and more otherwordly production. And yet, still wouldn’t be out of place in the club following a Little Dragon track. All eyes should be on this band. Can’t wait to hear what they do next.
Now, West Nile has released two more songs that we like a lot, especially “WHAAAT I CAN GETT.” The song still has that hazy and chillwave vibe from “SSUFFIK8TRR”, but brings a fresh perspective to its overall sound. The opening starts off eerie, and builds into a synthy beat that’s complemented by upbeat disco-esque guitar riffs, played by London superstar producer Greggy Clypse, who works with most of the artists we love coming out of the city.
From what we can find, there isn’t a full length album in the works, but this two-track release is pay-what-you-can from Bandcamp, and you can watch that page for more releases. We sure will be.
While he never really went away, I think we can comfortably say that Pat Jordache is back! After spending some time working and building his Banko Gotiti label imprint/recording studio/arts collective, and releasing a bunch of singles the project has announced the Steps LP, the result of three years of hard work.
With that announcement comes “Anonymous Woman,” a weirdo-rock song that harkens back to Eno-produced Bowie in the best of the Berlin era. Steps is out May 15th, and there are shows in Toronto, Montreal and NYC to celebrate that.