Album Premiere: Loveland – Chill For You

Loveland: land of the love, land of the chill. Halifax singer-songwriter Robert Loveless’ five-piece band once again proves to be a reliable and exciting groove-making machine, with each song off of their newest album being a testament to their strengths as a band.

Loveless is still the Prince to his band’s Revolution, but it’s their collective neo-retro charm that makes Chill For You superb. Clearly these people have mastered the art of the slow-jam: third song “Lonely Life,” a duet that features vocals from keyboardist Rindy McDonald, deserves a nod for being such an endearing mix of ’80s nostalgia and twee pop. But opener “925 5212” is the best of the bunch, with its smooth electro-funk production and awesome falsetto hook. Indie-pop gold.

The band will be touring in support of this new release; check out the dates on their website.

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Mysterious Montreal electro-R&B duo Inch’Allah start 2017 strong with a stunning single, the darkly minimal “Now”. Singer JP Charlebois whisper-sings over Yung Persian’s ice-cold production, a dark shuffling beat punctuated by reverbed-out synth stabs. A winning combination from an exciting new project – and it seems like there will be a full EP from the two soon. We’ll be watching for it!

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Lydia Ainsworth – Afterglow

Last month, Lydia Ainsworth made some serious waves with an enchantingly vibrant video for “The Road,” the first single from her upcoming LP, Darling of the Afterglow. Lydia’s latest offering, “Afterglow,” leads us even deeper into the land of the mystical — a hauntingly simplistic music video (once again directed by her sister Abby) places Lydia front and centre as she pilots an organism of faceless dancers through the track’s steady churning. The depth and spatial definition of “Afterglow” readily places Lydia within the ranks of FKA Twigs and Fever Ray, and we can’t wait to hear what other strange magic the new record will bring.

Darling of the Afterglow is out March 31st on Arbutus and Bella Union.

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