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
And so begins our year-end countdown. 2012 really kicked things up a notch, didn’t it? Here are our best music videos of the year:
20. Desire – Tears From Heaven
Directed by Alberto Rossini
19. Renny Wilson – Could’ve It Been Me?
Directed by Mike Robertson
18. Chevalier Avant Garde – Young
Directed by Mitchell Stafiej
17. Karneef – Bring You Back
Directed by Thom Gillies
16. Panda Teeth – Arms & Hands
Directed by Angus Borsos
15. Moon King – Only Child
Directed by Craig Orrett
14. DKMD – Androide (Replique)
Directed by David Kristian and Marie Davidson
13. Dresden Dresses – NS (d)05
Directed by Antoine Lahaie
12. Diamond Rings – Runaway Love
Directed by Sébastien Landry and Baz
11. Kool Music – Running Back to Everyone
Directed by Emily Kai Bock
New video for Desire‘s “Don’t Call.” It’s an old track, off of 2009′s masterful II. Read an interview recently where Johnny Jewel was talking about all kinds of new material coming, hopefully a Desire record can be expected too.