Directed by Dreamedit, this new video for Light Fires‘ “I Like to Work” is a smorgasbord of snowy makeouts, and a study in contrast of bright white and orange. How much do we not miss winter?? From Light Fires’ amazing, never-gets-old debut album, still available from Bandcamp.
Light Fires is mounting an elaborate cabaret version of her live show for Silent Shout’s SummerWorks music series this weekend, Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are available here.
When we heard that some of the Toronto-based outfit Hush Pup were moving to Victoria, BC we feared the worst. Their EP from last year is a thing of beauty, and losing that unique, dreamy sound would have been a travesty for Canadian music fans. Well, it turns out our fears were unjustified; not only are Hush Pup back, but they are releasing a NEW EP! “Swimming” is the the first single from appropriately titled Waterwings, due for release in September.
The surreal VHS video comes from the ALSO appropriately named Toronto graphic zine Double D’s, which I suppose makes the video NSFW, but not really?
Regardless, Hush Pup are back! Rejoice! Rejoice!
We are just LOVING this experimental phase Austra’s going through with their Habitat EP and this trippy trippy video for highlight “Doepfer” is suitably weird and shifting, just like the track. Directed by Adrienne Crossman and band member Maya Postepski.
We posted this brilliant new Born Gold single the other week, but as usual, Cecil Frena has a glorious video to match his exuberant electropop melodies. Directed by a team of Landon Speers, Angela Lewis, and Cecil himself, it’s a charming video starring an all-nude cast, who dance, laugh, and cry at a wedding with a loose dress code.
“I Want to be Naked” is the first in Born Gold’s “No Sorrow” video singles series. Watch for the next one on August 22!
Regular readers know we have a penchant for posting all things Beta Frontiers and all things Weaves. Well today, we get an idea of what an amalgam band (Beta Waves or Beta Weaves?) would sound like, as our favourite Toronto electronic producer gets to slather his magic all over Weaves’ now-classic-seeming “Motorcycle”. It’s now got his characteristic shimmery, summery bounce. Probably good cycling music! From the Weaves Remixed EP, featuring remixes by our faves J FM, Babe Rainbow, Thomas and more, out now on Buzz Records.
Weaves is performing a special one-time-only theatrical collaboration with Allison Cummings entitled “Weaves Through Time” on August 10 in Toronto, part of the Summerworks Music Series curated by Silent Shout.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Dan Lee of Phedre, Hooded Fang, Tonkapuma, and really just every band in the entire world, has a new video out for, Farisian, a stand out track from his recent solo debut LP under the name Lee Paradise. Lots of quick cuts and vhs era effects in this one, to accompany Lee’s frenetic boogie. The LP, Water Palace Kingdom, is out on Pleasence Records and Not Unlike, and is available here. We recommend it highly.
Allie X is all about hit singles, apparently. The ultra-catchy “Catch” has not left our heads since it first entered, and now we’re faced with this MONSTER. It’s seems a teensy bit crafted to mine the popularity of both Lana del Rey and Grimes, but damned if we care because it’s masterful and is exactly what we want to be listening to these days. The video, a psychedelic journey to the supermarket, is equally wonderful. Directed by Jungle George. Download it for free from Soundcloud.
We have been waiting ever-so-impatiently for Hollowm the debut album from Toronto woodland electropop experimenter Zoo Owl, and his most recent video does not disappoint. Possibly a continuation of the origin story laid out in the “Twin Mirror” video, our avian hero scours train tracks and a bridge to find some sort of power-enhancing artifact. Huge arpeggiators!
Our favourite uptempo synthpop twosome, Ark Analog (Maylee Todd and Dan Werb) have got a new video out for “Was That It?”, a standout single from the Dirty Power EP. Lots of great costume changes and trippy effects to go with that brilliant beat. Premiered on Spin! And directed by A.J. Bond.
You can stream the Dirty Power EP on Soundcloud.
Today we’re very proud to present the premiere the video for one of our favourite songs this year, “Occult Commando” by Vancouver’s Ancient Babes, the highlight of the excellent Futuristic Demon EP. The slow, darkly mysterious synthpop track works perfectly with the dreamlike imagery of a woman who decides to participate in the ritual of a group of acolytes that stop her car in the countryside. Turn it up loud and fullscreen this thing, it’s worth it, immerse yourself. Unless you’re at work, in which case, shrink the screen and squint.
The video was directed by Ghostprom (who also directed Doomsquad’s “Waka Waka”) and was produced by the Heretical Objects Cooperative, a new record label that uniquely also has a film/video division. It’s the first time they’ve created a video for a non-Heretical (an Orthodox?) artist.