We’ve been long-time, no, FOREVER admirers of Lund-based producer Johan Agebjörn, not least for his work as one-half of Sally Shapiro. As Canadian bloggers, we’ve only written about him once before, when Sally Shapiro collaborated with Toronto’s Electric Youth on the Somewhere Else now-classic track “Starman”. So today, we’re so pleased to hear him working with Montreal’s Young Galaxy on the latest single from his phenomenal solo record Notes.
An organ-based electronic waltz, it’s a deeply immersive track, meditative and warm, with Young Galaxy vocalist Catherine McCandless turning in a truly inspired performance. A perfect song for winter wandering and pondering. In fact, we really can’t recommend Agebjörn’s new album more highly for that. Notes is out February 10 on Paper Bag, and you should order your copy now.
At the close of 2014, Vancouver-based producer Wolfey released a stunning EP of soft focus dance tracks entitled Habit on A.S.L. Singles Club. Beautifully laced with tape hiss and dreamy ambiance, Habit’s finest tracks explore jazzy, deep house idioms (It’s Not the Name”) and the more ethereal and melancholic dimensions of electronic music (“Time Constraints”, “Bittersweet”). Stream the remarkable EP closer “Bittersweet” and head over to bandcamp to pick up this fine release!
Marie Davidson is one of the singularly most talented people making music in Canada today. Whether it’s with Essaie Pas, DKMD, or her own solo project, a new release from the Montreal synth maestro will stop our presses every time.
This is underground synth-pop at its absolute finest: spoken word over an italo disco beat, throbbing in hypnotic repetition, and while we loved Perte D’Identité, Marie’s sombre release from last year, we’re glad to see her once again embracing the uptempo.
“Balade Aux USA” is the first single from Un Autre Voyage, a new full-length due out on April 14th on Holodeck Records. The video takes a Tron/Homer-3D direction, and is directed by Kaspar’89.
Parallel Pyres is well known to us as Joshua Frank, one half of Hot & Cold, whose 2012 album Border Area continues to remain ever-magnificent in our eyes. We’re extremely happy to hear new work from the currently-Beijing-based Frank brother, in the form of Horse Year, a new live EP recorded live in August of last year and released on Bandcamp a couple of weeks ago.
It’s a captivating collection of hypnotic, grooving synth-heavy tracks that skew a bit more pyschedelic than Hot & Cold’s post-punk. Definitely an essential listen, and it’s a free download on Bandcamp.
We’ve been anticipating James Irwin‘s second album ever since we discovered the Montreal artist back in July. “Everything Passed Me By” and “Face Value” impressed us with their smooth, relaxed melodies and subtle electro hints, so it’s great to learn that there’s another excellent laid-back pop single to complete the trio.
Introducing “Sahra,” a beautifully produced break-up song, and the premiere of a video to match. It was directed by Hannah Fleet and features Irwin swaying as black and white projections of people wash over him. At one point, he plays a banana as an instrument, and you don’t want to miss that!
Speaking of things you don’t want to miss, Irwin has some upcoming shows that you should know about: in Montreal at Bar le Ritz PDB tomorrow (Thursday) and in Toronto at Wavelength‘s pop-up venue on Friday.
You can stream Unreal on Soundcloud.