Oh my, Ottawa electric pow-wow progenitors’ A Tribe Called Red‘s new album. Been waiting for this one!
We don’t usually post a lot of rap on the blog, but A Tribe Called Red really holds it down on the production front, and with the addition of Das Racist in the mix, I couldn’t resist. Grab the free download while it lasts.
Ottawa’s Common Citizens have waded into the increasingly dense crowd of Canadian musicians doing the EBM thing with their new track Strength In Numbers. Dark, minimal, and propulsive, its a step in an interesting direction. We’re excited to see what they do next.
Two triumphant returns in one day! Ottawa’s Silkken Laumann just released the latest single from their eventual full-length Not Forever Enough. We’re enamoured with all of the songs we’ve heard from this Acorn side-project so far, and are pretty damn excited to hear more.
Good stuff! Mad Max footage? Video games? Purple filter? Kickass song? Thank you Crust (Chris Bush)!
Chris Bush – The oceans rust and then Maple Leaf Top Dogs go on sale at Loblaws
Ottawa continues to blow us away! Lately, everything we hear from there is goddamn amazing, and the new song from local Chris Bush (also known as Crust) is no different. Smooth and retro. Smoothly retro. Ugh, it’s great listening to his music. Guys, listening to music is great IN GENERAL, but in this specific instance, we like listening to his music the most.
Also, LOOK at that song title!
Violence – Façades
Every so often a band comes out of the woodwork that so captures the spirit of what Silent Shout is all about that it’s instant love-at-first-listen. More and more over the past few years, those bands have come from Montréal record label Visage Musique. Rarely will they add a new band to their roster, so it’s a momentous occasion when they do. It’s thrilling to discover a new act as good and fully formed as Violence, their rookie starting point guard.
Ottawa outfit Violence’s (pronounced the French way) beautiful take on minimal synth music expertly leads you through a range of emotions. It’s equally appropriate for when being bombarded by snow as it is for sunny afternoons spent in the park. People will break up at the beginning of one song, then start making out at the chorus. That isn’t to say the band is confused about what they’re trying to do—this is a decidedly confident debut EP. These are masterfully arranged and intricate synth-pop songs that evoke goths dancing to Deux in a 1980’s Parisian basement, while simultaneously sounding utterly timeless.
This post first appeared as part of our New Zero Canada column on Berlin’s No Fear of Pop.
So far, we’re super impressed with Cabaal’s output. Last year, the Ottawa band’s trap inspired record blew us away and ended up on our year-end best-of list. Now they’re at it again with their second album Liminality. Comparisons to Purity Ring are unavoidable, but once you get past that, it’s an entirely different beast. Dare we say, better? Each song has it’s unique character and sound, while still saying true to the core ideals of the project.
Cabaal’s Liminality can be downloaded for PWYC on their bandcamp.
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