Some days, there’s nothing more smile-inducing than the laid-back drawl of an understated yet uplifting Motëm hook. Hamilton’s electro-rap poet loves bringing things back to basics and his philosophy of being up-front about being conscientious and kind seems, well, rather punk. Not ironic or putting on airs, definitely not preachy. He’s just chilling in an arboretum, rhyming about Atlantis and asking you about how you’ve been. Ten years from now, he’ll be seen as a visionary. And what a beat from Sweden’s Lil Ocean!
Check out Motëm along with a bevy of Silent Shout faves in Hamilton this Saturday at a fundraiser for CFMU at This Ain’t Hollywood.
Avant Kool are an art-pop duo from Toronto that has been making the rounds for a couple years now. Many of you in the city will probably recognize the duo, who are regular show/party goers, and have definitely already made their mark on the scene with that. With that said, we’re thrilled to share the band’s first video/song, which is sort of a cacophonous blend of lo-fi Depeche Mode and the poppier side of of Einstürzende Neubauten.
Le Couleur have been making some seriously slick synthpop in Montreal for some time now. You might remember them from their “Voyage Amoureux” video, which ended up as our #1 of 2013. This week, they just released their latest, a five-track EP called Dolce Désir and shocker: we love the hell out of it. We already were very into the first single “Concerto Rock”, but it’s only one of many highlights off this record. Take for instance the next single, “Club Italien,” a more chilled-out electro-disco number in the vein of classic Mylène Farmer:
That remarkably suave and elaborately conceived video was directed by La Barbe Rousse (who also did Gold Zebra’s incredible “Drift Away” vid) and Joseph Heskia. So suitable for Le Couleur’s opulent and glamorous grooves! The EP continues with a couple of solid slower tracks, and then finishes with a monster of a single in “Télé-Jeans.” Highly highly recommended – why aren’t these guys world famous yet?
Dolce Désir is available now on vinyl and digitally from Lisbon Lux Records. If you’re in Toronto, catch them this Thursday at the Piston with Beatmarket and Triple Gangers, and Montrealers, you can see them on Saturday at Cinémathèque québécoise.
To certain people in various corners of the world/internet, the collaborations on this track are HUGE. Alixander III is one part of tragically no more Azari & III and Huren is an insanely talented/prolific solo artist in his own right, as well the former drummer of Junior Boys and member of the iconic techno band Teste. And finally, frequent Alixander III collaborator Hugues St-Amour added for good measure.
The song is seven-plus minutes of frenetic terror, horror movie villain vocals, and damn-fine body movement inducing drum programming. Released on Deth Records (with visuals by label founder SINS), which is the perfect home for such a star-studded collaboration. We won’t say that the song is better than the sum of it’s parts, but we damn-well hope to see more partnership from this trio in the future.
Emerging from an ominous realm of late night tumblr hashtag searches for black & white suicide by drowning, comes Artificial Monuments‘ gloomy video for their new track “Desertion”.
The video is directed by Canadian-born, Copenhagen-based frontwoman Johannah Jørgensen (sister of Silent Shout fave Sally Dige), who is joined in this holy minimal synth trinity by Kim W. Andersen (MOTH/Chainsaw Eaters) and Patrick Ringsborg.
The high contrast monochrome images of drowning and rolling-shutter strobing are perfectly matched with the pitch-black poetics of Johannah’s fragile vocal delivery floating amongst the dark minimal synth-pop melodies and reverb-soaked beat programming.
You can purchase “Desertion” from Artificial Monuments’ Bandcamp page.
One can be forgiven for not being familiar with the work of Montreal’s Johnny Couteau. He’s still pretty much an underground phenomenon, despite releasing one of the finest albums of last year, the unforgettable From the Infamous Mind of a Psychoactive Runner. Set in the post-Fukushima dystopia of Tchernobeach, the album’s towering ambition brought an entire radiation-poisoned world to life, while remaining true to its electronic post-punk roots with simple-but-killer synths and melodies.
So, after a record like THAT, what does one do next? The answer: a Valentine like no other. We’re honoured to premiere the first-ever Johnny Couteau video, for a new single entitled “Is My Baby Love Real or just a Hologram?”
The video reveals M. Couteau to be a dark, menacing figure clad in black, white and red, wearing heartbreak-line sunglasses, and living in a windowless basement located at the edge of the world. A perfect visual persona, over-the-top and suitably appropriate for the conceptual nature of the project. It was directed by Kaspar’89 who also made the remarkable video for “Icicle” by Low Factor (who makes a brief cameo here). The song itself is a post-punk epic featuring skronking sax and phased bass, one that rises to a chaotic frenzy only to switches gears into a deadpan spoken chorus. Co-produced and mixed by Pierre Guerineau of Essaie Pas fame!
Apparently we can expect two EPs from Couteau this spring and they’ll probably be incredible given his track record so far. Can’t wait.
One of the members of Winnipeg’s Ghost Twin is a contributor to this site, true, but that’s not going to stop us from writing about their absolutely brilliant new single “Chymical Wedding”. It’s ominous, as is usual for the duo, but it’s a truly exciting, fully realized vision of the band’s sound, and a deft arrangement to boot. And although Karen Asmundson’s vocals soar beautifully atop the mix, it’s hard not to see that incredible arpeggiator as the song’s true star. The track is accompanied by a great, quite-pyschedelic lyric video featuring clips from The Holy Mountain edited in time to the beat.
It’s the first single off an EP that we couldn’t be more excited to hear. Here We Are In The Night will be out in April on Dub Ditch Picnic.
Vancouver’s Humans have consistently proved themselves very capable at making some of the most interesting electro-pop this side of Sweden. Their latest single “Follow,” erm…follows in this tradition by hitting all the right notes: a pulsating beat, vocoded melodies, and a damn funky bass line.
The video, directed by band member Peter Ricq, is another “creepy stuff happens to a person driving a car” with a unexpected twist at the end. It’s real effective and suits the paranoia of the song quite well.
This is the first single from Noontide, the band’s upcoming album, coming out on February 24 on Hybridity Music. They are also embarking on a cross-Canada tour for the better part of the year, so make sure to catch their amazing live show when they’re in your area.
We’re huge fans of Philadelphia’s Resistor, the masters of backward-looking synthpop that mine our nostalgia, for simpler, synthier times. “Can’t Believe,” their brilliant single from last fall, remains in regular rotation on the Silent Shout tapedeck. But the duo’s latest track, an ode to the technological wonderment that is/was the cordless phone might be their most fully-realized production yet. Bask in the glory that is untethered freedom in this well-edited montage of classic telecommunications informational videos.
The song’s a free download from their Soundcloud, so go grab it!
It’s no secret that we here at Silent Shout have a deep seeded love for the hazy electro of Montreal’s Drug Train. Combine that with a similarly effusive love for all things X-files, and you’ve got a real winner on your hands. The video, directed by Julie Rainville, oscillating between hilarity and sadness, features a human freezing alien looking for love in episodes of the iconic 90’s sci-fi drama.
“Roll With It Scully” comes from last year’s Social Club EP, which like everything else from the project is a densely-packed dreamy experience that’s perfect for these cold winter days. The album is available now from Beko, and will be shipping out at the end of this month.