Just when we think we’re catching up with New York-via-Montreal underground pop wiz Zoë Kiefl, she’s still keeping two steps ahead of us. It turns out her stellar debut album Young Mom was only Chapter One in what’s shaping up to be a busy 2015. It’s our profound pleasure to premiere the first singles from a brand new project of hers, a transatlantic collaboration with Venice’s Nicola Donà (aka Horrible Present) called Dizzyride. Here’s their first release, a two-track EP entitled Ocean Age:
The two songs reveal quite different aspects of the duo’s music, but both seem to inhabit an ideal amalgam of indie pop, minimal Italo, and psychedelic rock. “Sneaking Kisses” is a lighthearted mid-tempo electropop track, with gently rolling drum machines and warmly blipping synths throughout, but a certain heaviness still seems to pervade, especially in the shoegazey chorus. “Sweet Thing” is darker, slower, and decidedly more melancholic, featuring Nicola’s sinister whisper and organs bathed in beautiful delay. Remarkably, both recordings are the result of a live jam captured by Gary Olson of the Ladybug Transistor. Now we want to hear any b-sides that might have resulted too!
We highly recommend you grab Ocean Age from Bandcamp, and follow everything Dizzyride does in the future.
It seems that 2015 will be another year of stellar output for experimental superstar YlangYlang. The project released at least five solo records last year — including the amazing am i being overdramatic?, #23 on our top albums of the year — and seems poised to have a string of similar output for the foreseeable future.
“Like the end of the world,” a beautiful ambient piece in three parts, takes the repetition of a few simple musical phrases and underscores them with carefully slotted synth strings and dronier elements. Meanwhile, the Guillaume Vallée directed video of analog manipulations creates a trippy purple haze out of an American national parks video from the 50’s.
The song comes from the Gradients EP, co-released by Revolving Door Records and Jeunesse Cosmique, surely the first of many releases to come from YlangYlang this year.
Ever since the now-classic “Baby Blu,” we at Silent Shout have considered ourselves unabashed fans of Toronto expat-in-Berlin Emma Czerny, aka Magic Island. Next week marks the release of her second EP Wasted Dawn, but we’re getting to offer a preview a week early.
It’s a remarkable step up from her first release Intoxicated Sunset, which remains an EP of very charming bedroom pop gems. But Wasted Dawn goes deeper, gets lost in melancholy synth washes and big empty spaces. It’s still playful at times, and doesn’t lose the spirit of her earlier work, but Wasted Dawn plays as a more minimal, deliberate record and feels like a natural next step. Highly recommended listening!
Wasted Dawn is out February 2nd on Mansions and Millions. Watch out for it.