We’re really excited about SlowPitchSound‘s “scifi-turntablism”! The Toronto-based artist uses a turntable as an instrument, looping and adding effects to create intricate instrumental compositions. (We also, naturally, love scifi references!) “LoFiSci” punctuates melancholy extended notes with clicks and taps, disembodied voices and something that could be a BopIt twist sound. The end result is haunting and quite a bit original.
Dream Safari is an aptly-named project. The Philadelphia-based musician creates fantastical journeys in a genre he calls “jungle pop”, replete with colourful synth sounds and full production. But instead of lions and zebras, this is the kind of safari that will show you the galaxy’s different alien species, before sending you home humming a catchy chorus melody. We know what we’re doing on our next vacation.
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.
We can always count on Man Made Hill to take us in musical directions we hardly thought possible. This time the Toronto experimental electronic musician/mad scientist leads us on a falsetto quasi-baroque journey about a mystical night visitor: the Angelchylde. It’s frenetic, cacophanous, and wonderful.
You can explore Man Made Hill’s mindbending back catalogue on Bandcamp.