Lie down in the grass and listen to this summery treat from Edmonton bedroomer Tropic Harbour. The project could be a spiritually sonic cousin of Toronto’s Most People with their jangly guitar hooks and soft vocal melodies. It’s sweet and soothing and perfect for the the relaxing fun that is coming our way over the next few months. “Glowing Eyes” is the first single from his debut LP due out later this year.
The music of Princess Century–especially her most recent instrumental work–lends itself to the cinematically weird, and that’s exactly what we get in her latest. The video for “Metro” could go toe-for-toe with some of the quirkiest and best videos from the 90’s (think Spike Jonze or Gondry’s early work), and perfectly suits the inherent weirdness at the heart of the Toronto-now-Europe-based producer.
“Metro” is the closing track on last year’s phenomenal Progress LP, which is definitely worth a listen if for some reason you’ve waited this long to do so.
You might know Adam Seward as a member of the band Rituals, but we’d like to introduce you to his new solo project, Weight. The name is deceptively dissimilar to the sound of his first single, which moves lightly and effortlessly along with the help of a smooth bassline and breezy tempo. He delivers lyrics about disappointment and an underwhelming relationship with an understated falsetto, drawing us in to what is sure to be an interesting musical project. The first EP is scheduled to come out and charm you this fall.
We’ve long been impressed by the consistently cool and original tunes penned by Toronto experimental electronic pop duo Ice Cream. They’d really taken things to another level this year with the menacing, atonal “Veronica” and the hypnotic no wave of “Receiver”. They’ve paired all the new jams with old now-classic favourites such as “Science” on their debut album Love, Ice Cream and the result is one of the most envelope-pushing, yet catchy, post-punk albums in recent memory.
Somehow within the noisy and often cacophonous arrangements, Carlyn Bezic and Amanda Crist always manage to find a way to include some confoundingly catchy melodies, whether on vocals or on synths. Every song explores a different dimension of their sound, and it’s endlessly interesting. One of the finest albums of the year, and worthy of the classics!
Love, Ice Cream is available now from Bad Actors.
Bile Sister is a master at creating visually dense, warped and weird videos to reflect the Toronto-based project’s experimental approach to pop music. This new offering sends Julie Reich and David Jones to the beach, but they quickly get swallowed up by a glittery pink and baby blue space that looks like it could be an underwater prom set. (It’s actually an installation in Warkworth, ON, by Diana Lynn VanderMeulen.) The synth hook undulates back and forth as the visuals shift until the pair emerges, glitter on their cheeks and sun in the sky. It’s a journey we wouldn’t mind taking ourselves!