Psychic Rites are a super gothy synthpop duo from Moscow, ID, which is just on the Washington border, and used to be called “Hog Heaven” but then “five men in the area met to choose a proper name for the town, but could not come to agreement. The postmaster Samuel Neff then completed the official papers for the town and selected the name Moscow. Interestingly, Neff was born in Moscow, Pennsylvania and later moved to Moscow, Iowa.” (Wikipedia)
Since we can’t stop reading that article, we’ve discovered that Moscow was the birthplace of Psychiana, a “media religion” which was once the US’s 8th most popular religion and world’s most popular mail order religion. Is there a connection between Psychiana and Psychic Rites?
Oh, the music. Well today we’ve got this INCREDIBLE remix by Portland’s Exotic Club that takes the slow and mega evil “Elohim” into uptempo arpeggiated glory. Memories of Nash the Slash! And this “Love Will Tear Us Apart” cover is too fun not to include.
Psychic Rites’ debut EP is still available for free here. We hope to hear more from them soon!!
Warning: monster remix record ahead. Seriously, Montreal indie electrojazz duo Saxsyndrum have assembled an all-star collection of remixers to take on tracks from their 2013 album Future Circus. Including a ton of Silent Shout faves, like How Sad, Beta Frontiers, Pick a Piper, ¡flist!, the list goes on and on. We’re super into this Syngja take on “Heartsrings,” which takes the upbeat and optimistic original and brings it into slightly darker atmospheric pop territory. This remix goes well beyond remix territory, adding completely original vocals by Syngja singer Tyr Jami. (Vocals by Luke Loseth of Holobody existed in the original but were somewhat twisted beyond recognition.)
No question, this is a pretty brilliant re-imagining, very catchy ethereal pop, sounding a bit like Blue Hawaii or Kate Bush. With flourishes of sax throughout of course.
The Wake Island remix featuring Akua that CultMTL premiered yesterday is also highly worth your time. As for that remix album, entitled Fairground: Future Circus Remixed, it’s out March 22. Catch Saxsyndrum’s release party that very day in Montreal at Le Cagibi, with Loopsy Dazy and Syngja opening.
There’s a very defined group of collaborators developing in Toronto. I don’t know who is the individual or group responsible for bringing these people together, but clearly Petra Glynt (and her label Healing Power) has something to do with it. Of these collaborators, the latest to come onto our radar is Pale Eyes from Toronto. They just released this excellent remix of Petra Glynt’s War Cry. Let the collaborations continue!
The first Trust single off of Joyland made us real happy. A dark, brooding, emotionless kind of happy. Well consider us ever more overcome with emotionlessness, because shadow-dwelling Toronto producer Tarantula X has made “Rescue, Mister” extremely dancefloor-ready. Huge arpeggiators are our friends, always. Probably the best remix we’ve heard this year!
The first Trust album was our #4 of 2012, so we’re assuming we’re going to be listening to Joyland all year. It’s out March 4 on Arts & Crafts.
Sing Leaf‘s David Como pulls apart the already very interesting “How Will I?” from Sandro Perri’s 2011 delight ‘Impossible Spaces’. Sing Leaf’s mix focuses on the wonderful electric stage piano and Perri’s wonderful vocals. Rumour has it, there might even be a remix EP from Sing Leaf on the horizon so stayed tuned.
Sing Leaf is opening for Sean Nicholas Savage at a Silent Shout showcase on December 9th at Double Double Land.
Beta Frontiers does some mighty fine remixes. So it’s amazing that he’s taken on fellow Daps-ers Phèdre‘s incredible song “Ancent Nouveau.” That crazy-catchy melody totally needed a trippy synthpop remix. To top it all off there’s a killer psychedelic video for the remix, courtesy of director Andrew Olivares, whose work we also dearly love. Guys, too much talent, ease up!
Phèdre’s awesome new album Golden Age is available from Daps Records here.
Montag – Memori (Herri Kopter Remix)
Herri Kopter, aka Montreal’s Jérôme Minière, recently remixed electropop darling Montag. He takes “Memori,” which features Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Spring on vocals, to a very beautiful atmospheric place that we don’t want to leave. Perhaps we’ll never navigate away from this webpage. Don’t forget to revisit the original!
How to Dress Well – Running Back (CFCF remix feat. Cadence Weapon)
Whoa, out of nowhere, three of our favourite people all on one track! CFCF deftly reworks How to Dress Well’s “Running Back,” accentuating the grooves of the original and lengthening the vertical range of our head-bobs. To top it all off, Cadence Weapon with a super-smooth closing verse? Wow.