We’ve long been a fan of Montreal dark pop persona Low Factor, but it seems like she’s entering a whole new era with her latest single, “Icicle”. Her previous work was characterized by lo-fi recording values and experimentalism, which was wonderfully chaotic, but she’s tightened up her approach and gone full-on pop. Well, full-on pop in an alternate universe.
The video, directed by Kaspar’89 and Rubin, captures Low Factor in her natural alien habitat, a dark, strange place, with an amazing set, costume, and video effects reminiscent of Geneva Jacuzzi’s wonderful clips. Inspiring stuff! Her album Leçon de Tonnerre: Comment Créer un Orage is coming soon, but not soon enough.
Saxsyndrum have been keeping busy since releasing that fine, fine remix album back in March. Turns out they’ve been hard at work on a new EP! This one’s called SXD_EP is another great release further cementing their reputation as Canada’s premier electronic jazz deconstructionists. They’ve also released a video to go along with the EP’s single “Lac Marsan,” and it’s a lovely NFB-inspired colour bars animation directed by Catherine Morley.
You can stream the new EP on Soundcloud, and purchase it from Art Not Love Records on cassette or MP3. And Montrealers, be sure to check out the release show this Thursday with Hilotrons at Cabaret Playhouse.
Toronto’s Ken Park eats a falafel on a deserted beach, sometimes singing in between bites, and it’s still somehow mesmerizing. This video for hypnotic You Think About it Too Much highlight “Stay At Mine” was directed by Eduardo Sánchez and shot in Barcelona on Ken Park’s summer tour with Phèdre.
Ken Park plays Toronto tonight with Silent Shout faves Antoine93 and Mathématique at Double Double Land. Can’t miss!
Our friends in Tony Ho have sneakily gone and directed one of the best videos of the year. Featuring brother sister duo Brave Shores with one of the catchiest indie-pop songs we’ve heard this side of Icona Pop, the Toronto sketch troupe have created a colourful world of awesome hair and beautiful people. Keep your eyes peeled for a brief a cameo from Roxanne, Silent Shout’s own resident artist as the girl with the bubble gum.
Oh, it’s always so nice to be reminded how mindblowingly amazing Princess Century is. Lossless, one of the best albums of last year, was full of great (and sinister, and strange) singles. Let’s revisit “Palace,” because she just put out a beautiful new video for it, directed by Cosmotropia de Xam. A chaotic journey from one strange visual to the next, it’s a great way to experience the song.
Lossless is still available on Bandcamp, and it’s still so so so good.
Xarah Dion has dropped the Nouveau Zodiaque moniker and will be releasing her debut LP in a month.
The French dark synthwave superstar made one of our favourite songs last year, and looks to be continuing this trend moving forward into 2014 with the release of “L’asphalte chaude.” Decidedly more EDM than minimal synth, the turn has us super excited for what is to come for the project.
Video directed by Guillaume Vallée
Kontravoid has expanded with Votive: the new side-project from everyone’s favourite dark-wave mask-enthusiast, and we definitely love what we hear! Adding vocalist Kat Duma and more of a dance-club vibe to the proceedings makes the project more in keeping with Cam Findlay’s previous projects Parallels and Crystal Castles.
And apparently, they’ve been busy: in the span of 24 hours, the band dropped the video (above, directed by Nadia Khashan), and EP (below) and the news that they are opening for TRUST tomorrow at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. Really, there couldn’t be a more appropriate pairing.
Oh, this collaboration has Silent Shout written all over it: a Toronto team-up featuring producer Swim Good and dreamy electropop band RLMDL. It combines both of their strengths spectacularly, resulting in an airy track anchored by a blistering arpeggiated bass that might be the song’s star. Can’t mess with that chorus though. We missed it back in September (when it premiered on Stereogum) but hey, now we get to post it along with this Jakub Blank-directed video they just released today. That worked out!
Bazarian, one of our favourite Ableton noodlers, has released one of the strangest videos of the year. Half-way between disgusting and beautiful, he immerses his seemingly naked body in ladybugs, who are free to just roam around his body. It’s a eerily serene sight, but also an experience we would not wish upon ourselves or our worst enemies.
The song is a pared-back ambient experience, and hopefully a sign of new material on the way. It’s been far too long since we’d heard anything from this project.
Automelodi‘s album Surlendemains Acides may have come out last year, but this new video for standout single “Metropole sous la pluie” reminds us that there’s never a bad time to revisit that record. Frontman Xavier Paradis moodily poses and shimmies in the fog, and makes us long for a world as mysteriously glamorous as this Emilie Serri-directed video. And the song? Still couldn’t ask for a better darkly pop single. Forever impressed.
Surlendemains Acides is still available on vinyl and digitally from Electric Voice Records.