It’s tough to pick a highlight from Casey Mecija‘s incredible debut album Psychic Materials, but the slow, dark synthpop of “Gonna Gun” is simply mesmerizing. If it sounds at all familiar to readers, it’s because it’s an utterly magnificent re-recording of a track she released with Kieran Adams of DIANA, when they were making music together as Warm Myth. Kieran’s involved in this version too, in fact he co-produced the album as well as plays drums on it.
You can purchase Psychic Materials directly from Casey at her website, where you can also stream the album with amazing beat-synced GIF animations accompanying each song.
The last time we heard from Thomas, the super swoon-worthy “Kissing” flirted its way up to the #20 spot on our list of the best songs of 2013. This album takes everything that was special about that song – breathy soul vocals, smooth 80s synths, a playful sense of humour – and expands it into a full-length gem of a journey.
We especially can’t get over the confident strut of “Shy” or the earnest declarations of love on the chorus of “Gather Round.” The songs come with some assists from musical friends like DIANA‘s Kieran Adams, Prince Nifty/Matt Smith, and Bernice‘s Robin Dann. But this is fully an album that could only come from the talented and inspired mind of Thom Gill. Sign us up for his fan club!
You can find the album over at Thomas’ Bandcamp for the ever-wonderful price of PWYC.
Silent Shout readers must know by now the enduring, abiding, bordering-on-problematic, affection we have for the Toronto electronic pop group Diana. Well, this recent video they did for Paper Bag Sessions demonstrates that their sound is every bit as huge and polished live. A beautiful song and performance, shot by Mitch Fillion of Southern Souls.
Diana performs tonight in Toronto with Dan Deacon and Digits at Adelaide Hall.