Montreal

It’s always so nice to hear new tunes from Montreal experimental electronic pop trio R U REAL and a couple of weeks ago they dropped a new EP, their first release since their 2014 self-titled album. It’s full of excellent jams, but our favourite is “Rebel’s Crossing”, a warm, relaxed track with simple, lush synths over an in-the-red hip-hop beat. Bonus points for referencing the project’s name!

The Throwing Fries EP is available now from Bandcamp.

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Our appreciation of Montreal’s Galaxius Mons knows no bounds, but we haven’t heard much new from the project. Thankfully band member Matt LeGroulx continues to prove that everything he touches turns to gold with his new solo project High Five. With a rhythm bed of a weirdo mathy guitar line, leading up to playful synth and vocal melody, there’s certainly a lot going on with the track. “Taking Out the Trash” is the first song on High Five’s debut EP Pure Lava which is filled with nice little gems like this one and available on Bandcamp PWYC.

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“L’Épave Trouée,” one of the first Choses Sauvages songs that we fell in love with back in 2014, has had a MASSIVE remake. It’s still electroish, but the Montreal quartet have completely doubled down on the funk specifically with the Nile Rodgers-esque guitar and those gigantic disco beats. Listening to these two versions side-by-side is a perfect example of how nice it is to be along with a band on their journey, seeing what works and what doesn’t and how their sound morphs over time. The band claims this is released in a vacuum, but that their debut album is coming sometime in the future. In the meantime, their entire back-catalogue is worth diving into.

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Alexandra Laird aka Lost Creatures has been making dark electronic pop in Montreal since last spring, but we’re only catching up with her now with the release of new single “Leave Me Alone”. The song is billed as a demo but sounds pretty fully realized to us. Featuring sinister bass, mysterious delayed synths, and some spot-on harmonies, we can’t get enough of this uber-catchy dark pop gem.

Lost Creatures has a pile of other demos worth checking out on her Soundcloud. Can’t wait to hear an “official” release!

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Visage Musique’s Ambrose return with their first single since 2014’s Spanish Boomerang EP. “All Through the Night” sounds like reggae-infused Kraftwerk, which works in unexpected ways, most of all because of Sonia Thomson pained vocals and lyrics about lost love, “crying all through the night.” It’s an interesting departure in style for the band, and makes us very intrigued for their debut LP, Fog on Blue due to come out later this summer.

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