Tag: Homo Duplex
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
Homo Duplex – On or On and On
Homo Duplex – Misprints
Homo Duplex have undisputedly been the best dark synthpop band on the East Coast for some time now, and we’re lucky to have them curating this week’s Silent Shoutout. Their single “On or On and On” is one of the best of the year and the 7″ is still available from Noyes Records.
We’re pretty big Jim O’Rourke fans, and here he takes Neneh Cherry and the Thing’s jazz-cool cover of Madvillain’s “Accordian” and gradually dismantles its grooves with ecstatic whorls of percussion and noise.
Amazing cover of synth pioneers Silver Apples’ “Program” by this Montreal band with Halifax roots. Though after picking this song for this list, we heard that they’d called it a day and just played their last show? Bummer, this band rules.
Vår’s an offshoot of the awesome Copenhagen punk band Iceage, and this track is from a Sacred Bones Records compilation that came out in the spring.
It feels like Halifax has a way of producing amazing guitar pop bands. Maybe everyone thinks that about their hometown? Either way, Monomyth are like 1 part garage and another part shoegaze and are super rad.
We had the good luck to see Factory Floor last year and it was pretty colossal/pummelling. Here’s a track of FF’s Nik Colk Void teamed with Throbbing Gristle/Chris & Cosey’s Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti from the live album Transverse.
Homo Duplex – On or On and On
New music from Homo Duplex! We’re huge fans of their work, they have a wholly original sound that probably stems from their roots as indie rock musicians in earlier years. It includes a genre shift from post-punk to all-out arpeggiated evil disco in the second half, the kind of switch that Homo Duplex have proven themselves time and again to be masters of.
15. Young Galaxy – Shapeshifting
14. Grimes/D’eon – Darkbloom
13. Kidstreet – Fuh Yeah
12. Azari & III
11. Homo Duplex EP 03
10. Resorts EP
9. Visage Musique Compilation 01
8. Monroeville Music Centre – Le Progrès EP
7. Ghibli – Pythia
6. Chevalier Avant Garde – Heterotopias
5. Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital
4. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
3. Sean Nicholas Savage – Trippple Midnight Karma
2. Destroyer – Kaputt
1. Austra – Feel It Break
We already did a quick post on Homo Duplex‘s EP 03, but it’s important we write another, because damn if this piece of arpeggiated genius isn’t one of the best songs of the year. Super delayed sweet vocals reminiscent of The Blow make for a perfect combination of indie pop and dark electronic grooves. Their EP is still available for free on their Bandcamp.
Rae Spoon – Rich Boy
One of the blogosphere’s finest, Herohill, organized a compilation of Hall & Oates covers from a number of great artists just before year’s end. Silent Shout faves Homo Duplex contribute a great version of “Out of Touch,” and Rae Spoon does a great minimalist rendition of Rich Girl (called “Rich Boy”). Be sure to check out Herohill’s full list here. Kudos to them for organizing such goodness. Okay, at the risk of stealing some of their thunder, I gotta share one more. This is Halifax’s Gianna Lauren covering “Kiss on My List.”
As you probably noticed, Silent Shout is a blog, and is therefore morally and legally obligated to post a year-end best-of list. It’s been an excellent year for Canadian electronic music and an excellent inaugural year for Silent Shout. Canada definitely has some of the best indie electronic acts in the world and there are plenty more that we weren’t able to include on this list. That said, here are our champions! Yesterday: our top albums and music videos. Today and tomorrow: our top songs of the year!
31. DVAS – Society
23. Tonetta – My Bro
22. Doldrums – Euphoria (watch video)
And that’s it for today. Tomorrow, the thrilling conclusion.