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Posted on October 30th, by digits in MP3


Antoine93 has thoroughly entertained us over the years with his alternate-universe pop sound, and his latest single “Me and the Sound” probably would be his first #1 hit in that universe. His first release since the amazing “Extra Strong” video, it’s a slickly produced dance track with a monstrous vocal hook and a deep deep groover. But despite it’s crossover potential, the song still has enough weirdness to keep things fascinating, especially with that wobbly bass and those sequenced pinging synths.

But wait, there’s more! None other than Montreal underground pop superstars Blue Hawaii have remixed the song, taking it to darker, more submerged ocean depths. Both tracks were produced under Berlin Community Radio’s Welcome to Berlin program, of which our bloggy brethren No Fear of Pop are a part.

Both the original and the remix available for free download from Bandcamp, so go grab them! And be sure to check out Antoine93’s Maybe Unlock My Heart, released last year, but still amazing.

Posted on January 28th, by elena in New Release


Blue Hawaii‘s Untogether was undeniably one of the best albums of 2013. But if you’ve ever seen the duo live, you know that they can twist their sweet and atmospheric songs into a beat-heavy dance party. Now you can finally capture some of that energy in your everyday life!

In this mixtape of edits, the bass is turned up, the tempos are faster, and Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s unique and powerful voice is mixed into haunting new harmonies. It’s kind of like seeing some dear old friends who have gotten cooler and more confident in the years since you’ve seen each other.¬†There’s some new acquaintances too, like the sexually yearning “All of My Heart” and a fairly faithful cover of Kyle Hall’s “Ghosten” with vocals added on top.

Get over to Soundcloud and download a copy for yourself!

Posted on November 4th, by arp2600 in MP3

Blue Hawaii

The first new Blue Hawaii since the release of Untogether is definitely something to get excited about! Recorded earlier this year, the band found themselves becoming more and more dance oriented, so made two versions of the same song, “Get Happy” in their older softer style and “Get Happier” as the banger one has learned to expect from their live shows. The difference between live and recorded Blue Hawaii is always striking, and it’s interesting to see them reconcile that in their latest output.

Posted on September 19th, by digits in Lists

shadowpolarisSo the Polaris Prize winner announcement is rapidly approaching (September) and we have OPINIONS! Last year, we selected Chevalier Avant Garde’s Heterotopias as our Shadow Polaris pick. This year, the Silent Shout staff has expanded, so we’ve got even more thoughts about who is most deserving. And although the artists that have made the Polaris shortlist are unquestionably talented and put out some very fine work, almost none of them appear on any of our lists. Call us contrary. Without further ado, here are our staff picks for best Canadian album of the Polaris year (May 2012-June 2013):

ARP 2600:

1. Drug Train – Drug Train
2. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
3. Renny Wilson – Sugarglider
4. Femminielli – Double Invitation
5. Princess Century – Lossless


1- Sing Leaf – Watery Moon
2- Dirty Beaches – Drifters/Love Is the Devil
3- Renny Wilson – Sugarglider
4- Blue Hawaii – Untogether
5- Purity Ring – Shrines


1. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
2. Femminielli – Double Invitation
3. Renny Wilson – Sugarglider
4. Hot & Cold – Border Area
5. Galaxius Mons – Galaxius Mons


1. Blue Hawaii – Untogether
2. Karneef – In Error
3. Sean Nicholas Savage – Other Life
4. Ghibli – Clubs
5. Galaxius Mons – Galaxius Mons


1. Rakam – Stranger Things Before
2. Paula – Relaxed Fit
3. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
4. Princess Century – Lossless
5. Femminielli – Double Invitation

Our individual opinions tallied into a collective judgement:


3. Femminielli – Double Invitation


2. Renny Wilson – Sugarglider


1. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator

So Majical Cloudz takes the prize this year for the incredible Impersonator, and the Shadow Polaris scepter remains in Montreal. But please take the time to check all the remarkable works we’ve listed today. Rankings are fun, but these are all spectacular albums that deserve your attention.

Posted on June 13th, by elena in Video

Blue Hawaii released one of the best albums of the year so far, and we are super excited and proud to see them taking over the world! Watch them work their magic on Last Call with Carson Daly.

Posted on June 11th, by digits in Video

Posted on June 7th, by digits in Pile of Best Albums

ABT033_webSean Nicholas Savage – More Than I Love Myself
Sean Nicholas Savage – It’s Real

At some point in 2012, Sean Nicholas Savage decided to cross the Atlantic to Berlin in pursuit of another life. Long-known for releasing multiple albums in a single year (without suffering from a dilution of quality), the prolific artist was strangely silent, busy consolidating his efforts into a single statement.

But it would be wrong to call Other Life polished in any way. Despite the sheen given by Arbutus teammate Agor (of Blue Hawaii)’s mixing, it retains the rough-around-the-edges charm of every other Savage release. Other Life sees Sean delving even deeper into kitschy soft-pop textures, but despite the deceptive-upon-first-glance exterior the songs remains as powerful and poignant as ever. It’s tough to pick a highlight from this record by one of the country’s master songwriters. Perhaps the title track, which just had a brilliant Angus Borsos-directed video released for it this week? A couple of tracks here are repeats frm 2011’s brilliant Flamingo, but “Chin Chin” and “You Changed Me” definitely deserve to be heard by a wider audience. Long-recognized by his peers, Other Life is fianlly seeing Sean get some of the recognition he’s always deserved. Available now on CD and vinyl from Arbutus.

Posted on April 29th, by digits in MP3

Braids have embraced the darkness! A lovely single from the Montreal band who basically now sound like a dead ringer for Raphaelle’s other project Blue Hawaii. But that’s a good thing, wethinks. Braids are releasing this track as part of a 12″ on Arbutus.

Posted on March 19th, by digits in Remix

Wild Arms – Twice (Blue Hawaii Agoracid Remix)

Blue Hawaii with a nice and deep remix of Brooklyn’s Wild Arms. Premiered on Dummy.

Posted on March 8th, by arp2600 in Pile of Best Albums

Blue Hawaii – In Two

OF COURSE we love this. Two amazing records from Arbutus in a month? They’re fucking KILLING it. Much has been written about Blue Hawaii over the past few months, so we won’t add to the chorus (blah blah Braids, blah blah, an actual couple). What we will say is that their debut album is amazing, and completely in keeping with what we expected from them. It’s the perfect futuristic Sunday morning hangover record.