Avant Kool has been making some waves in Toronto for his Depeche Mode-indebted electro goth for a little over a year now. The weirdo pop project is on full display in “Efficient Composition,” with reverbed out and distant vocals, and a slow build to an eventually massive arpeggiated bassline and a completely out there synth-solo.
Avant Kool is often releasing snippets like these on his Soundcloud, and is turning into one of Toronto’s more prolific artists. It’s worthwhile listen to the other pieces and following the project’s development. No word on an official release as of yet, but there’s at least an album’s worth of material out there.
Don’t take Happymovie‘s name literally when it comes to their first music video. The clip, directed by Joseph Galeb, is instead gritty and a little bit ominous as the pair of musicians ride down a deserted road and wander the streets of Montreal. They get up to some fun things while they’re at it–eating freezies at the depanneur, relaxing in a sauna–but they’re straight-faced. Until they turn into silhouettes made out of stars toward the end, that is.
If you missed it (like us), check out the EP they released back in April.
We officially have a new favourite pump-up song at the Silent Shout office. Need to get excited for your day? Listen to Bossie! This third single is every bit as big and sweet as the cotton candy the art reminds us of, and it will even leave you with energy instead of a sugar crash. We stand by our previous statement that Anne Douris’ project could be a pop sensation.
We’ve found ourselves to be consistent fans of the work of Charles Valois, but we haven’t heard much from the wonderfully melodramatic pop songwriter since 2013. So we’re very excited to learn that he’s relocated to Ottawa and has been working on a follow up to his 2012 debut album Girls, and has assembled a band and taken a more collaborative approach, even renaming the project to Valois. His second record Love Dies But You Won’t is a lovely short album that delves even further into electronic music, and as you’d expect, we’re down with that. Standout single “Ça Sera” is a heartfelt weird synthpop number that’s super-catchy. Every section is very hooky and you’ll probably humming this one all day. Our favourite song from this talented songwriter yet!
You can listen to or buy Love Dies But You Won’t from Valois on Bandcamp.
We’ve always been a fan of Kelly McMichael, especially her work as Rouge, so it’s very exciting to see her launching a new project this week, and a straight-up synthpop one at that! We’re very happy to meet RENDERS, and first single “I Am Gone” is a huge but crisp pop ballad with a monstrous synth bass. We need more!