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.
75. Electric Youth – The Best Thing
73. Grapes Godly – No Storm
62. Sally Dige – Doppleganger
61. Chairs – Indestructible Machine
57. Desire – Tears From Heaven
Here’s some amazing new music from Montreal’s Ian Jarvis, aka Chairs. Ian also plays as a member of indie bossa kings EXPWY, but his second solo album sees him strike out in a number of different directions. Our favourite moments are, naturally, the most electronic, when Chairs sounds like a more raw Grizzly Bear making experimental synth-pop, as on album opener “Indestructible Machine.” But the quieter and folkier moments of the record are equally strong, and sometimes remind of Timber Timbre, like on “Three in the Morning” and “Heart”.
A terrific album from a very exciting new artist. Stream all of The Droning of an Insect Wing on Bandcamp.