We love the minimal approach in the latest A.A. Wallace video. Directed by Trevor from Doomsquad and Heretical Objects, it features a woman’s hand getting QUITE sexual with a glitter covered box. Once it’s open, there’s so much cool stuff within. Watch it then let’s discuss:
A HUGE FUCKING SNAKE! First off, I hope it was okay with all the smoke, second, A HUGE FUCKING SNAKE! The other things in the box are cool too, but seeing that snake is the biggest “wow” moment of the video. The song itself is the same sort of lush arrangements and complicated production that we’ve come to expect from the project, including some damn cool string arrangements.
“Secret Name” is another single from In Alpha Zones, the next A.A. Wallace album due later this year.
We fell for Toronto trio For Esme‘s snappy, introspective electro-pop back in February, and they’ve done it again with “You”. The video has them breaking into a school at night, flashlights in hand, to dance on tables and perform at a ’50s-style prom to a suitably catchy soundtrack. We’re feeling seriously inspired to put on a skinny tie or bright lipstick and have a flashlight dance party.
Their second album, Sugar, is coming out later this year.
Honestly, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything from the Automelodi that we don’t think is amazing, but this video — directed by Kaspar’89 — really emphasizes how amazing this project really is. Heavily indebted to German Expressionism (what if The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was made in the 80’s?), the film marries claustrophobia, analog technology, and really cool costumes, make-up and choreography C/O Ludivine Bah and Paula Mera “Paularoïd.”
“Digresse” comes from Surlendemains Acides, Automelodi’s second record, which is still available for purchase. No word on anything new coming in the pipeline, but something comes, you can be sure we’ll be on top of it.
It’s no secret: we really, really dig new-on-the-scene Toronto dark synthpop trio Secret Sign. So far, we’ve been blown away by their two debut singles/demos “Cat + Mouse” and “Sullenprod.” Today, we’ve received another harbinger of their impending greatness, a killer new electronic pop track on a bit of a psychedelic tip called “O.M.S.R.” The new single is accompanied by their first music video, a trippy collection of manipulated images with singer Kaila Moon superimposed on top of them, and it suits the band’s mysterious image and aesthetic well:
We’ll be, as ever, awaiting more of the good stuff from Secret Sign, and apparently we can expect a new EP in the near future. For now, you can grab their old EP from January from their Bandcamp page.
Even though the band once known as Diamond Bones just ranked 6th best Electronic Music Act in CultMTL’s annual Best of Montreal readers poll, the three piece outfit has officially (as of late April) been reborn as Caveboy.
The band has emerged from their transformative state to reveal a first single and video. “In The Grottos” is an electro-pop song – complete with soft synths and lead singer Michelle Bensimon’s floaty vocals. Wait for the chorus to hit!
We’ve written before about JOOJ, the collaboration between film professor Adam Litovitz and Canadian arts-fixture Sook-Yin Lee, who just dropped a video for their track “Ghost of Love”. The clip is almost candidly shot, and features Lee, Litovitz and dancer Mairi Greig alone in a gym with strangers accompanied by the track’s nylon string guitar, minimal electronics and Lee’s crooning. Director Yuula Benivolski perfectly captures track’s themes of relationships and modern day detachment.
JOOJ’s self titled record will be out May 26 through Last Gang and a release party will take place at Double Double Land in Toronto on May 29th. We can’t wait! Until then, stream the video below:
White Poppy returns with “Confusion”, the first single from her highly anticipated forthcoming album Natural Phenomena. Here, Crystal Dorval’s ethereal, echo-laden vocal accumulates to gorgeous effect amid a euphoric tapestry of blown-out guitar, infectious rhythm, and blunted sparkle. This deftly constructed arrangement bodes very well for the rest of the album, which Dorval has stated primarily consists of instrumental tracks.
Stream the video above (directed by Dorval herself) and be sure to check out Natural Phenomena when it’s released June 23rd on Not Not Fun.
We will never, ever get tired of listening to Light Fires‘ pop masterpiece FACE, which still feels just as fresh now as when it was our #8 album of 2013. This week, we’re invited to revisit “Last of His Kind,” an elegiac (yet still very danceable) synthpop track that pays tribute to the late Will Munro and his crucial importance to the LGBTQ scene in Toronto. Light Fires has released a new video for the song, directed by David Kraft, and it’s a bit of a throwback to classic pop videos, with carefully chosen superimpositions and lighting that emphasize the sad subject matter yet still maintain an uptempo disco feel. It was shot at Lee’s Palace, the site of Munro’s Vazaleen parties.
FACE is still available from Bandcamp, and it’s still incredible. Do yourself a favour.
Cooooooool! We’ve been waiting a long time for something amazing from Toronto’s Triple Gangers. The band has played the Silent Shout live series more than any other act, but with the exception of an EP released a few years ago and couple of singles here and there, there hasn’t been much to share from the electro-pop trio.
Now, with the amazing video to “Beresford Boys,” we not only have something to share, but also to exalt and champion to the ends of the earth. The super cool drone video (shot in a tropical paradise called “Toronto” and directed by Frank Guidoccio) spectacularly translates the inherent fun of the band and their playful sexy nature. Not to mention the song, which is the greatest iteration of their sound on record to-date. If the rest of their album sounds like this (Forecast, due out June 12), it seems we’re in for a real treat.
Here’s a video for TOPS’ tune “Destination”, the closer off of Picture You Staring (our 6th favourite album of last year). In this case, the destination in question is Japan – director Jasper Baydala captures the group’s recent japanese stint with fuzzy VHS clips of cityscapes, nature and a famous Shinto shrine that suit the track’s melancholy atmosphere.