Quinn Read-Baxter, a live member of London weird electro pop fave New Zebra Kid, released a couple of singles back in February and we totally neglected to let you know about them. “What I Knew” is a loving but cold embrace from an ice queen in her echoey cave beneath a desolate tundra, where winds of compressed angst blow. Or it’s merely a great song, made by a normal human with tremendous talent. You decide.
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.
75. Electric Youth – The Best Thing
73. Grapes Godly – No Storm
62. Sally Dige – Doppleganger
61. Chairs – Indestructible Machine
57. Desire – Tears From Heaven
Greggy Clypse – Duh Duh Duh
New Zebra Kid – Go the Extra Mile
Man Made Hill – Physical
Castledrum Records is a brand new electronic label based in London and they’ve just put together their first compilation gathering together some of the wonderful underground talents there and nearby. Consider us blown away by Greggy Clypse and New Zebra Kid, and Toronto’s Man Made Hill provide an awesome Olivia Newton-John cover. The whole compilation is available PWYW on Bandcamp.