Category: New Release
A. A. Wallace self-describes as “bedroom disco”, and we think that captures him perfectly. Simple production that still makes you want to pull out your best dance moves as the album glides between pop grooves and deep distorted voice samples. Opening track “Offline” makes a technology sabbatical sound like barrels of fun, but without the internet you couldn’t press play and jam out to the song. Maybe save unplugging and going outside until after you’ve had a few listens. You can buy (disambiguation) over at Bandcamp.
I moved into my new desk at the Silent Shout office this week, and while most new job orientations involve hours of paperwork and talk of policies, mine involved being plugged into this EP for five hours. I feel asleep to it one night and had a dream that I fell in love with a three-foot tall spider. I’m not sure what that means.
It turns out that Magmatic may just be the best new band discovery you’ll make in the next few months. Dark grooves and beautiful ballads, all drawn together by Magda Matic’s strong and warm voice. Oh, that voice. You can find the EP on their Bandcamp for PWYC.
Home Alone‘s Teddybears & Weed comes to us from dreary suburbs of Toronto, and its studied, meandering lo-fi grandeur is a testament to the benefits of semi-urban isolation. Its languid tempos, heavy reverb and bedroom and basement production create a space that is at once limited and expansive, building a sense of wonder and possibility through understated means. Beneath the layers of fuzz and delay there is a sharp pop sensibility at work, perhaps most evident in the reeling sample driven stomp of the title track, which recalls Toronto’s lo-fi heroes of yesteryear The Russian Futurists. Elsewhere, “Sleep.Walk.In” delivers a Buddy Holly guitar lick at a glacial pace, while the leadoff track, “Keep Breathing”, is a hypnotic semi-instrumental trip, gradually building through a haze of unintelligible vocal samples. “Teenage Tide might be the highlight, shambling along under the power of a jangly lead guitar line it’s reminiscent of The Shins’ pre-Shins band Flake Music, but with a greater eye for adventure. Over the album’s six songs there really isn’t a bad track and they hold together remarkably well, its a near-perfect dispatch from too-stoned suburbia.
Teddybears & Weed is available as a download on bandcamp and in a physical format through Orchid Tapes. This post first appeared in our column on No Fear of Pop.
Mathematique – Normal Chix 0 89
We shamefully missed last year’s album from Montreal’s Mathematique. With so much stuff being released though, it inevitable that something will fall through the cracks. Well, we’re here to rectify that wrong by professing a deep and profound love for this year’s EP. Though it’s only three songs long, the experimental electro-pop makes obvious comparisons to frequent collaborator Dresden Dresses, which is one of the greatest compliments we can bestow on a band these days.
It seems that her output has been pretty consistent for the past five years, so keep on eye on this project for more exciting stuff. Odds are we’ll have another release to gush about shortly. You can get this EP and, many many more excellent releases on Mathematique’s bandcamp, usually for PWYC.
Fact: Gold & Youth are really good at making dark broody pop music with guitars. Their debut album is out this week, including some killer singles for which our love is established, especially the tragically beautiful “Jewel.” So do yourself a favour, enjoy this stream, and then pick up the record from Arts & Crafts on May 14.
Oh my, Ottawa electric pow-wow progenitors’ A Tribe Called Red‘s new album. Been waiting for this one!
Rec Centre – Missin’ Out
Rec Centre – It Won’t Mean Anything
Vancouver’s Alex Hudson is a well-established music writer who also maintains the routinely excellent Chipped Hip blog. But we had no idea he was also a seriously talented musician and songwriter. His project is called Rec Centre, and his debut LP Times a Billion is an extremely catchy and well-crafted power pop record. The record was produced by Silent Shout favourite Jay Arner, who also plays on a few tracks. “Missin’ Out” is clearly the highlight, one of the best singles we’ve heard all year. But repeated listens reveal a lot of depth, and many of these tracks will remain in your head on a loop, especially if you’ve a soft spot for Sloan. Be forewarned. Times a Billion is a available on cassette or a PWYW download from Bandcamp.
L Con – Oh How Love
Whoa. Lisa Conway (of Silent Shout favs Chrome and the Ice Queen) has reworked some songs from an album she released last year. The pared back production of sparse electro drums, strings and Conway’s AMAZING voice is more than enough to have us fall instantly in love.
You can get the album from DAPS records.