The clattering beat and ghostly synths of “Smile” make for an ominous re-introduction to Toronto/France duo Giselle and Aimée, aka GAIIA. And the new single arrives with a terrific video! Directed by Katrina Singleton, it features two women preparing for a photo shoot, and things seem alright at first, but when the song turns dark, things quickly get weird. Blinding flashes attack them and their expressions go through various contortions of discomfort, pain, and frustration, but by the shoot’s end it seems as though they’ve passed through the darkness. We’re not sure where they’re headed next, but this song is ridiculously good and we can’t wait to hear what GAIIA have in store for us next time.
“Smile” is available now from Bandcamp.
Mix: Best of June 2015
1. The Galleria – Calling Card
2. Maarten Bayliss – Controlled
3. Bad Channels – Sad Channels
4. Syzzors – Leeches
5. Brendan Philip – For You
6. Men I Trust – Break for Lovers feat. Helena
7. West Nile – #1FNDR
8. Above Top Secret – Ghost
9. Foxtrott – Driven
10. Ghostly Kisses – One
11. Gaiia – Suenara
12. Un Blonde – Something Else
13. JOOJ – Jessica
14. Tasseomancy – Black Milk Instrumental
15. Hush Pup – Hisyo’s Jungle
16. Dove – Set Us Free
17. Robert Loveless and the Loveland Band – Go Beyond
All we know about this Canadian/French duo is that they released a pair of stellar singles in the past week. But we don’t need to know any more: we’re already obsessed. “Suenara” swells and shrinks around a steady 4/4 pulse, with alto vocals and a hazy, suave quality in the production. It switches between sections perfect for disjointed dancing or haunted wandering, managing to be both catchy and darkly mysterious.
Gaiia‘s second single, “W.A.V.E.”, is already on their Soundcloud. And make sure to keep an eye on that page to see what they do next! We sense some big things brewing.