Montreal’s Holy Data continue their synth-pop fuelled journey through the depths of present-day dysphoria with “Ether,” the sixth track off of their self-titled LP. At first, “Ether” consumes us with the subtlety and softness of a hazy daydream. Moments before the trance-like intro can take full effect, synths burgeon and burst through the gentle soundscape, ushering in a reinvigorated melody. Vivid psych-pop warps the track until it culminates in a kaleidoscopic cluster of synths, guitar, and a contagious chorus. As a result, the blissful frenzy at the crux of “Ether’s” charm is unleashed.
“Ether” is available now along with the rest of Holy Data’s self-titled LP via Bandcamp.
L CON‘s magnificent 2016 record Moon Milk hasn’t lost one iota of its avant-charm since last fall, and we’re seriously enjoying this 2017 run of videos for its finest singles. Last month we shared the stop-motion muppetry of “How Much Shall We Bet?” and now we’ve got quite the visual accompaniment for “Form of Space”. It’s cool to discover that the song is based on a story from Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics, and Victoria Long has directed a loose interpretation of it, bookended by an astronaut’s discovery of a mysterious videotape. Featuring brilliant costumes and visual effects, and lots of excellent, unusual chroeography in a massive warehouse, it’s a terribly impressive video, and a more-than-worthy accompiment to one of favourite songs in recent years. Keep ’em coming, L CON!
Moon Milk is available now on vinyl and digitally from Bandcamp via Wildlife Sanctuary Sound Recordings.
Self-identified “queer alien DJ” AWWFUL have already established themselves as a pop music authority in the Montreal music scene through a number of highly lauded DJ nights, including the monthly Glitter Bomb at Bar Le Ritz. Their debut single “BB” only drives that point home, serving up a healthy dose of bubbly synthpop sheen that feels both future-forward yet reminiscent of our favourite early-2000s pop bangers. The track’s mid-tempo stomp leaves plenty of headroom for its armada of sparkly arpeggios to cut through, keeping things irresistibly danceable from start to finish. We’ll definitely be wearing out the replay button on this one.
“BB” is available for free download on Bandcamp, and you can catch AWWFUL’s debut performance on June 22 at Party d’ouverture du CV Plateau X Spilt Milk with another Silent Shout fave, Radiant Baby.