Mekele excels at crafting gorgeous, immersive music, and his latest production “Ānanda” is no exception. Eschewing the beat-driven aspects of 2012′s Nocturne EP, this track evokes the transcendental and celestial qualities found only in the finest ethereal electronic ambient music. With its widescreen sound design and ornate arrangement, “Ānanda” showcases Mekele’s remarkable musicality, imagination, and technical skill.
The last we heard from the inimitable Bile Sister, she was guesting on a Janet Jackson cover with Montreal’s YlangYlang. It must have been a great collaborative fit, since this new song comes to us from a compilation by Jeunesse Cosmique, a label that represents other featured artists such as Telephone Maison, Hazy Montagne Mystique, and YlangYlang herself. The compilation is called “tripping” after its stoner vibes, but it could also easily refer to the unpredictable and uneven beat of this particular offering.
We’re shuddering with anticipation for the release of the debut album from Montreal favourite Mozart’s Sister (next month!!), but until then we’ll be listening to her excellent remix of Trust‘s “Rescue, Mister“. She replaced the thumping bass with a hectic collection of top-end sounds, but the real power of this is the updated vocals, a combination of both artists’ voices.
Écarlate is the French word for “scarlet”, and Montreal’s Visrei has embodied the power colour in this one-off single. An effective mix of light and dark – a driving, deep baseline and flourishing high notes – creates a vibrant piece of music. When can we hear more?
There’s been a lot of heated debate here at the office about what the next Grimes album will sound like. And here’s our first possible answer: her latest single “Go” sounds nearly like a stylistic 180. Gone is the lo-fi ethereality that became Grimes’s signature. This is Grimes recording with mainstream production values and sensibilities, and it seems like producer Blood Diamonds has a lot to do with how this track sounds. We’re not quite sure yet how we feel about this directional change, but apparently this song was written for (and rejected by) Rihanna, so perhaps it’s just a stylistic one-off?
But we’re definitely even more curious about this album now, which this single may or may not be on. Who knows what we’ll find within! But there’s still no title or release date on the follow-up to Visions. We’ll keep you posted.
Those who know the fro’d maestros debut album, you may recognize some ideas from the full-length ‘Love Between Us‘ have carried over to the EP, and Karneef says there’s a good chance his upcoming work will continue in this arpeggiated vein. The five instrumental tracks are pristinely clean being composed on a Nord modular synth and stylistically feel like Joe Zawinul channeled Philip Glass to score the soundtrack for Carl Sagan’s Cosmos TV series.
There are few things more exciting than the announcement of a new Visage Musique record. Ambrose, the Montreal label’s latest find, will release their debut 12″ Spanish Boomerang on June 30th and we couldn’t be more excited. The boy/girl duo makes minimalist synth pop that has been the label’s bread and butter since its inception. Faint traces of our namesake can be found in some of the synth lines, but make no mistake—this is a Visage band through and through.
Nicole Brenny and Danica Olders form the Brooklyn/Montreal glitch pop duo Girls In Uniform. The two have recently released their first EP “.” (Full Stop)…on VHS. We can’t recommend this album enough, it’s an incredibly frenetic and colourful batch of songs that draws on industrial grit and mainstream melodies.
While Brenny handles the music production, Olders crafts the visual aesthetics – a pairing that seems inseparable. The album progresses in the same order that the songs were written, giving listeners a pretty direct impression of how Brenny’s musical ideas developed as she learned to work with the Elektron Machine Drum. Fans of fast paced pitch-shifted vocals and pounding kick drums will revel in the debut release from Girls In Uniform.
The six-track EP is available on their bandcamp. Do yourself a favour: play it LOUD.
We had a lot of love for Mozart’s Sister‘s Hello EP in early 2013, so we’re welcoming this first new single from the Montreal artist with open arms. She has dialed up her sound with more prominent bass and a whack of polish. The video, directed by Audrey Bilodeau Fontaine, has her slowly rising from a chair to reach an eventual solo dance party, which is exactly how we’re reacting over at the Silent Shout office!
Ah, new Arbutus signing Lydia Ainsworth finally has a great video to go along with her wonderful debut EP Right From Real Pt. 1. Directed by Matthew Lessner and choreographed by Princess Lockerooo, it features three dancers “waacking”, which was a 1970s Los Angeles street dancing form popular among disco afficionados. It fits quite well with “Malachite”‘s hypnotic beats. Hey there’s three of us in the office today! Excuse us while we all look like idiots attempting to waack in here.
Right From Real Pt. 1 is available from iTunes.