Unsurprisingly, the latest Majical Cloudz single leaves us in awe. Impersonator was our favourite album bar none in 2013, and we’ve always known that whatever he did next would likely be incredible. So far, the two singles we have from forthcoming third album Are You Alone? have not disappointed one bit. The melody from the haunting “Silver Car Crash” is never far from our brains these days, and today we’ve got a video for the next single, “Downtown.” Devon Welsh himself directed the video for both singles (with collaborator Neil Corcoran) and their stark black-and-white urban wasteland imagery make excellent backdrops for the latest from the genius ambient pop duo. We’re blown away.
Are You Alone? is out October 16, and you can pre-order it now from Arts & Crafts.
Since our earliest encounters with Toronto mystery band TIO, we’ve been longing to hear a release, and that day has finally arrived! Their debut EP is coming out this Friday and we are very stoked indeed. Their carefully constructed, and decidedly dark, electronic pop feels so intelligent and unpredictable in a genre marked by simplicity and repetition. (Which are still also things we love!) But there’s something unique about how effortlessly they deliver their music that keep things from getting too brainy.
Following brilliant early singles “Day Fort” and “A Simple Way”, the band displayed a more chilled-out side on “Through the Heavy Clouds”. And today we’re excited to premiere the video for their latest single “Seeing It Go,” a song that’s so perfectly submerged and subtle, and even more subdued than anything we’ve yet heard from them. Love that lush chorus. So warm and dreamy!
The video, directed by Karl Skene, follows the animated adventures of three squares, RGB, as they journey across beams of light. It’s a psychedelic, hypnotic piece, that works extremely well with the minimalism of the song’s percussion and its gentle synth washes. Visuals to lose oneself in, for sure.
TIO’s EP (in true minimalist form, simply titled EP) is out October 9 and we’re so close to being able to hear it!
If you recall, back in the spring, bloggy favourite Mathématique decided to change her name to Pascale Project and put out the deeply grooving “Super Natural”. It seemed to portend great things, and now that she’s dropped her debut album Just Feel Good For a Moment, we know those premonitions were for real.
It’s an album that hearkens back to familiar new age and easy listening textures, but takes that as a backdrop upon which to construct vital, emotional pop. And there’s quite a bit of variety here in terms of the ways she approaches this sound, but the unifying elements of the instrumentation and production techniques make it all really hang together so well as an album. She’s also released a wonderful video for the title track, directed by François Quillacq, a very stylish one-room shoot featuring some familiar faces, including Antoine93 and Bataille Solaire. It’s a perfect visual accompaniment to the feelings we get when listening to this record. Pascale, we are in love with your Project!
Pick up Just Feel Good For a Moment direct from Pascale Project’s Bandcamp. And if you’re in Montreal, catch her at Secret Venue this Saturday night along with Silent Shout faves Ramzi and Eytan Tobin.
Okay, it’s already been established that Tasseomancy‘s Palm Wine Revisited is one of the best things you’ll hear all year. Yesterday, the Toronto duo (and sometime members of Austra) released a new video for one of the highlights of their second album, early single “Braid. Wind is Coming”, which hasn’t lost any of its power since we first heard it back in 2013. The video, directed by Blake Blakely, was shot on Super 8, making for a remarkably warm and beautiful production, with the occasional animated lines added. The combination of real film, psychedelic colouring, and trippy lines is so right for this track. One of the best videos of the year!
Catch Tasseomancy on tour in North America this fall, supporting Braids. Don’t miss them!
Accompanied by Nicole Froese on the xylophone, Franco-Manitoban Dominique Lemoine aka À La Mode offers her latest video for Bummer Summer – an excessively cute song with clear Belle & Sebastian undertones that is as much twee as it is pop. Make sure to check out her self-titled EP on Bandcamp!
Majical Cloudz have returned with a new video for “Silver Car Crash” from the upcoming Are You Alone?
The clip has a homemade aesthetic and features black and white shots of Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto in Montreal. Throughout, Welsh ruminates on the timeless sentiment of beauty in disaster. In typical Majical Cloudz fashion, the arrangement is sparse, minimal and gorgeous, suiting the video’s austere charm.
Are You Alone? is out October 16th via Arts & Crafts.
Last year was the year that TOPS fully arrived, with their incredible 2014 album Picture You Staring nearly topping our list of favourite albums of last year. Now we’ve got a new single from the Montreal soft pop saviours, and it’s a very dark, very sultry jam that at times gets so slow and moody it seems reminiscent of Chromatics. It’s a really cool sound, and an interesting new direction for the band. Even more reason to keeping watching these guys!
TIO‘s been thoroughly impressing all 2015-long with a string of great singles, including the propulsive “Day Fort”, and the minimal coldwave of “A Simple Way”. The Toronto mystery band (their identities are as yet unknown) is back again with another very cool dark pop track, with an accompanying video shot by Chris de Rosa. The track’s a bit more chilled-out than their usual, but this band’s got a lot of strengths, clearly, and it works just as well.
We can’t get enough of this shadowy TIO project, really. More please, mystery band!
Brave Shores have a penchant for amazing videos, with the hilarious “Never Come Down” ranking as one of our favourite videos we saw last year. Well, they’ve once again teamed up with Toronto comedy visionaries Tony Ho to direct their latest, and it’s a darker, more psychedelic trip that completely suits their fantastic new single “More Like You.” Taking place at a most unusual house party, costumed figures cavort, gamble, and generally bug out with the help of Google’s Deep Dream and some other trippy effects. Needless to say, we’re sold. Also, the song remains as killer as when it came out back in the spring. Love this dark direction for the duo!
Brave Shores’ debut EP from last year is still available from iTunes.
Toronto’s Robyn Phillips makes gloomy shoegaze as Vallens and we’ve long considered ourselves fans, especially of moody guitar-driven single “Dark Tunnel,” which she put out back in the early summer. Just last month, she released a video for the track (the first Vallens video ever!), and it’s a dark and mysterious trip. Directed by Adam Seward (who also shot great videos for ANAMAI and Rituals), it features a cloaked figure carrying a door through the wilderness, and beautiful colouration, especially in the deep purply closeups.
Vallens is playing Pop Montreal on September 16, and opening for A Place to Bury Strangers in Toronto on October 5. No word yet on a release, but I’m sure we’ll hear some news from the Hand Drawn Dracula artist soon.