Sexy Merlin 4ever! This is one that will be familiar to anyone who has had the good fortune to catch Mr Merlin in person as its a long time staple of his always remarkable live sets. It delivers exactly what we’ve all grown to expect from this project, heavy rhythm, hypnotic vocals and intense realness. God bless the good ship Sexy Merlin. Long may it sail upon a clear and open sea.
It’s fitting that two of Montreal’s best musicians right now – Ramzi and Bataille Solaire – took on a mythological name for their joint project. Apparently they released an EP as Baal Astarté at the end of 2012, but they’ve since returned with this little gem. Besides having the best title possible, the groove of its beat and use of spoken samples has us hypnotized.
Jef Barbara remains one of the country’s most fascinating pop artists, and his train of videos keeps rolling. “Erection” isn’t tongue-in-cheek, it’s full-on raunchy fun, and this new video directed by Minelly Kamemura alternates between trippy JB poses and stock footage erectile in nature. Premiered on Brooklyn Vegan!
“Erection” is a highlight from Jef’s amazing 2013 album Soft to the Touch, available from iTunes.
Guelph-based outfit WHOOP-Szo has produced a stunning collaborative album with Inuit Youth entitled Qallunaat/Odemin. Recorded in the Northern Village of Salluit, Quebec, the music blends palpable intimacy with experimental rigour, resulting in a dynamic mix of psych, folk, noise-pop, and haunting atmospherics. Grab a digital or analog copy of this record via Out of Sound Records.
In addition to putting out stellar screen-printed records and tapes, Out of Sound also administers a series of estimable community outreach initiatives for Aboriginal and Inuit youth, which you can learn about here.
“Crazy for Baby”, their latest music video, is from their amazing debut album entitled NO DOGS AT SHOWS, a PWYC download which we implore you to check out. Coach Longlegs is currently on tour, with imminent dates in Toronto (Fri, Feb 21) and Montreal (Sat, Feb 22). Don’t squander the opportunity to catch them live if you’re around.
In this video directed by “OzO Vision,” we learn the origin story of the Zoo Owl: he was granted mystical powers and magical eyewear by a forest seer. Therefore all his brilliant music is a result of supernatural performance enhancement. The video is beautifully shot and definitely one of our favourites we’ve seen this year. Premiered by Exclaim.