Category: New Release
Guelph-based outfit WHOOP-Szo has produced a stunning collaborative album with Inuit Youth entitled Qallunaat/Odemin. Recorded in the Northern Village of Salluit, Quebec, the music blends palpable intimacy with experimental rigour, resulting in a dynamic mix of psych, folk, noise-pop, and haunting atmospherics. Grab a digital or analog copy of this record via Out of Sound Records.
In addition to putting out stellar screen-printed records and tapes, Out of Sound also administers a series of estimable community outreach initiatives for Aboriginal and Inuit youth, which you can learn about here.
When Ottawa’s Violence released their debut EP last March, we declared them our spirit animal. Since it was our favourite EP of 2013, it’s understandable that the arrival of their first full-length has turned our January blues into some happy dancing. The record’s sound continues in the same vein as their previous release: artfully executed synth pop with the exact dark flavour that we love. This is more proof that Visage Musique works with the best bands.
The title is a German philosophical term for experience, and that’s exactly what you should do with this record. Bring it with you as you go about, play it in all kinds of situations, really experience it.
R&B producer Sam Avant AKA Beach Season is the first artist in 2014 to release an EP on the up-and-coming electronic label Close To Modern. Now in “Season 2″ Close to Modern is releasing some of the finest electronic music Canada has to offer.
The most recent from Beach Season rides a line between chillwave and R&B. Offering chilling vocals and spacey synth stabs over appropriately urban drum samples. Run, don’t walk over to Bandcamp and grab the ‘Pay What You Can’ EP.
In recent years, the highly prolific YlangYlang has issued a slew of compelling releases on Lava Church, Personal Archives, and Jeunesse Cosmique. Her latest release, entitled Blossom, is without a doubt her strongest work to date. This standout set will resonate with fans of poignant minimal synth and experimental ambient K7s, as well as fans of current ethereal DIY electronic music, such as Motion Sickness of Time Travel and Aloonaluna.
Montreal’s Homeshake just released their latest mixtape Dynamic Meditation, and we’re very impressed with the results. The first song/section deploys sophisticated chord changes akin to Roy Ayers or Steely Dan, albeit rendered in a more downtempo groove and hazy production style. A remarkably poignant descending melody in the refrain captures not only the harmonic and rhythmic sensibilities of vintage soul-jazz, but also its emotional resonance. The following section evokes traces of the late Don Blackman filtered through Bibio’s lo-fi approach to retro funk. The Beat Konducta-esque sequencing of tracks creates a fragmented listening experience, which only adds to the music’s beautiful delirium. Each side is just under ten minutes and, as the track titles suggest, side B is in fact side A in reverse. All in all, this mixtape slays and ought to be auditioned by all. Get it here as a PWYC download.
CFCF‘s new album is finally available to stream! We’ve been enjoying this one.
A Sacred Cloud makes music ripe for seasonal change and solitary evenings of focused introspection. Ensoleillé, 1972, their latest album jointly released by Jeunesse Cosmique and Arachnidiscs Recordings, encompasses a sound world that evokes both the spacier side of Serge Bulot and Leyland Kirby’s fractured romantic leanings. Stream album highlight “Be good or be dead!” and pick up the LP here.
After the addition of a googleable extra “m” to their name, it seems like Programm are finally ready to release their carefully crafted work into the world. Prior to this EP, they only had one single to their name, the David Newfeld-produced snappy-percussion filled “Waiting“. Newfeld is no longer producing, but the percussion is still central to the greatness here, along with racing heartbeat basslines that ascend into guitar fuzz alongside downtrodden vocals. They are clearly a band dedicated to taking their time (the title track was originally released under the name Volcano Playground in May 2012), but the extra wait is worth the jump in polish.
For this incredible compilation from Healing Power Records, Stacy Sproule and Victoria Cheong asked some of Toronto’s best female musicians to contribute a track exploring the them of self-healing. The resulting fruits are dark and twisted, but ultimately delicious. Some highlights: Bile Sister vomits out impressive synthy sludge and Petra Glynt makes us need her soulful vocals and driven percussion. Though our favourite part comes at the end of the disc, with Tenderness‘ “bucked and blended” hymn. We never thought we’d be so into a song with a refrain of “Jesus!”