Video Premiere: YlangYlang – How Thin is the Skin of the Soul

If you haven’t yet fallen in love with YlangYlang and her extensive output of beautiful, inventive experimental sounds, now’s the time. The Montreal artist’s new video is made of brightly coloured digital shapes floating over grainy images of leaves, everyman home decor and an occasionally splashing fishbowl.

The song is one of her best yet: a meditation of how we’re shaped by everyone we meet set to calming loop, a baseline heartbeat, unexpected percussive bursts and brief descents from bubbling synths. She sings calmly, softly, confidently as she draws you into her inner world. Close your eyes, settle in: you might just learn something about yourself with this as your soundtrack.

It’s the final song from the consistently fantastic Life Without Structure, a thoughtful and introspective take on new age pop that you can find on Bandcamp.

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Johnny Couteau – Repeat Function

Montreal underground electronic pop legend Johnny Couteau first arrived on the scene with a magisterial, enveloping, world-creating debut album, From the Infamous Mind of a Psychoactive Runner, one of our favourite albums of 2014. Early last year, we had the first indication of his next work, the music video for “Is My Baby Love Real or Just a Hologram?” His new cassette Repeat Function is an equally ambitious, sprawling work of dark paranoid post-punk of the highest imaginative order. It’ll take some time to explore every corner of this one, but Couteau’s knack for catchy, rule-defying, post-apocalyptic electronic pop will always win us over. Incredible work.

Repeat Function is available now from Bandcamp.

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We love it when bands already accomplished and beloved in other areas come into our corner and add some electronics! Today’s synthy transformation comes courtesy of Toronto‘s Bernice, who has released this glossy single as her first offering as part of Arts & Crafts.

It has beautifully delivered vocals that are relaxed in the verses and bouncy in the chorus, underscored by frothing drum beats, dancing warbles and a whole lot of heart. It’s about the personal connection between generations of women in her family, but we think the song’s appeal is downright universal.

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Toronto‘s Petra Glynt just put out a raw and angry new single, which is about where we’re at these days. Here’s her statement:

“Dear world in flames,

I write to you to share this song as an offering after the events of the American presidential election. I have been hoarding it for some time. It never sounded quite right, but it’s been given new life. I humbly present it to you with love.”

And, because life goes on, Petra’s playing in Toronto next Thursday, with Zones and WHOOP-Szo.

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Winnipeg‘s Dave Shaw has long been one of the best at creating artful, mournful bedroom pop. He recently announced the end of his Glass Random project with a soaring seven-minute goodbye epic, but don’t worry–he’s already prolifically making music as Orlando Gloom. (And we still can’t get over how perfect a name that is!)

“Only Tell Yourself” is about suitably downtrodden subjects: disengagement with present happiness, death, and the emptiness after. It’s all wrapped up in winsome synth countermelodies, and an undeniable amount of charm. If only being sad felt as good as this sounds.

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