Tag: Brusque Twins
2012 has been the strongest year in memory for Canadian electronic pop. Established artists started new electronic projects, amazing new talents appeared seemingly out of nowhere, and one of our shining stars became a superstar recognized the world over. Canada is clearly at the epicenter of the zeitgeist – it’s a testament to the unbelievable talent in this country that we have 100 songs to present to you as the best of the year, and STILL had to exclude so many excellent tracks.
Montreal and Toronto may still have the most representatives of any Canadian city, but dark electro is thriving everywhere, from Halifax to Calgary, Ottawa to Vancouver, and exciting new hotbeds appearing in London, Ontario, and Grande Prairie, Alberta. We’re not too exclusively nationalist here at Silent Shout, so border states (minus NYC) appear too, with artists from Minneapolis, Seattle, and Brattleboro, Vermont making our list.
A huge thank you to all our readers, the folks who attend our events, and the bands that make brilliant music across this land for making 2012 an unforgettable year for us. Here’s to an even bigger 2013 for Canadian electronic music.
25. Holy Family – My Kayfabe Babe
Tracklist: all tracks link to a review and a download of the individual MP3s.
1. Devan Boomen – Children’s Names
2. Greggy Clypse – Duh Duh Duh
3. Hermetic – Portlandish (Jay Arner Remix)
4. Moon King – Only Child
5. The Natural Shocks – Change
6. New Hands – Tulips
7. The Luyas – Fifty Fifty
8. Shadow Folk – Heaven’s Gate
9. New Zebra Kid – Go The Extra Mile
10. Brusque Twins – Wait For Me (Dark Ages Remix)
11. Kontravoid – Silent Visions
12. boyBITCH – Down Town
13. Yacht Club – Flash (Single Edit)
14. Bon Iver – Beth / Rest (Work Drugs Remix)
15. Ladyfrnd – Sunday
16. Jay Arner – Black Horse
17. Charles Valois – Beautiful But Troubled Girls
18. Elrichman – The Shah and I
Brusque Twins – Speaking In Colour
Brusque Twins – Stone Communication
Visage Musique had quite a year last year, but this year is shaping up to be an even bigger one. The already-awesome Brusque Twins have further refined their sound on their new EP A Voice in the Night, and are doing the same minimal dark pop we’re used to from them, but even better. “Speaking in Colour” is probably the best track we’ve heard from them, a savage arpeggiated bass synth juxtaposed against Hollie Hensman’s atmospheric vocals floating through the mix. The EP also includes the previously posted “Wait for Me,” “What Else is there to Say?” from last year’s Visage compilation, and “Stone Communication,” one of our favourite songs of last year. It all adds up to an incredible EP which hopefully sets the stage for an amazing Visage line-up in 2012.
41. The Hood Internet – Kaputting It Up (Raekwon vs Destroyer)
35. Sally Dige – Immaculate Deception – website
Gold Zebra – Back In The Dust
Montreal minimal electronic pop standard-bearers Visage Musique have released their first compilation, including many unreleased tracks from their impressive roster of artists. Gold Zebra offers up a remixed version of “Back in the Dust,” one of our favourite songs of last year, and it’s sounding fuller and even better than before. Brusque Twins‘ “What Else Is There To Say?” is another obvious highlight, along with “Stone Communcation,” an immaculately produced minimal piece featuring an especially haunting delayed fake flute refrain. We covered that track a month back.
Tony Cops brings a couple of great driving instrumentals to the compilation, the virtuosic Femminielli gives us a breathy narrative over the 10-minute “Hotel Suite” and Police des Moeurs contribute two badass French minimal synthpop tracks. The best track on the release, and an absolute must-hear, is Gold Zebra‘s masterful “Love, French, Better” which we wrote about back in July.
They’re out of free Bandcamp downloads, but they’ve made it available for free download on this other site. A limited run of 100 CDs is also available for purchase, you can contact them through their page.