Video: Peaches – Free Drink Ticket

“Free Drink Ticket” is the latest offering from Peaches phenomenal Rub released last year and on constant repeat in our offices ever since. The video, which offers a surreal, purple infused take on Eyes Wide Shut, with Peaches herself as an worshiped idol, along with a person in giant pig/boar costume acting as either a foil, lover, counterpart–we can’t really tell.

The video is–as many things Peaches are–NSFW, but in the eeriest sense, which goes very well with the slow, drippiness of “Free Drink Ticket,” an austere and chilling foray in the darker corners of Peaches mind.

Rub is out there, and available wherever records are sold. Recommended listening, if you haven’t heard it already.

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We didn’t know about Vancouver experimental pop artist Savana Salloum aka Plazas until this week, and boy have we been missing out. Her debut EP Internal may have escaped us in 2015, but now that our ears have feasted upon new single “Silent Empires”, rest assured that oversight will never be repeated.

From a forthcoming EP called Empathy, “Silent Empires” is an ambitious, original production in a style that we’d like to call “wall-of-synths”. Overtop it all, we’ve got Salloum’s beautiful voice carrying a great, slightly-melancholy melody. An extremely promising new artist! We’ll be watching for that EP, out this March on NBD.

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Bronswick hit the ground running with their debut EP Errances last summer, but really, that just set the stage for what’s coming. The Montreal duo, composed of Catherine Coutu and Bertrand Pouyet, are releasing their Chassés-Croisés EP this Friday, and it’s even more sumptuous and smooth than their first record. Lead single “Comme La Mer” is excellent soft, dark French electronic pop that makes us groove while tugging on the heartstrings, just a little bit.

Chassés-Croisés is out February 12 on Lisbon Lux Records. If you’re in Montreal, be sure to check out their release party with the also-magnificent Paupière on February 26.

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Synthpop duo Retrofile first won our hearts with the upbeat, thoughtful “Sleep On It”, and this week we’re thoroughly enjoying the latest single from Edmonton‘s Martino twins. “Expectations” is a tightly composed pop gem, short and sweet, featuring some killer synth-and-guitar work and an absolutely soaring earworm chorus. With songs this catchy, they’ll be winning hearts round the world in no time. Can’t wait to hear what these two do next!

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OVER are a brand-new Toronto duo composed of Dan Workman and Brett Paulin, and we’re seriously enjoying their dark and hypnotic electro-shoegaze single “Gone are the Days.” It’s a slow, psychedelic track with cascading vocal harmonies and hazy synth washes, that makes us feel like we’re floating through the air. Perhaps best suited for gravity-free situations, it arrives with a dark, evocative video directed by Irene Cortes and Josh Reichmann.

“Gone are the Days” is available now as a 7″ from OVER’s Bandcamp.

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