Video: Hua Li – This Chaos

Posted on April 10th, by arp2600 in Video

Hua Li is some smooth R&B, best paired with the likes of Bizzarh or Akua. WIth acts like these, the electro R&B/neo-sould hip-hop revival in this country keeps getting better and more interesting!

Shot by Nick Bostick, who specializes in these kind of intimate (and incredibly hip seeming) live outdoor videos.


Pile of Best Albums: People Tanning – On The Internet

Posted on April 10th, by arp2600 in New Release, Pile of Best Albums

People Tanning

First off, People Tanning is the best bandname we’ve heard in a while. Second, their EP is weird. For instance, we’re sure there’s a reason that every song opens with birds or crickets chirping, but that idea comes from minds far more forward thinking than our own. People who write this kind of thing:

“An interesting thing about nature sounds is that people actually like them more than the music produced by a billion dollar industry. If you think about it, music is very subjective – usually people like some genres and dislike others and there is no music that everybody likes. However nature sounds get much wider appreciation – it is hard to find a person that does not like the sound of beach waves crashing against the shore.”

That actually makes total sense, but AFTER the nature noises you get an amazing and wonderful surreal/absurdist blend of sing-song funklectro. What more would you expect from some of the brains behind Toronto-based arts collective Tough Guy Mountain?


MP3: Cocobeurre – Waterfall

Posted on April 8th, by digits in MP3


It feels like a bazillion years since we last heard from Coco Khan aka Cocobeurre, but she’s been very busy while we’ve been asleep at the wheel. “Waterfall” feels like a much much more refined variation of the sound she was working on with “Is This How”, and leaves more overtly psychedelic textures aside in favour of True Ambient Pop. There’s a 7″ on the way in March, so keep your eyeballs scanning the horizon.


MP3: Drug Train – Your Home

Posted on April 7th, by Chuck in MP3, Video

Drug Train

Drug Train delivers the goods yet again with “Your Home”, a brand new single on the fabulous beko imprint. This captivating mid-tempo track sets gorgeously hushed multi-tracked vocals against layers of overdriven guitar, spare percussion, and moody synthesizer to stunning effect. Pick it up!

EDIT: The band has also released an awesome video for the track!


Video: Phèdre – Sunday Someday

Posted on April 4th, by farragoes in Video

The video for Sunday Someday, a standout track from Phèdre‘s excellent LP, Golden Age, is astonishing and wonderful and at the end pretty gross.  Daniel Lee has a little mustache, April Aliermo has feathers in her hair, and our much adored Ken Park makes a cameo in a ruffly tuxedo shirt. They even laugh cruelly at a child!  Truly there is something for everyone here.

Phèdre are going on a big old european tour beginning at the end of this month, and the illustrious Mr. Park will be joining them for some of the dates.  If you live, pretty much anywhere in that part of the world you should make it your business to check them out.


Remix: Exotic Club x Psychic Rites

Posted on April 3rd, by digits in Remix


Psychic Rites are a super gothy synthpop duo from Moscow, ID, which is just on the Washington border, and used to be called “Hog Heaven” but then “five men in the area met to choose a proper name for the town, but could not come to agreement. The postmaster Samuel Neff then completed the official papers for the town and selected the name Moscow. Interestingly, Neff was born in Moscow, Pennsylvania and later moved to Moscow, Iowa.” (Wikipedia)

Since we can’t stop reading that article, we’ve discovered that Moscow was the birthplace of Psychiana, a “media religion” which was once the US’s 8th most popular religion and world’s most popular mail order religion. Is there a connection between Psychiana and Psychic Rites?

Oh, the music. Well today we’ve got this INCREDIBLE remix by Portland’s Exotic Club that takes the slow and mega evil “Elohim” into uptempo arpeggiated glory. Memories of Nash the Slash! And this “Love Will Tear Us Apart” cover is too fun not to include.

Psychic Rites’ debut EP is still available for free here. We hope to hear more from them soon!!


Video: Tasseomancy – Reality

Posted on April 2nd, by digits in Video

We haven’t heard anything from Toronto experimental goth pop duo Tasseomancy since last October’s incredible “Braid. Wind is Coming”. Well, the wait has been worth it, because “Reality” might be the best thing they’ve ever done. It sounds like they’ve gone into Laurie Anderson mode, and are breaking down synthpop to its barest essentials. A monastic-chant of a track, it’s paired with the most incredible visuals (an early 20th century Bauhaus ballet), edited together by Sari Lightman (one of the Tasseo-sisters herself) and Neil Corcoran.

And apparently, biggest news of all, they’re releasing a new album out in the fall! We cannot wait.