PREMIERES

Video: Alexia Avina – If I’m the one that you need

Alexia Avina–one half of Montreal faves Best Fern–lulls you into a sense of contemplative harmony on her latest video. Shot in Germany and directed by Miriam Brellenthin, the saturated colours, wispy movements all welcome you into a dreamlike realm that we could honestly live in for all eternity. Adding to that sense of calm is the absolutely gorgeous track from Avina, testing the extent that we are able to take “dream-pop” as a literal term.

“If I’m the one that you need” is the first released track from her upcoming Surrender EP, an experimental/ambient split tape with Desert Bloom, out April 12 on Moon Boy Records. Those in Montreal simply must attend the release show that day, that is if you want to feel serenity in your life.

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Persons – Falling Like Niagara Falls

Hamilton’s PERSONS make some of the strangest but nevertheless infectious electronic pop you’re likely to find in Southern Ontario these days, and their debut self-titled cassette from last September is a must-hear for connoisseurs of unusual beats and treats. Today, we’re very excited to be premiering their video for one of the highlights of the album, “Falling Like Niagara Falls.”

Directed by Jackson Darby (also the band’s vocalist/beatmaker), the video takes us around the titular town in a psychedelic feast for the senses, whose weirdness matches the woozy, syrupy flow of the song. All in all, it’s a masterful display of low-budget techniques, surreally superimposing the band over different backgrounds. The results are dizzyingly engrossing, and at times, impossibly vast. Don’t fall over the falls!

PERSONS’s album is available PWYC from HAVN (Hamilton Audio Visual Node) Records Bandcamp.

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Nailbiter – Smeared

Nailbiter–the solo side-project of Josh Korody of Beliefs and Candle Recording–makes sludgy experimental electro with shades of industrial and a pinch of gothiness. Naturally, with qualifiers like that, this is the type of music that is exactly in our wheelhouse. “Smeared” is a short song with a sense of impending doom, and though the sounds are cacophonous, it is still melodious and beat-driven.

The song is the first single from Waveshaper, his third album under this name and first to be mastered with David Psutka (Egyptrixx) and Jeremy Greenspan. The album is out tomorrow (March 3rd) on Hand Drawn Dracula, with a release party that same day in Toronto at The Smiling Buddha.

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