Lydia Ainsworth – Darling of the Afterglow

We’ve had Lydia Ainsworth’s second full-length on heavy rotation since it came out on March 31st, and for good reason! From start to finish, the record sees Lydia breaking apart pop motifs and reconfiguring them in delightfully weird ways, exploring a wide range of sonic palettes but always tying everything back together with her signature vocal layering. Every tone on this album feels staunchly deliberate, and with so many elements to dive into, repeat listens find us discovering something new every time. Darling of the Afterglow strikes a perfect balance between busier tracks — like your future summer anthem “What Is It?” — with delicately sparse compositions the likes of “Afterglow” and a devastatingly beautiful cover of “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak. We already want more!

Darling of the Afterglow is available now on vinyl and digitally from Arbutus Records and Lydia’s Bandcamp. She’s currently on tour, with performances in Toronto and Montreal next week. Details on her Bandcamp page.

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Radiant Baby – Save Me From Myself

Montreal’s Felix Gauthier Mongeon aka Radiant Baby makes playful, romantic electro-pop that’s fresh and clever, and we’ve adored his music for some time. And his music videos have a tendency to be striking, like last year’s “You Can Dance”, which was one of our favourite videos of 2016. “Save My From Myself” might be an old classic (it was our first introduction to the project), but it feels fully revamped today, and we’re excited to revisit it with this delightfully simple (and naturally, colourful) new video directed by Laurence Philomène.

Radiant Baby’s new EP It’s My Party is out May 5, and we are very much looking forward to it. “Save Me From Myself” is available now from Bandcamp, and he’s on tour in Ontario and Québec in April and May. And if you’re in Toronto, he’s also playing the Lisbon Lux/Ride the Tempo showcase, featuring a bill chock full of Silent Shout faves, at the Great Hall this Thursday.

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SlowPitchSound – THK SKN

We’ve long been fans of Toronto‘s Cheldon Paterson aka SlowPitchSound, celebrated sci-fi turntablist and outer solar system sonic explorer. Over the years he’s certainly shown us many wonders, but on his fifth full-length album THK SKN, he takes us on a voyage through realms uncharted.

A score for an imaginary film, THK SKN is full of subtly crafted soundscapes that create a mood rather than jump out at you, flipping nonchalantly from idea to idea with ease, and never neglecting the flow. It even includes one absolutely transcendent pop/R&B single, appearing in the middle of side one and featuring an incredible vocal turn by Shikha Sehgal. But to discover every nook and cranny of this record, you’ll need to listen many times. THK SKN is an imaginary film well worth returning to, over and over.

THK SKN is available now from Bandcamp.

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