We love Calgary’s Tigerwing so so much, if you’re not familiar with her music, start with the incredible I Want to Rip Your Heart Out, which was one of our favourite EPs of 2014. Not featured on that EP, however, was her most recent single, “Coax”, which thoroughly impressed us late last year. It’s an epic, cavernous, thundering song that hits at Fever Ray while taking that sound to new distorted places. She just released the video for the single, and it’s amazing. Creepy, dark, mysterious poses in otherworldly costumes, how can you go wrong?
You can grab a free download (optional donation) of “Coax” from Tigerwing’s Bandcamp.
Also known as Karkwa’s percussionist, Julien Sagot delivered his sophomore record as a solo artist in late 2014 via Simone Records. “Valse 333″ would later earn him a Juno nomination in the category of Francophone album of the year.
Allison Moore and Arthur Desmarteaux, known as Egotrip Productions, recently produced the video for “Docteur C” – a pop song that shines through its imaginative and left-field musical arrangements.
Matching the rather bizarre tone of the piece, the video confirms the theme set forth lyrically – drug dealers (remember “Doctor Robert” by The Beatles?). A strung out and hallucinating Julien starts by calling someone… then a delivery comes and madness ensues. And then there are human-sized cockroaches and a rat! Needless to say, this clip is great and should be watched immediately.
Nico Pellerin is mainly a behind the scenes guy, working in the studio with Quebec artists like SOFI and Jean Leloup. But with a repertoire like that, you know that his solo material is something well worth paying attention to, and while his remixes are top notch, it’s his original songs that really pique our interest. Case in point: the Montreal producer’s “Visions of Happiness” is a summery jam, perfectly tailored for (hopefully soon) coming warm weather.
The unassuming video is mesmerizing through its simplicity; just sit back and get stared at for a while.
¡FLIST! returns with his first (incredibly creepy) video from last year’s phenomenal Fuck You I’m Dead. Self-directed, the video features Charlie Twitch as some sort of wood creature, hiding from society while singing to himself and just…watching. The pale, black and white video certainly pairs well with the natural unease found in most of the his music, and shares it’s dystopian view of society at large through the status of the outsider.
Bile Sister’s video output is off to a great start for 2015. Already we had one of the best videos of the year with “Haagen Baadz,” but now she has doubled down with more green screen weirdness for her latest. One of the standout songs from last year’s Faucet (a must-listen as far as we’re concerned), the Dave Bedrich directed and playfully colourful video for “Wasted Crochet” showcases Bile Sister’s Julie Reich at her best.
The only complaint that we have is that this doesn’t bode anything new from the psychedelic Toronto project. We’re sure there’s something in the pipeline, but we’re selfish and want it now. Meanwhile, get Faucet if you haven’t already as it’s one of our favourite albums from last year.
“Pearl” comes to us via youngblood beatsmith CRi, a rising star of Montreal’s underground new-beat scene. Co-written with Ouri and Compton Chic (of Booty Bakery notoriety), “Pearl” is a slow burning RnB feeler, supported by soft-to-the-touch synth lines and spacey rim shots. The song expands on a sound that has placed Christophe Dubé alias CRi firmly on the same level as other talented young Montreal producers such as Robert Robert, WYLN, Ryan Playground and Noo-Bap.
The video, directed by co-conspirators Kristof Brandl and Justin Owensby, was shot in the USA’s deep south – where colorful southern characters, dusty mountainous horizons and Swedish dancer Elon Höglund make for memorable and at times stunning visuals.
After a busy winter that saw him grace the stage at Montreal’s popular outdoor winter festival, Igloofest, CRi is already working on new material. In the mean time, cop recently re-released “Oda” EP over on iTunes.
Anna Mayberry started releasing music as ANAMAI at the end of 2013, and the project was a far cry from her work with Toronto post punk band HSY. She’s perfected a slow, spaced out, introspective sound, and we’re quite into it. “Lucia” is a beautiful lament about being let down sometimes.
The video, directed by Adam Christopher Seward, depicts Mayberry in a sparse winter forest, searching for someone. The colour pallet – white, brown and red – is beautifully understated, reflecting the haunting quality of the song.
It’s also is the first track on her debut LP – which came out yesterday – and the whole album is certainly worth a listen for your weekly fill of atmospheric contemplation. You can buy or stream it over at Buzz Records’ Bandcamp.
Grimes’s last single “Go” proved divisive among fans and critics, being a departure from her past work, which had always maintained an underground feel despite her exploding global popularity. What would come next? A return to the old ways, or a continued venture into a mainstreaming of her sound? Grimes Nation and its observers debated, prognosticated, and pontificated. Today, we are treated to a glimpse of an answer, in the form of brand new single “REALiTi,” a laid-back grooving electropop track that distinctly feels like her underground tendencies are back in full force. But, then again, she says that the song is virtually of demo-quality, as she lost the original Ableton session and it’s a “doctored” MP3.
Although it might not really provide an indication of what her eventual next record will sound like, “REALiTI” is still an incredible piece of work, definitely not suffering for loss of fidelity, and is the best single we’ve heard from her in ages. The video, which she directed herself, is a love letter to her fans in East Asia and her experiences while touring there. Onwards, Grimes, to wherever your heart may lead you.
TIO, the mysterious cold-wave project from Toronto, hits all the right notes for us here at Silent Shout, and the video for “A Simple Way” is a wonderful introduction to their brand of sexy creepiness.
The band has some superstar backers, working with producer Roger Leavens (Diana, Born Ruffians, DD/MM/YY) and Toronto luminary Josh Reichmann as a “visual and tonal confidant,” who directed the colourfully terrifying video above. Other than those tidbits of information, though, we know nothing else about who this band is, and we kind of like it that way: their music lends itself perfectly to mystery and intrigue.
“A Simple Way” takes layer upon layer of reverbed-out vocals, placing them delicately over a throbbing bass line and slow but still propulsive beats. With this latest single, Toronto’s TIO have quickly become one of our favourite new bands to watch and we eagerly anticipate the release of their debut EP later this year
“Minimum” is the newest addition to Sur Une Plage‘s excellent trio of earnestly-sung singles from their forthcoming debut. And the video is a perfect appetizer to keep you satiated until the full album comes out on March 17 (two weeks away!).
There are slow drives through overcast suburban neighbourhoods, scenes of the duo – Joshua Wells (Black Mountain, Lightning Dust) and Colin McKill – dancing increasingly frenetically under the song’s sine wave, and an ominous figure reflected in a stained-glass mirror straight out of your mother’s house. Watch out for the surprise shout-out to the supermoon!