Toronto’s Rolemodel have been on a crazy upward trajectory for the past few years. Now, with the addition of vowels to their name (R.I.P. RLMDL), the sky is the limit. The dream-pop project continue to impress with lush, complicated arrangements that you can tell have been obsessively worked over again and again until they are just right.
Oh, amazing, new music from Memorex! This minimalist post-punk electronic pop crew is one of our favourite bands in Toronto these days. You might recall, we loved their debut EP, even put it at #4 on our best-of-the-year list last December. “Taiwan Airliner” is their first single since then, and it’s a frantic, paranoid jam that reminds us of a darker, more high-strung Stereolab. We love it!
It’s not often that we hear about artists making electronic music north of the more major Ontario cities, so we’re super pleased to make the acquaintance of Racquel Hardy, aka Sages, who calls Orangeville home. She’s got a remarkable ear for experimental pop composition, and her latest single “Recollection” is a lullabye suitable for deep space travel, a good tune to put on when entering cryostasis. It features some very lovely vocals floating atop chiming synths, and the bass line bubbling underneath it all is absolutely killer. Reminds us a bit of Quinn Read-Baxter‘s earlier work, which is of course an excellent thing.
Check out Sages’ Soundcloud page for more ethereal dark pop gems. A very promising new talent!
Brave Shores really impressed us with “Never Come Down,” their super catchy debut single (with an awesome video!). Now, we feel the brother/sister duo has matured somewhat with the dreamy electro-pop of “More Like You.” The song is still catchy as hell, but in a much more sedate way, willing to explore interesting textures and inviting you to kick back and hang out for a while. Both songs are available on the band’s debut self-titled EP, released last year.
We’ve written before about JOOJ, the collaboration between film professor Adam Litovitz and Canadian arts-fixture Sook-Yin Lee, who just dropped a video for their track “Ghost of Love”. The clip is almost candidly shot, and features Lee, Litovitz and dancer Mairi Greig alone in a gym with strangers accompanied by the track’s nylon string guitar, minimal electronics and Lee’s crooning. Director Yuula Benivolski perfectly captures track’s themes of relationships and modern day detachment.
JOOJ’s self titled record will be out May 26 through Last Gang and a release party will take place at Double Double Land in Toronto on May 29th. We can’t wait! Until then, stream the video below: