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Premiere: Best Fern – It Means I Love You

Jessy Lanza‘s “It Means I Love You” was one of our favourite songs in 2016, and we’re so excited to share this new rendition by Montreal‘s Best Fern.

It hits the cover sweet spot: translating everything great about the original song into a brand new feeling that stands on its own legs. Made with analog gear (true to Lanza’s original vision),  this new version has softer vocals, silence liberally woven into the beats for dramatic effect, and a distinctive, dreamy playfulness.

The duo, Alexia Avina and Nick Schofield, have been playing it as part of their live show, which you can catch in the coming weeks in Montreal (with former-Majical Cloud Devon Welsh!) on January 25 or in Ottawa on February 2.

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Peter Sagar is one cool dude. When operating under his Homeshake moniker, he is consistently releasing the coziest of rainy-day songs, making the most out of seedy drumbeats, catchy guitar lines and groovy bass. He’s been at it for a few years and lucky for us, a new album is on the way.

The first single, “Call Me Up”, is what Homeshake does best: a short, tight and surprisingly romantic track. Only this time, much like on his last release, he’s using synths instead of guitars. And it works!

His forthcoming album, “Fresh Air”, can be pre-ordered now from Sinderlyn.

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Video Premiere: YlangYlang – How Thin is the Skin of the Soul

If you haven’t yet fallen in love with YlangYlang and her extensive output of beautiful, inventive experimental sounds, now’s the time. The Montreal artist’s new video is made of brightly coloured digital shapes floating over grainy images of leaves, everyman home decor and an occasionally splashing fishbowl.

The song is one of her best yet: a meditation of how we’re shaped by everyone we meet set to calming loop, a baseline heartbeat, unexpected percussive bursts and brief descents from bubbling synths. She sings calmly, softly, confidently as she draws you into her inner world. Close your eyes, settle in: you might just learn something about yourself with this as your soundtrack.

It’s the final song from the consistently fantastic Life Without Structure, a thoughtful and introspective take on new age pop that you can find on Bandcamp.

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