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Top 25 Songs of 2014

Posted on December 19th, by silentshout in Lists

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Year-End 2014: Top 25 Albums // Top 15 EPs // Top 10 Music Videos // Top 10 Album Covers

Top 100 Songs of 2014: 25-1

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25. The Number Line – Park Light

A sultry track with deeply grooving arpeggiators from the consistently amazing Toronto synthpop group.

24. Hush Pup – Thailand

Subtle soft-pop heroics from the Toronto/Victoria crew from their second brilliant EP.

23. Halcyon – Won’t Cry Tonight

Jordan Pearson of New Zebra Kid delivers worthy-of-the-classics synthpop with an utterly arresting voice.

22. Galaxius Mons – Outweigh the Pillared Masts (feat. YouYourself&I and Anna Elbon)

Homemade synths, superstar guest vocalists and weird intricate pop arrangements made Galaxius Mons’ sophomore release a must-listen.

21. Austra – Habitat

The dark electronic pop superstars release their most experimental record to date, an amazing EP with only one pop song.

20. Tasseomancy – Reality

Tasseomancy’s next album can’t come soon enough, as evidenced by this strange and restrained minimalist pop gem.

19. Prince Innocence – Cold

The Toronto duo continue their absolute mastery of sexy cold-as-ice synthpop.

18. Mathias Mental – Chantale

A slow-burning, precise exercise in buttery-voiced soft electropop. Swoon!

17. Quinn Read-Baxter – Don’t Go

Our love for QRB’s ambient electropop already knew no bounds, but her best single yet is also her biggest and danciest.

16. Miracle Fortress – Here’s to Feeling Good all the Time

A huge bass synth loop repeating throughout and a beautiful melody soaring atop it. Simple, and incredible.

15. Mathématique – Summer, But I Don’t Know

Blissful, upbeat, but still a little experimental, the best single yet from Montreal’s Pascale Mercier.

14. Most People – Falling Apart

Melodic hooky electro indie-pop like nobody’s business. Tightly constructed, yet sounds so effortless.

13. Lydia Ainsworth – Malachite

Entracing, otherwordly synthpop. One of many highlights from a near-perfect album.

12. Zoo Owl – Twin Mirror

Intensely danceable psychedelic electropop from the darkest of swamps.

11. Caribou – All I Ever Need

Crisp electronic pop from the master, from yet another colossal Caribou album.

10. Tenderness – 99+1

A weird masterpiece which we desperately hope means more soon to come from Toronto’s Tenderness.

9. Vogue Dots – Skinny Thing

Bittersweet amtopsheric synthpop from the Halifax/Saint John newcomers, from their astonishing debut EP.

8. Beta Frontiers – So Cold (feat. Carmen Elle)

The most straight-up pop song Toronto’s Beta Frontiers has ever released, featuring guest vocals from Diana’s Carmen Elle. Absolutely stellar.

7. Owen Pallett – Song for Five and Six

Soaring arpeggiated synths throughout, and like all who encounter the Sound, he has clearly seen the light and there is only one way forward.

6. Gavin Noir – Not Gonna Dance

Everything we love about dark electronic pop music is present here: haunting atmosphere, soft focus synth leads, poignant lyrics, vintage drum machine tones, and impeccable pop songcraft.

5. Sur Une Plage – Restaurant

“Restaurant” is such a fun, fast, synthpop track, reminiscent of the very best of Devo.

4. Silkken Laumann – Giving You Up

This song is propulsive yet atmospheric, showcasing the best features of Silkken Laumann’s talents.

3. Allie X – Bitch

It seems a teensy bit crafted to mine the popularity of both Lana del Rey and Grimes, but damned if we care because it’s masterful and is exactly what we want to be listening to these days.

2. Ken Park – Taiga

This song is so densely layered and nuanced that the 7 minute runtime goes by in a snap.

1. Operators – True

A perfect emotional electro-pop nugget that has been on repeat since it came out. Handsome Furs who? Long live Operators!

Top 100 Songs of 2014:

26-50 // Honourable Mention A-J // Honourable Mention K-Z
Year-End 2014: Top 25 Albums // Top 15 EPs // Top 10 Music Videos // Top 10 Album Covers

Top 25 Albums of 2014

Posted on December 15th, by silentshout in Lists

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Year-End 2014: Top 25 Songs // Top 15 EPs // Top 10 Music Videos // Top 10 Album Covers

25. Mozart’s Sister – Being

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Mozart’s Sister’s debut album dialed up her sound with a whack of polish.

24. Violence – Erlebnis

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Violence’s sound continues in the same vein as their previous release: artfully executed synth pop with the exact dark flavour that we love.

23. YlangYlang – Am I Being Overdramatic?

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The intricate sound design, elegiac melodies, and dreamy, soft focus textures on YlangYlang’s Am I Being Overdramatic? make for a highly rewarding listen.

22. JFM – Squat

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It has become very clear, both live and on record, that JFM possesses a remarkable approach to abstract electronic music

21. Lee Paradise – Water Palace Kingdom

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A gritty minimalistic post-punk record that shouldn’t astonish given Dan Lee’s pedigree, but you know what, we were still astonished – it’s a fantastic record.

20. Hansmole – Whitest Whiteness

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Victoria’s Hansmole caught us completely off guard with her spectacular synth-laden chilled-out dream pop record.

19. Galaxius Mons – GMO

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Homemade synths, superstar guest vocalists and weird intricate pop arrangements make Galaxius Mons’ sophomore release a must-listen.

18. Jay Holy – Scopolamine Dream

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Scopolamine Dream is is a strong statement from one of the city’s most original acts: emotional pleas set to a backdrop of musical freak-outs.

17. Chevalier Avant Garde – Realign

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Chevalier Avant Garde can do no wrong in our eyes, and their tape from this year is another masterful step in a near-perfect career.

16. Sean Nicholas Savage – Bermuda Waterfall

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Another year, another spectacular Sean Nicholas Savage record, it wouldn’t be the same without one.

15. Potpourri of Pearls – We Went to Heaven

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Taking us back to the days of Erasure’s best singles, this record is full of crisp and clean arpeggiated synths and killer earworm melodies.

14. Doomsquad – Kalaboogie

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Without a doubt, Doomsquad’s record proves that they are one of the most interesting bands in the world right now.

13. Hey Mother Death – Highway

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Halifax/Paris duo are in full command of a classic aesthetic which explores and reimagines some of the more artful corners of rock’s iconic past.

12. Johnny Couteau – From the Infamous Mind of a Psychoactive Runner

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Set in a dystopic coastal town near Fukushima called Tchernobeach, this John Carpenter-ish concept record took upon its own life in our imagination.

11. Zoo Owl – Hollow

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A powerful musical statement demonstrating Zoo Owl is not all smoke and mirrors, lasers and fog machines.

10. Ramzi – Bébites

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Left-field vignettes showcase Ramzi in full command of her highly distinguished aesthetic, a welcome addition to her brilliant discography.

9. Bile Sister – Faucet

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Gorgeously shrouded in overdriven minimal electronics, effects-laden vox, and left field pop leanings.

8. ¡FLIST! – Fuck You I’m Dead

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Eight years in the making, the Montrealer’s first album is a masterpiece of death, terror, and general unease.

7. Men I Trust – Men I Trust

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Melancholy electronic pop from Québec City, featuring many guest collaborations.

6. TOPS – Picture You Staring

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Montreal soft-pop group effortlessly make an even better record than their debut.

5. Owen Pallett – In Conflict

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Owen Pallett gets more electronic than ever before and makes the best album of his career. Also, Brian Eno plays some synths on it.

4. Lydia Ainsworth – Right from Real

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Arbutus Records’ latest find is a pop tour-de-force with Kate Bush-esque serenity and immaculate arrangements.

3. Caribou – Our Love

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With his fourth studio album as Caribou, Dan Snaith solidifies his status as a Canadian electronic music legend.

2. Silkken Laumann – Not Forever Enough

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The new project from Rolf Klausener was one of our most anticipated records of the year, and it did not disappoint. Bombastic electro-pop at its best.

1. Ken Park – You Think About It Too Much

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Perfect for long days walking around getting lost in your own thoughts, and at the same time ideal for a crowded house party, dancing and making memories.


Year-End 2014: Top 25 Songs // Top 15 EPs // Top 10 Music Videos // Top 10 Album Covers

Mix: Best Songs of October 2014

Posted on November 3rd, by digits in Mixes

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1. Majical Cloudz – Your Eyes
2. Swim Good & RLMDL – Saturday
3. VOTIIV – Stay Away
4. ¡FLIST! – Big Black Coffin (Screaming Lord Sutch cover)
5. Johnny Couteau – À La Jeune Fille aux Longs Cheveux Noirs
6. Galaxius Mons – Controller Down (feat. Jef Barbara)
7. James Irwin – Face Value
8. Timber Timbre – Curtains!? (Doomsquad Remix feat. Simone Schmidt)
9. Bazarian – Castle on a Cloud
10. YlangYlang – Tiny Balconies
11. Moon Maker – Off the Moon
12. Antoine93 – The Physical Aspect of Love
13. Xarah Dion – L’Asphalte Chaude
14. Jamaican Queens – Bored and Lazy
15. Motëm – Truth be Knownst
16. Boyhood – Make Up
17. Ginla – Things You Have
18. Los Echo – Bold Fire

MP3: Galaxius Mons – Controller Down (feat. Jef Barbara)

Posted on October 16th, by digits in MP3

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“Controller Down” is like a dream we didn’t know we had coming true. Galaxius Mons and Jef Barbara are two underground Montreal pop artists we love dearly, for very different reasons. Galaxius are electropop experimenters of the highest order, and their debut album was our #6 album of last year. And they’ve got none other than Canada’s premier underground pop star Jef Barbara to sing vocals on their latest single, a brass-heavy electrofunk track that pumps like no Galaxius Mons track before it. Blast it out your car stereo!

Galaxius Mons are on tour right now in Ontario and Montreal, including an appearance tonight at Nite Comfort with Silent Shout darlings Petra Glynt, Mekele and Chanteclair. Check out rest of the Galaxius Mons tour dates over at Exclaim.

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Mix: Best Songs of May 2014

Posted on June 2nd, by digits in Mixes

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Mix: Silent Shout Best of May 2014

1. Galaxius Mons – Outweigh the Pillared Masts (feat. You, Yourself & I)
2. Beta Frontiers – So Cold (feat. Carmen Elle)
3. Prince Innocence – Dissipate (Tarantula X Remix)
4. Sur Une Plage – Restaurant
5. Zoo Owl – Nemesis
6. Omhouse – Mooneye
7. Lydia Ainsworth – White Shadows
8. Vogue Dots – Temporal Suspension (A.A. Wallace cover)
9. Timber Timbre – Beat the Drum Slowly
10. Robert Loveless – Ain’t That Love
11. Most Ghost – Un Bouquet
12. Para Palabras – I Already Know
13. CFCF – Windswept

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MP3: Galaxius Mons – Outweigh The Pillared Masts

Posted on May 16th, by digits in MP3

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Galaxius Mons are back!! This is that Montreal synthpop collaboration between Matt LeGroulx (EXPWY) and Ian Jarvis (Chairs) who released our sixth favourite album of last year. You never know when these collaborations end up being one-time-only, so news of a new Galaxius album on the horizon (summer!) means 2014 is looking that much less dismal. This first single, featuring YouYourself&I and Anna Elbon is crazy-good, and feels like a subtle and very well executed refinement of their earlier sound. There’s even a single with Jef Barbara on vocals! Maybe we’re going to be okay after all!

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Top 100 Songs of 2013: 75-51

Posted on December 18th, by digits in Lists

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Top 100 Songs: 100-76 // 75-51 // 50-26 // 25-1

2013 in review: Top 30 Albums: 30-16 / 15-1 // Top 30 Videos // Top 20 EPs // Top 10 Remixes

75. Dirty Inputs – Final Flight

74. Akua – Gravity

73. Beverlay – First Snow

72. Silkken Laumann – Obvious Water (Yer A Kitten)

71. Ambrose – Hourglass Sands

70. Drake (feat. Majid Jordan) – Hold On, We’re Going Home

69. Kashka – Never Had It

68. Violence – Dernier Cri

67. U.S. Girls – Overtime

66. Gold Zebra – Invisible Disorder

65. Flist – Bug

64. Terror Bird – The Wrong Way

63. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

62. Jay Arner – Surf Don’t Sink

61. Majical Cloudz – Silver Rings

60. Braids – In Kind

59. Ark Analog – Make Me A Mirror

58. Drug Train – No One Cares

57. Princess Century – Giving It Away

56. Dirty Beaches – Mirage Hall

55. Weaves – Motorcycle

54. Marie Davidson – Je Ne T’aime Pas

53. Quinn Read-Baxter – Don’t Go

52. Homeshake – Moon Woman

51. Galaxius Mons – Cup My Aching Mind (Crazy Epitaph)

Top 100 Songs: 100-76 // 75-51 // 50-26 // 25-1

2013 in review: Top 30 Albums: 30-16 / 15-1 // Top 30 Videos // Top 20 EPs // Top 10 Remixes

Top 30 Albums of 2013: 15-1

Posted on December 16th, by arp2600 in Lists
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Silent Shoutout – Jef Barbara

Posted on October 2nd, by arp2600 in Silent Shoutouts


We have been following Jef Barbara from the very beginning of the blog. A post about the video for Wild Boys was one of the first things we covered. Contamination came out shortly after that and became an instant classic in the Silent Shout circle. We still DJ Wild Boys and Flight 777 quite regularly. Now, three years later with the release of Soft to the Touch earlier this week, we see the glam diva at his most fully formed and confident. This album is an upgrade in style and textures from his debut; it’s pure unadulterated pop. The guitar line from lead single “I Know I’m Late” is one of the catchiest hooks of the year, and opening track “About Singers” can compete with the best of Ziggy era Bowie. His inevitable fame is just around the corner, and we can think of few people more deserving.

Soft to the Touch is out now, and can be ordered from Tricatel (international).

UPDATE: Or through Club Roll (Canada) on iTunes and wherever records are sold.

Jef graciously took some time from his European tour to write a few words about some of his favourite Canadian acts. His picks are below:


I have been into Chevalier Avant Garde since their Postcards incarnation. Nowhere is off their new album, which I have not had the time (but am very excited) to hear. The reason why I chose this song in particular is because it is so reminiscent of their Postcards era that I could have sworn it was on the tape that Fixture Records issued in 2008. Or was it?

Galaxius Mons – Cup My Aching Mind (Crazy Epitaph)

I love this project, released on Kinnta Records, who have issued my favourite compilation, probably even my favourite album in many years: The Lemon Tape. This pick is also quite fitting because I know that Silent Shout has championed Galaxius Mons from the early days.

I love Bizzarh. I watched videos of them rapping on YouTube and I thought they were so cool. Trans Phat is one of my favourite tracks this year and has got to be the best song title of 2013.

Asaël Robitaille produces solo music as Bataille Solaire. Among the many projects that he is involved in is mine. Asaël plays guitar in the Jef Barbara band but here, the music is not guitar-driven. In fact, I tend to think that guitars are hardly ever used in the making of Bataile Solaire records. Then again I might be wrong. Up to now, Bataille Solaire has been mainly a computer-and-digital-synth project and this track is off his debut tape, which I believe was released last year. Although the music is consistently instrumental, I have encouraged Asaël to start beatboxing (which he is excellent at) on his next solo effort.

Sheer Agony – Everybody Knows

Jackson MacIntosh plays bass in the Jef Barbara band. He can also be heard playing electric guitar on my new album Soft To The Touch. Jackson is one of my favourite songwriters in Montreal. He leads a band called Sheer Agony, whose song Everybody Knows is one of many that I love. Jackson initially offered me this song to sing, probably because he felt self-conscious about releasing it as a Sheer Agony song. Although I would have liked for Everybody Knows to be known as a Jef Barbara track, I think he made the right decision by putting it out on his Unruly Sisters EP.

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Silent Shout Shadow Polaris Prize 2013

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

Bonnaventure:

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

Digits:

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

Elena:

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

Farragoes:

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:


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3. Femminielli – Double Invitation

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2. Renny Wilson – Sugarglider

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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.

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