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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: 25-50

Download/listen to a continuous mix of the songs
Top 25 // Honourable Mention A-J // Honourable Mention K-Z

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 50 Songs of 2014: 50 – 26

Posted on December 18th, 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: 25-50

Download/listen to a continuous mix of the songs
Top 25 // Honourable Mention A-J // Honourable Mention K-Z

50. Chevalier Avant Garde – Pine

This song is playing in the weirdest club in the world; the kind of place where everybody stops talking when you enter the room.

49. Sur Une Plage – Marathon

The piano chords at the beginning prepare you for the epic journey you’re about to go on, but it’s not until the huge throbbing bass arpeggiator comes in that you really understand what they’re are up to.

48. TOPS – Outside

The synthpop ballad we’ve always needed from the Montreal soft-pop lovelies.

47. Marie Davidson – Perte D’Identité

“Perte D’Identité” is ominous beyond ominous, a slow, chugging beast of drones and strange synth noises.

46. Moon Maker – Off The Moon

The shimmering, vocoded “Off the Moon” is a wondrous and nostalgic single that deserved to be played and played again on your next lunar mission.

45. Para Palabras – Lonely

A deft take on modern electronic dance that reconciles sleek digital production with raw, organic timbres, and mechanistic precision with deep emotional resonance.

44. Vesuvio Solo – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The breezy, fun track is just what we needed as we stayed desperately nostalgic for the last few days of summer.

43. MORI – You Look So Calm When You Come

A perfect pop morsel to be savoured for as long as possible during its brief runtime.

42. Jamaican Queens – Bored and Lazy

A wonderfully slithering bit of robo-funk featuring vocoded lead vocals.

41. Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

It builds, and builds and builds and when it finally gets there…oh my goodness!

40. Mekele – Ānanda

With its widescreen sound design and ornate arrangement, “Ānanda” showcases Mekele’s remarkable musicality, imagination, and technical skill.

39. Boyhood – Makeup

Boyhood continues their upward trajectory into electro weirdness with this pulsating hypnotic song.

38. Jay Holy – Buried Alive

One of the best codas in recent memory, with an instrumental dance breakdown that we could have had go on for another five minutes.

37. Ramzi – Zomb By

One of the best tracks from Ramzi’s stunning discography, “Zomb By” is weird glitchy electro at its finest.

36. YlangYlang – Tiny Balconies

It’s amazing that someone as prolific as YlangYlang can put out tracks like this with such consistency.

35. Bizzarh – Pangaea

Sounds like a slowed-down acid trip in the best way.

34. Johnny Couteau – Dance The Waba

Iggy Pop goes goth electro in the standout single from the concept record The Infamous Mind of a Psychoactive Runner.

33. Men I Trust – A Cycle

As slow and funky as arpeggiated electronic music can be.

32. Ken Park – You Think About it Too Much

The most earwormy refrain of any this year; we cannot tell you how many times we’ve got this in our head.

31. Ancient Babes – Occult Commando

A new dreamy downtempo track that illustrates the astounding stylistic breadth of this project.

30. Scattered Clouds – People Walk

If all the characters in the Black Lodge of Twin Peaks formed a band, it would sound like Scattered Clouds.

29. Nyssa – All Us Boys

Something about her raspy blues voice over huge dark electronic beats (courtesy of producer Dave Psutka aka Egyptrixx) works so wonderfully.

28. Vierance – Athens Cries

Featuring huge arpeggiators and haunting vocals, it’s somehow both danceable and ambient at the same time.

27. New Zebra Kid – Romantic Illusions

This song absolutely delivers on all the promise we’ve heard in the pop maestro over the past few years.

26. New Hands – Swimming

New Hands have been refining and paring down their sound, leaving Spence Newell’s hypnotizing tenor front and centre, which we of approve immensely.

Top 100 Songs of 2014:

Top 25 // 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 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 15 EPs // Top 10 Music Videos // Top 10 Album Covers

Top 25 Music Videos of 2014 – 25-11

Posted on December 10th, by silentshout in Lists, Video

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

18. Low Factor – Icicle

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Pile of Best Albums: Ken Park – You Think About It Too Much

Posted on November 21st, by elena in Pile of Best Albums

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We’ve never been shy about the fact that we love Ken Park. Toronto’s Scott Harwood makes some of most perfectly executed, emotionally deep dance music out there, so it’s about time to formally place him in our Pile of Best Albums!

You Think About It Too Much was recorded over the course of a Berlin winter, and the end result is stuffed with musical layers and excellent production. Most of the songs push past the five minute mark, giving enough space to fully develop and expand each idea. And those ideas are definitely great ones, ranging from the downtrodden melody of “He Says I’m an Island (I Won’t Try and Find Him)” to the partial synth scales flitting through the opening of “Stay at Mine.”

The album manages to be perfect for long days walking around a city, observing the life around you and getting lost in your own thoughts, and at the same time ideal for cavorting at a crowded house party, dancing and making memories. That’s because it’s a perfect mixture of focused introspective vocals and atmospheric, bass-driven pop.

Don’t think about it too much – get into Ken Park.

 

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Video: Ken Park – Stay At Mine

Posted on October 24th, by digits in Video


Toronto’s Ken Park eats a falafel on a deserted beach, sometimes singing in between bites, and it’s still somehow mesmerizing. This video for hypnotic You Think About it Too Much highlight “Stay At Mine” was directed by Eduardo Sánchez and shot in Barcelona on Ken Park’s summer tour with Phèdre.

Ken Park plays Toronto tonight with Silent Shout faves Antoine93 and Mathématique at Double Double Land. Can’t miss!

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Mix: Best Songs of July 2014

Posted on August 1st, by digits in Mixes

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Mix: Silent Shout Best of July 2014

1. Allie X – Bitch
2. Weaves – Motorcycle (Beta Frontiers Remix)
3. Ken Park – Stay at Mine
4. Austra – American Science (Duran Duran cover)
5. Prince Innocence – Cold
6. Visrei – Écarlate
7. Hey Mother Death – Highway
8. Mekele – Ānanda
9. Zammuto – Great Equator
10. Bile Sister – Guppy Ab
11. Thomas – Shy
12. James Irwin – Everything Passed Me By
13. Para Palabras – Lonely
14. Electric Youth – Runaway
15. Make Haste – Get Back Home
16. Zoo Owl – Left Alone
17. Glass Random – I Feel Better

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Mix: Best Songs of June 2014

Posted on June 30th, by digits in Mixes

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1. Quinn Read-Baxter – Don’t Go
2. The Number Line – Park Light
3. Ken Park – He Says I’m An Island (I Won’t Try and Find Him)
4. Operators – True
5. Beta Frontiers – Undone Things
6. Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
7. Uaxyacac – Don’t Let It Go
8. Austra – Habitat
9. Girls in Uniform – Flowers of the City
10. Mozart’s Sister – Enjoy
11. Men I Trust – A Cycle (feat. Odile)
12. Ambrose – Citadel Passage
13. Robert Loveless – Blue Hell & Back
14. Miracle Fortress – Here’s to Feeling Good All the Time

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Video: Ken Park – He Says I’m An Island (I Won’t Try and Find Him)

Posted on June 5th, by digits in Video


Ken Park. Remember that name. You’ll be hearing it again and again in the years to come. We’ve been following the work of Scott Harwood, the Toronto oft-live-member of Hooded Fang and Phèdre, since the genesis of the Ken Park project in Berlin. We may have eagerly, salivatingly, posted his demo tracks, accompanied by nonsensical superlatives. Now, our long wait for REAL-DEAL Ken Park recordings is finally over and we hardly know what to do with ourselves. We’d better stick to the facts: this his first song, and first video. It’s directed by Lisa Folkerson. The song is three minutes and fifty-three seconds in length.

And now, more nonsensical superlatives: the song is brilliant by any objective standard, taking Chevalier Avant Gardesque lo-fi textures and bringing them to a immaculately produced, piercing and emotionally direct place. We challenge you to not be moved by its majesty.

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Silent Shoutout – Phèdre

Posted on February 11th, by arp2600 in Silent Shoutouts

If you live in Toronto, it’s an undeniable fact that Phèdre wrote one of the best summer jam ever with “In Decay.” That song was EVERYWHERE when it came out in 2012. Their two albums, last year’s Golden Age and a self-titled debut in 2012, are amazing and will hold up for generations to come. They also have one of the weirdest, most engaging live shows this side of our namesake.

We’re thrilled to co-present them on the Thursday February 13th instalment of the Wavelength Festival at the Silver Dollar with many other amazing bands. Daniel Lee of Phèdre (and the also amazing Hooded Fang) took some time out of his day to pick some bands he loves and the reasons for that.


Man Made Hill is a king in my mind. He goes the distance in performance, videos, and his skewed-disco epic tracks.


I’ve been a fan of Castle If for a little while now. The tracks on this release are really long, and that is just fine with me. It sounds thoughtful and and kind of invokes feelings of warm insanity.


Zacht Automaat are one of the few groups that we’ve listened to a lot this year. These recordings are mindblowing, as is the rate of output. We are blessed to have this in our city. I don’t even have words to explain it. A compilation was just released on Calico Co.


Ken Park makes really good emotion-inducing hypnotic dance tracks. A nice debut record coming out soon, which I can’t wait for. He also has perfect pitch hearing, and I don’t understand how that is possible.


Ice Cream are an amazing Toronto duo, with just one track up so far. We met Carlyn through her guitar playing work with Blonde Elvis, and she exudes the same class and great taste in playing in this group. Her bandmate is also awesome. The overall aesthetic is ice and minimal and drum machine driven, but nice and analog as well, with live bass and keys. Smart pop.

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