Montreal

Premiere: Slight – My Lantern

Slight have been building their sound for years at home in Montreal, where the trio are founding collective members of underground venue The Plant, and we’re so pleased to make their re-acquaintance with this new single. “My Lantern” is built with spiralized organ and synth notes, short droned tones pushing against quickly moving asymmetric melodic ladders. The vocals nest quietly into the complex net of sounds, turned up to achieve a understated sort of maximalism. It’s an offbeat, satisfying adventure full of complex musical construction and smart production.

It’s going to be released as part of a compilation from new Portland label Golden Brown, a project by Thom Sunderland of Lefse Records (American home to Toronto’s Absolutely Free, whose fans will probably sign up for the Slight fan club). The collection of delightful sepia-toned singles comes out on June 17, but you can pre-order it now from Bandcamp.

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Braids – Companion

The new Braids EP starts and ends as if Raphaelle Standell-Preston is standing right next to your ear: a quick intake of breath, a clearly discernible final exhale. It’s a deeply personal and strongly felt collection of four songs, all recorded around the same time as last year’s Deep in the Iris. And it’s among the trio’s best work yet.

It opens with the inward-looking, resilient “Companion,” with synthetic chords and, towards the end, simple piano melodies so delicate you can hear the keys depress. “Joni” swirls together a bouncy hook that springs up, repeating and expanding, with muted cymbal crashes to represent the adventure and challenge of long-terms relationships (personal, professional, musical) and the desire to build a home inside of yourself, separate from any external storms. “Trophies for Paradox” is full of sudden dynamic shifts, imperfect fast-paced clicks, soaring sweet backing voices.

But it’s all building up to “Sweet World,” a beautiful epic that takes seven minutes to reach its full height. “Everything is changing,” Standell-Preston sings, “and it feels so right this time.” It really, really does.

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Montreal post-punk/dreampop group Kurvi Tasch have changed their name to HOAN and just released “Inside Touch”, an excellent and laid-back single that just begs for repeated plays on these summer days. A synth/organ line wanders atop a track that features beautiful, understated harmonies, and some extremely fine bass guitar work. Goes down smooth!

HOAN are on tour right now, with shows in London and Ottawa this weekend. Check them out if you’re able!

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Sean Nicholas Savage – Romeo

Full disclosure: we love all things Sean Nicholas Savage. I don’t think there is any artist we’ve covered for as long or as much as him. Last year’s Other Death, a companion piece to 2014’s Other Life, is a wondrous album, and the fact that another single has been released from it proves how full of killer material it is. The video for “Romeo” is the opening credits for the weirdest TV show you’ve ever seen. Directed by Abba Lucas, and featuring footage from 1977’s Cosmos: The War of the Planets, the video showcases Sean’s pained expressions and amazing presence in a mesmerizing way.

Other Death is available via Sean’s Bandcamp, and is still a great addition to his ever increasing oeuvre.

Silent Shout is co-presenting a benefit concert in Toronto with Sean Nicholas Savage and Arubutus Records. Cadence Weapon, Calvin Love and Petra Glynt are also on the bill. All proceeds go to No Borders Open Kitchen, which provides food to Syrian Refugees making their way through Greece.

Join us at the Garrison on Friday, July 1st for a night of awesome music and an extended last call dance party, all for a good cause. Tickets are available online and at the door.

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Premiere: Rational Youth – Future Past Tense

Rational Youth are legendary figures to Canadian synth-pop heads. Their debut LP Cold War Night Life released in 1986 is one of the finest examples of the strength of Canada’s new wave scene in the 80s. Now, after a few line-up changes, we at Silent Shout are thrilled the present the premiere of their first EP since 1999. Future Past Tense lives up to their stellar reputation and sounds simultaneously retro and modern at the same time. All the core things we loved about Rational Youth remains in tact: the analog synths, hook-laden choruses, synth solos galore and more!

The band is now an Ottawa-based husband/wife duo featuring Gaenor and Tracey Howe (also the former guitarist for Men Without Hats), but the record is chock-a-block with amazing sounds despite the sparse line-up. Every track is a throwback in the best possible way. EP opener “This Side of the Border” sounds like something straight from the 80s, and the poppy angst of “Here It Comes Again” showcases some fine early goth sentiments while maintaining a joie-de-vivre synth-pop line.

Future Past Tense is available on 10″ vinyl in June via their Bandcamp and Artoffact Records, with 200 limited-edition copies on clear vinyl.

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