It’s been a couple of years since we last heard from Montreal sometimes-electronic troubador James Irwin, when he released his endlessly impressive second album Unreal. And now that its successor Shabbytown is upon us, we needn’t be Irwinless any longer. A fantastically strong collection of new tunes, it contains many memorable electronic songs too, with the synths and vocoders on “Natural Feeling” standing out for their subtle genius. We love!
James Irwin is on tour now in Ontario and Montreal, check the dates on his site, where you can also buy Shabbytown.
Mix: Best of January 2015
1. Lief Hall – Glass Machine
2. Keita Juma feat. Brendan Philip – Come Over
3. Antoine93 – Extra Strong
4. Le Couleur – Concerto Rock
5. Country – White Colors
6. Doldrums – Hotfoot
7. Bile Sister – Haagen Baadz
8. Motoko – Light is Body
9. Mystic Triangle – Snake Eyes Wins
10. Secret Sign – Sullenprod (demo)
11. Marie Davidson – Balade aux USA
12. Moon King – Roswell
13. New Hands – Strange Attractor
14. Chairs – Bird Calls
15. Monroeville Music Centre – Remain
16. James Irwin – Sahra
17. Mekele – ZPF
We’ve been anticipating James Irwin‘s second album ever since we discovered the Montreal artist back in July. “Everything Passed Me By” and “Face Value” impressed us with their smooth, relaxed melodies and subtle electro hints, so it’s great to learn that there’s another excellent laid-back pop single to complete the trio.
Introducing “Sahra,” a beautifully produced break-up song, and the premiere of a video to match. It was directed by Hannah Fleet and features Irwin swaying as black and white projections of people wash over him. At one point, he plays a banana as an instrument, and you don’t want to miss that!
Speaking of things you don’t want to miss, Irwin has some upcoming shows that you should know about: in Montreal at Bar le Ritz PDB tomorrow (Thursday) and in Toronto at Wavelength‘s pop-up venue on Friday.
You can stream Unreal on Soundcloud.