There’s a level of anxiety to all Antoine93 songs, and the latest self-directed video from the project really exemplifies that. Here, twitchy euro-dance beats play host to lush Canadian wilderness, guns, cigarettes and very real looking violence. Featuring Mathematique’s (RIP) Pascale as a rival mob boss to Antoine, while also providing some excellent true-to-form backing vocals.
“Extra Strong” is the hit single from Maybe Unlock My Heart, Antoine93’s sophomore album that came out at the very end of last year. Like anything else from the project, it’s well worth your time.
Blue Hawaii‘s Untogether was undeniably one of the best albums of 2013. But if you’ve ever seen the duo live, you know that they can twist their sweet and atmospheric songs into a beat-heavy dance party. Now you can finally capture some of that energy in your everyday life!
In this mixtape of edits, the bass is turned up, the tempos are faster, and Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s unique and powerful voice is mixed into haunting new harmonies. It’s kind of like seeing some dear old friends who have gotten cooler and more confident in the years since you’ve seen each other. There’s some new acquaintances too, like the sexually yearning “All of My Heart” and a fairly faithful cover of Kyle Hall’s “Ghosten” with vocals added on top.
Get over to Soundcloud and download a copy for yourself!
We’ve been long-time, no, FOREVER admirers of Lund-based producer Johan Agebjörn, not least for his work as one-half of Sally Shapiro. As Canadian bloggers, we’ve only written about him once before, when Sally Shapiro collaborated with Toronto’s Electric Youth on the Somewhere Else now-classic track “Starman”. So today, we’re so pleased to hear him working with Montreal’s Young Galaxy on the latest single from his phenomenal solo record Notes.
An organ-based electronic waltz, it’s a deeply immersive track, meditative and warm, with Young Galaxy vocalist Catherine McCandless turning in a truly inspired performance. A perfect song for winter wandering and pondering. In fact, we really can’t recommend Agebjörn’s new album more highly for that. Notes is out February 10 on Paper Bag, and you should order your copy now.
Marie Davidson is one of the singularly most talented people making music in Canada today. Whether it’s with Essaie Pas, DKMD, or her own solo project, a new release from the Montreal synth maestro will stop our presses every time.
This is underground synth-pop at its absolute finest: spoken word over an italo disco beat, throbbing in hypnotic repetition, and while we loved Perte D’Identité, Marie’s sombre release from last year, we’re glad to see her once again embracing the uptempo.
“Balade Aux USA” is the first single from Un Autre Voyage, a new full-length due out on April 14th on Holodeck Records. The video takes a Tron/Homer-3D direction, and is directed by Kaspar’89.
Parallel Pyres is well known to us as Joshua Frank, one half of Hot & Cold, whose 2012 album Border Area continues to remain ever-magnificent in our eyes. We’re extremely happy to hear new work from the currently-Beijing-based Frank brother, in the form of Horse Year, a new live EP recorded live in August of last year and released on Bandcamp a couple of weeks ago.
It’s a captivating collection of hypnotic, grooving synth-heavy tracks that skew a bit more pyschedelic than Hot & Cold’s post-punk. Definitely an essential listen, and it’s a free download on Bandcamp.
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.
Ben Cook sure is one busy dude. We here at Silent Shout make no secret of our love for the guy’s work, no matter the vehicle (this time around, it’s under the guise of the infamous Young Guv). We also just so happen to be big fans of Jef Barbara, making “Wrong Crowd” a total no-brainer.
The track is an impossibly groovy, silk-smooth yacht rock jam that manages to squeeze in simultaneous sax-solo and spoken word sections. Good luck getting this one outta your head.
Young Guv’s Ripe 4 Luv is out March 10th on Slumberland.
Le Couleur are back!!! As you might recall, this is the Montreal electronic pop group that made our #1 video of 2013 for the absolutely remarkable “Voyage Amoureux”. “Concerto Rock” is another brilliant single from the trio, possibly their best yet, a grooving piano-laden adventure that reminds us of some of the best of last year’s Todd Terje record. Big disco bass, soaring synths, we could listen to this all day.
The video, directed by Le Saboteur, is a trippy vintage analogue workout that suits the song very well. Le Couleur will be releasing their latest EP Dolce Desir February 17 on Lisbon Lux, can’t wait! And Toronto people: mark down February 26 in your calendar, as they’ll be playing an EP release show with Beat Market at the Piston.
Country is a Montreal duo that has impressed us in the past with their sleazy brand of synthpop, and their debut album Failure, released last fall, is an underrated gem of a record and we’ve been anxiously awaiting their next move. They’ve just released their first music video for album highlight “White Colors,” and it’s a delirious animated suburban nightmare created by Vienna Pitts, and well, you’d better just watch this madness.
Country is playing a couple of shows in Toronto this weekend, tonight at the Heretical Objects showcase at the Gladstone, and tomorrow at the Silver Dollar with Votiiv and Brave Shores. Buy Failure digitally from Bandcamp or on cassette from Summer Cool.
We always knew that Fruit Loops aren’t the healthiest breakfast choice, but in the universe of Syngja‘s fantastic new video, they’re downright dangerous. The video, directed by band member Aleks Schürmer and Brazilian artist João Gabriel de Quieroz, tells the story of an evil spirit (taking the physical form of sugary cereal, as well as a clown) and its interactions with a group of innocent children. It’s creepy, but also downright visually beautiful with colours and projections.
And then there’s the fact that the song itself is one of Syngja’s best, expertly weaving in their signature cello and Tyr Jami’s ethereal voice with electronic production.