We’ve long been a fan of Montreal dark pop persona Low Factor, but it seems like she’s entering a whole new era with her latest single, “Icicle”. Her previous work was characterized by lo-fi recording values and experimentalism, which was wonderfully chaotic, but she’s tightened up her approach and gone full-on pop. Well, full-on pop in an alternate universe.
The video, directed by Kaspar’89 and Rubin, captures Low Factor in her natural alien habitat, a dark, strange place, with an amazing set, costume, and video effects reminiscent of Geneva Jacuzzi’s wonderful clips. Inspiring stuff! Her album Leçon de Tonnerre: Comment Créer un Orage is coming soon, but not soon enough.
Saxsyndrum have been keeping busy since releasing that fine, fine remix album back in March. Turns out they’ve been hard at work on a new EP! This one’s called SXD_EP is another great release further cementing their reputation as Canada’s premier electronic jazz deconstructionists. They’ve also released a video to go along with the EP’s single “Lac Marsan,” and it’s a lovely NFB-inspired colour bars animation directed by Catherine Morley.
You can stream the new EP on Soundcloud, and purchase it from Art Not Love Records on cassette or MP3. And Montrealers, be sure to check out the release show this Thursday with Hilotrons at Cabaret Playhouse.
The first new Blue Hawaii since the release of Untogether is definitely something to get excited about! Recorded earlier this year, the band found themselves becoming more and more dance oriented, so made two versions of the same song, “Get Happy” in their older softer style and “Get Happier” as the banger one has learned to expect from their live shows. The difference between live and recorded Blue Hawaii is always striking, and it’s interesting to see them reconcile that in their latest output.
Just in time for halloween Montreal’s irrepressible ¡FLIST! has released a spooktacular cover of “Till The Following Night” by 1960s weirdo UK singer Screaming Lord Sutch. The ¡FLIST! version eschews the sound effects and saxophones of the original in favor of his typical synth driven Bad Seedsesque slinking, managing to wring moments of genuine menace out of what is admittedly a novelty song. The Joe Meek produced original, which (bizarrely) features lead guitar from Jimmy Page, and had it’s title changed from “My Big Black Coffin” in order to “protect the innocent,” is given a neat little write up here, a worthwhile read for any fans of 60s pop oddity. Happy haunting boys and ghouls!
New Antoine93 song! Ugh, we love this guy and his alienated alien-pop – the Antoine-verse is a very distinct universe, a very bizarre place where the dance parties are strange but memorable. “The Physical Aspect of Love” is one of his strongest singles yet, and we can’t wait to hear the album that it portends. We can expect Maybe Unlock My Heart in November! Yes!!!
Torontonians, you should catch Antoine93 with Silent Shout faves Ken Park and Mathémathique this Saturday at Double Double Land.
Majical Cloudz have been busy touring with Lorde, bowling over her audiences no doubt. And to celebrate the tour’s end, they’ve decided to rework “Your Eyes,” a track originally on their 2011 debut album. This new version has more direct vocals, and a bigger, more pristine sound. Both versions are excellent! As is anything they do! (As you might recall, Impersonator was our #1 album of 2013.) You can read their heartfelt message to the people they met on tour on their Tumblr.
“Controller Down” is like a dream we didn’t know we had coming true. Galaxius Mons and Jef Barbara are two underground Montreal pop artists we love dearly, for very different reasons. Galaxius are electropop experimenters of the highest order, and their debut album was our #6 album of last year. And they’ve got none other than Canada’s premier underground pop star Jef Barbara to sing vocals on their latest single, a brass-heavy electrofunk track that pumps like no Galaxius Mons track before it. Blast it out your car stereo!
Galaxius Mons are on tour right now in Ontario and Montreal, including an appearance tonight at Nite Comfort with Silent Shout darlings Petra Glynt, Mekele and Chanteclair. Check out rest of the Galaxius Mons tour dates over at Exclaim.
Xarah Dion has dropped the Nouveau Zodiaque moniker and will be releasing her debut LP in a month.
The French dark synthwave superstar made one of our favourite songs last year, and looks to be continuing this trend moving forward into 2014 with the release of “L’asphalte chaude.” Decidedly more EDM than minimal synth, the turn has us super excited for what is to come for the project.
Video directed by Guillaume Vallée
Prolificacy and quality may often be mutually exclusive, but in the case of YlangYlang’s œuvre this clearly isn’t so: first, she kicked off the year with Blossom, a sublime collection of abstract ambient pop gems. Next was an irresistible set of ’90s Top 40 R&B covers, followed by Pyramid Island / Parallel Beaches and video game soundtrack Dream Warrior. Now we have am i being overdramatic?, YlangYlang’s latest full length album and fifth solo release of 2014. Even more intimate, fractured, and melancholic than Blossom, its intricate sound design, elegiac melodies, and dreamy, soft focus textures make for a highly rewarding listen.
Montreal electro-indie scene veteran Malcolm Fraser aka The World Provider has been a bit quiet in recent years, but luckily that’s just meant he’s been hard at work on some new material. “Pam Pam” is a brilliant new single, a subtly throbbing dance track produced by the Dears’ Murray Lightburn. Singer Stacey Dewolfe softly coos over some grooving arpeggiated synths, featuring some incredible piano work from none other than Chilly Gonzales, and the overall effect is intoxicating. It’s one of those press-play-and-repeat situations. The dark ‘n’ lovely video was directed by Kara Blake.