It’s always great to hear new stuff from formerly-of-Halifax, now-Torontonian disco whiz A.A. Wallace. His latest single, “Harlequin,” is a bouncy electro-disco with a tremendously hooky chorus, and is definitely one of his best songs to date. And the video’s fantastic too, featuring a masked air guitarist getting down in various locations, with psychedelic superimposed visuals everywhere. A real treat directed by Jeff Miller.
Watch out kid! You’re being chased by a giant fish puppet!! Oh, you’re friends? That’s cool then. Pretty adorable video with a tragic ending for Caribou’s “Can’t Do Without You,” one of the standout songs off last year’s Our Love. Apparently the song is about a boy and his fish. We didn’t know.
The band is also having a contest to own said fish puppet, details of which can be found here. If you have room for a 12 feet long, 5 feet tall, 4 feet wide, 50 lbs fish puppet at your place, then by all means apply. Would be a good conversation piece, for sure.
Danielle Fricke makes beautifully atmospheric (often instrumental) music, and the London, Ontario-based artist’s new song is her best work yet. Paired with a video of changing patterns and colours, “Cicadas” captures the feeling of a lazy, hazy day at the pace of a slightly sedated heart beat. Her voice layers well with itself as the song swells up and fades out, ending after a bite-sized two minutes. There’s a replay button on videos for a reason, guys.
Out of nowhere, a new U.S. Girls single!!! Working with producer Onakabazien, it’s her first release on the illustrious 4AD, and although there’s no word of a new album coming yet, let’s just assume that there’s one on the horizon. For now, we’re going to groove along to “Damn That Valley” and this amazing video of her gesturing wildly at Washington landmarks. U.S. Girls 4 U.S. prez!
“Damn That Valley” is available now from iTunes.
We’ve got a thing for Ottawa’s Scattered Clouds, it’s documented. They’re one of the best in the country at creating dense, moody and evocative music that feels cinematic in that it’s hard NOT to imagine a Lynchian scene playing out as their guitars thunder. Their latest, “Enchanteresse,” is a wonderful addition to their catalogue, a bit reminiscent of Timber Timbre, which is of course a very good thing. They’ve release an awesome found-footage video for the track, edited by Hiltrons’ Mike Dubue, it’s more-than-appropriately surreal and features some wonderful superimposed line animations.
“Enchanteresse” will be on Scattered Clouds’ much-anticipated debut album The First Empire, which comes out next week on E-Tron Records. They’re on tour in Ontario and Montreal this spring, check their Bandcamp page for tour dates.
Like you need an excuse to listen to this one again. Doldrums‘ monster-of-a-single “Loops” now has a psychedelic sci-fi video to accompany its delirious groove. Directed/edited by Lily X, it’s the feverish/ecstatic dream of a man living on (or in) the moon. Yep, that’s exactly what this song feels like. Glorious animation work!
Our love for JOOJ, the new project from Sook-Yin Lee and Adam Litovitz, is well documented. “Shoulders and Whispers” is a minimalist gem, and a ridiculously strong debut and, of course, there was no no doubt that any visual output from the band would be equally as strong. Enter Brandon Cronenberg: the director’s take on the song is appropriately creepy with slow pans over writhing dancers in a church, and Sook-Yin as some sort of religious figure.
The hugely anticipated album drops May 26 on Last Gang, and a release show at Double Double Land on May 29. Want more? Of course you do! Check out two amazing (and very different) remixes of the song courtesy of Slim Twig and our very own Digits. Both are available as free downloads courtesy of Last Gang:
Good news for Hey Mother Death, the remarkable Halifax/Paris duo that made one of our favourite albums of last year. That debut album Highway will be reissued by Paper Bag Records, which should result in some more well-deserved attention for an album that probably flew under the radar for most people. They’ve released a brand new video for the title track, a surreal and evocative one, beautifully shot by director JF Julian.
Highway is out July 7th, pre-order available now from Paper Bag.
We’re big fans of new Toronto duo Etiquette (Julie Fader and Graham Walsh), and we’re even bigger fans of the Heretical Objects Cooperative, so a Heretical vid for an Etiquette track was guaranteed to be right up our alley. Directed by the cooperative’s Ghostprom and Trevor Blumas (of Doomsquad), the video is kinda-really hot, two backseat lovers getting it on to the sultry “Attention Seeker” off of Etiquette’s new record Reminisce. Their tryst is juxtaposed against slow driving scenes of an older man who’s not altogether happy with his life. The track is a brilliant, a lush, sultry Johnny-Jewel-ish production, slower than “Brown and Blue” (which was also great). But when the huge synth bass drops, we’re taken places. Our favourite Etiquette song so far!
Etiquette’s debut LP Reminisce is out now on Hand Drawn Dracula.
We’ve been fans of Xarah Dion for quite some time now, since her days as Nouveau Zodiaque. Her brand of Cocteau Twins/Kate Bush style dreamy synth-pop is exactly the kind of thing that we love. Add a little bit of gothy elements, and you’ve got a recipe for perfection.
“Sottises” is the final track on last year’s phenomenal Le Mal Nécessaire, which is still available for purchase via Bandcamp. The video treatment here is as minimal as the song, letting Dion’s personality, and the epic emotionality shine through.