We can always count on Winnipeg‘s Kindest Cuts for killer dark synthpop jams, and new EP Factotum is chock full of ‘em. We’ve already shared our love for the magnificent “Cold Eyes”, so today we’ll highlight the driving, uptempo “Learning”, a gothy gem which features synth-work of the highest order. Impressive as always!
Factotum is available now from Bandcamp. Also, if you’re in Toronto, be sure to catch him at NXNE on June 16 along with a bunch of other great Winnipeg electronic popsters, including Ghost Twin and Viva Non.
Now that the holiday season is finally over, follow suit to Kindest Cuts‘ new video for “Cold Eyes” and set that Christmas tree on fire (or pack it up if it’s not real). The new video, directed by Damien Ferland, features a very blasé, blue-screened Patrick Short in some kind of cynical cable-access nightmare. As the song begins, the montage of images seem culled from silly YouTube videos, weird commercials, home video goofs, etc, only to become gradually juxtaposed with darker images of war, violence and lots of shit on fire. The images are a perfect parallel to the bitter lyrics that touch on social disillusionment as is summed up in the chorus, “I disconnect – there’s too much going wrong”.
It seems Kindest Cuts’ best work is when he’s at his most depressingly cynical (see “Handsome Killer”) – the song, while bleak-as-hell, is one of his most fun & catchy, full of bass arpeggios and sparkly analog leads. Short promises this is the first single to a yet-to-be-released album, and we can’t wait.
“Cold Eyes” is available now from Bandcamp. And if you’re in Winnipeg, you can catch Kindest Cuts at the Big Fun Festival on January 30 alongside Orlando Gloom and Astre.
Wow, this is an unexpected treat! A meeting of minds between two of Winnipeg’s most forward-looking dark electronic pop projects, Kindest Cuts and Ghost Twin. The two bands decided to put together a covers EP, and it’s probably the best covers record we’ve heard this year. Featuring Kindest Cuts’ takes on The Screamers’ “122 Hours of Fear” and Soft Cell’s “L.O.V.E.”, and Ghost Twin covering Thrill Kill Kult and a Henry Purcell opera (!), the tracks are so fully realized and originally conceived they hardly feel like covers at all. Featuring incredible synth work throughout, You Bring the Worst Out in Me, You’re All Liars is simply brilliant dark pop – don’t miss this release.
Out now on Dub Ditch Picnic. Both bands are on the road together in the prairies this week: Regina (Oct 29), Saskatoon (Oct 30), and Winnipeg (Oct 31). Check Facebook for details.