Alexia Avina–one half of Montreal faves Best Fern–lulls you into a sense of contemplative harmony on her latest video. Shot in Germany and directed by Miriam Brellenthin, the saturated colours, wispy movements all welcome you into a dreamlike realm that we could honestly live in for all eternity. Adding to that sense of calm is the absolutely gorgeous track from Avina, testing the extent that we are able to take “dream-pop” as a literal term.
“If I’m the one that you need” is the first released track from her upcoming Surrender EP, an experimental/ambient split tape with Desert Bloom, out April 12 on Moon Boy Records. Those in Montreal simply must attend the release show that day, that is if you want to feel serenity in your life.
Chances are a new trio from Montreal, and their first single is an otherworldly celebration. It starts with a half-clapped drum beat and harmonized words, sung like an incantation, before growing toward the chorus with layers of subtle synths. By the time they arrive, it’s glorious: a catchy capital-P Pop chorus interspersed with Ojibwe lyrics set over Indian Raga, with the final result of a successfully memorable debut.
“Shine” is available now from Bandcamp.
We’re fervent fans of Xania videos here at Silent Shout (remember the brilliant “Dance with the Robot” that was our third favourite visual in 2016?), and she’s done it again. “Y.O.U.”, which stands for your own universe, reimagines the Montreal-based rapper/producer as a faceless silhouette, covered in shifting projected patterns. She’s alone as she dances through the streets of Sheffield, an homage to those who embrace their individuality, creating their own worlds even while surrounded by a sea of others.
“Y.O.U.” is from 2015’s All Alone Together, available PWYC from Bandcamp.