Our love of Bataille Solaire, the proggy electrolyte from Montreal, cannot be understated. As a frequent collaborator of Jef Barbara and Pascale Project (who directed this video), Asaël Richard-Robitaille has definitely honed his skills for electro-experimentation and with this song has created an almost easy-listening jam that would be played in the most awesome supermarket in the world.
“Hom dans la ville” is the first single from Dolby’s On, his latest EP out now on Mansions and Millions.
This video is certainly a more playful side of Rolemodel than we’ve seen before. It features Jordan Allen, principal Rolemodeler, going through various stages of drag and getting (seemingly) sloppy drunk. Which drag persona is your favourite? Personally, I like the one with the gigantic blond hair and heart glasses. Though the red haired/scarf version is pretty good too.
“Teen Idol” is a downtempo emotional journey with a killer chorus synth hook and one of the strongest tracks from the band’s latest EP Claire, which is out now on Hand Drawn Dracula.
We’ve been very much into Brendan Philip’s debut EP lately, and the sleek, dark, and experimental electro-R&B sound within. This week, he released a video for the EP’s closer “Wild Side,” a late night drive punctuated by don’t-try-this-at-home fireworks firing. Directed by Kevin Dempster, it’s a lovely visual affair that perfectly matches the track’s minimal groove.
Brendan Philip’s EP is available now from Dine Alone Records.
Vesuvio Solo‘s uber-catchy psychedelic stoner-pop anthem still makes us swoon after all this time. And now we’ve got some killer visuals to go along with it, with a new video directed and edited by the band themselves and Pat Gregoire. It makes sense that this band lives in a perpetual VHS haze, subtly rocking out in a bare green room.
Their most excellent album Favors is available now from Banko Gotiti and Atelier Ciseaux. Do yourself a favour.
When we last checked in with Meg Remy’s recently 4AD’d U.S. Girls, she was shaking her fist at the White House and cursing a landform. Now, she’s announced her next LP, Half Free and released the second single along with a self-directed video, a psychedelic and nightmarish procession of women with third eyes. As with “Damn That Valley,” “Woman’s Work” was produced by Toronto beats-genius Onakabazien and is easily the most Silent Shout-y single we’ve ever heard from U.S. Girls. Featuring a driving arpeggiated synth and a huge-but-slow backbeat, and even a vocoder, it’s everything we could have hoped for. Predictions: Half Free will make U.S. Girls an indie underground star (which she’s long deserved). Also, she somehow ends up president, with Bernie as her veep. You heard it here first.
We cannot wait to hear this record. Half Free is out September 25, which is tantalizingly far away.
The fast-paced, high energy electro banger from Maarten Bayliss gives us a certain amount of anxiety, which is quickly washed away as soon as we realize how amazing the song is. Not to mention the video, which is just great. A man in a gorilla suit goes about his daily routine, and plays the song in the desert. Simple concept, amazing execution.
But okay, let’s just talk about Bayliss’ website for a second. Go ahead, check it out. It’s amazing! On this Buzzfeed parody, Bayliss get’s the tone just right (the headline for this video is “You Won’t Believe This Gorilla’s Dance Moves. This Video Changed My Life In 4 Minutes), but he also makes all the supplementary videos that you find on the sidebar. Seriously, you can waste a lot of time there, and I think it takes the award for best website for a Canadian Musician.
Admittedly, and somewhat embarrassingly, Montreal’s Foxtrott just popped up on our radar by virtue of a show that she’s doing in Berlin with fellow Montrealer Antoine 93 in July. Well, now that we’re onboard, we’re never getting off. This kind of sleekly produced electro-pop is definitely in our wheelhouse, especially when we can make a comparison to perennial Silent Shout fave Mozart’s Sister. The similarities don’t end at the textures used, but they both carry a sense of otherworldliness and complete originality despite the professionalism of arrangements.
Not to mention the video, which is just super cool. I want to visit those purple hills and dance just like they’re doing here. Click “repeat” a few times on this one to prepare you for November 6th when Foxtrott releases A Taller Us, her debut record on One Little Indian.
Toronto wunderkind Clairmont the Second has been seriously impressive lately, especially given it’s still so early in his career. Back in April we wrote about “Queen,” an amazing chilled-out electronic hip-hop single that left us wanting more. If “Queen” was a little on the dark and mysterious side, “Pretty” is definitely much more lighthearted and playful. An ode to egotism, it’s a very slow, minimal production, with a killer bassline and gloriously start-stop beats. We’re into it. The stark, carefully composed video was directed by a team: Javier Lovera, Devon Little, and Ben Cook (aka Young Guv/Yacht Club).
“Pretty” is from 2014’s Project II, available as a free download from Clairmont’s Soundcloud.
Toronto psychedelic electronic trailblazers Doomsquad went down to New Mexico for some inspiration and to work on a new record, and we trust that anything they do will be very very relevant to our interests. Last week, they put out a video for “Two-Way Mirror,” a standout single we adored from their freshly-released Pageantry Suite EP. Directed by Chris Boni, the beautifully shot video follows a man encountering strange characters and phenomena as he explores Roswell, and the band appears only briefly as mysterious figures dressed in white. A wonderfully postmodern UFO story.
Pageantry Suite is available now from Hand Drawn Dracula and Bella Union.
We aren’t exactly silent about our love for Robert Loveless. That’s why we’re thrilled to premiere his new video for “Go Beyond”, directed by Erin McDonald. The gorgeous clip features the man himself superimposed over imagery both interstellar and terrestrial shot on 16mm in black and white.
The track features slinky phaser-peppered guitars and an extraterrestrial synth groove. Of course, Loveless’ unmistakeable croon is out in top form. “Don’t that jive with watcha know/ Don’t just ebb and flow, go beyond”, he proclaims. It’s less of a suggestion than an order, since he’s taking you there whether you like it or not.
“Go Beyond” is from Robert Loveless and the Loveland Band’s upcoming record, Can’t Bobby Love? Look for it later this month. For now, peruse Loveless’s glorious back catalogue on Bandcamp.