It’s been over a year since Violence’s wonderful debut LP Erlebnis, and new news from the Ottawa minimal synthpop duo is always greeted with excitement and dour dancing round these parts. We’ve got a new EP to look forward to! Le Théâtre is coming out soon on Montreal’s ever-amazing Visage Musique, and this first single is a solid indication that it’ll be excellent. Sublime yet restrained electronic pop with a throbbing bass, creepy synth lines, and reverbed-out vocal melodies, we’re swooning.
Amazing transformation alert! It’s been five years since Ottawa folk band The Acorn released their last album, but some of the band’s members have spent the years in between proving their electronic excellence. Silkken Laumann, featuring 2/5 of The Acorn, made our second favourite album and fourth favourite song last year – basically, they’re pretty fantastic.
So we’re super excited that The Acorn has re-emerged with an electronic single! It’s subtle at the beginning – mixed with acoustic guitar and analog percussion – but by a minute and a half in, a full-out steady synth groove develops. Rolf Klausener’s vocals sound as calm and focused as ever, their softness mixing well with the electronic backbone. We’re officially excited for their next album in May!
Ottawa’s Boyhood (Caylie Runciman) continues her trajectory into stoned-out electro space. While the core experimentation is still in tact, gone are the garage-pop sounds of days past in favour for the drum machines, keyboard and samplers you know we love. In the eyes of many, Ottawa label Bruised Tongue can do no wrong, and you can consider us among those acolytes, especially with an exciting project like Boyhood on the roster.
Oooooh, awesome new band alert! Los Echo are two different people in two different places: Kaitlin Thatcher in Toronto and Connor MacFadyen in Ottawa. They’ve just released their debut EP Bold Fire, and we have our bloggy brethren Quick Before It Melts to thank for bringing it to our attention. We’re utterly captivated by the title track, super-catchy melodic electropop with a slow ambling groove.
We’ve got on our eyes on these two. Buy Bold Fire directly from them at Bandcamp.
When Ottawa’s Violence released their debut EP last March, we declared them our spirit animal. Since it was our favourite EP of 2013, it’s understandable that the arrival of their first full-length has turned our January blues into some happy dancing. The record’s sound continues in the same vein as their previous release: artfully executed synth pop with the exact dark flavour that we love. This is more proof that Visage Musique works with the best bands.
The title is a German philosophical term for experience, and that’s exactly what you should do with this record. Bring it with you as you go about, play it in all kinds of situations, really experience it.
Silkken Laumann – On The Mend
Silkken Laumann – House Of Common Problems
2014 started with a bang! Released on New Year’s Eve, the debut album from Ottawa’s Silkken Laumann is just as good (if not better) than we were expecting. Featuring Rolf Klausener from the Acorn, Adam Saikaley from every cool Ottawa band that’s ever existed and Pat Johnson, one of the best drummers, the wait for the supergroup’s debut was well worth it. It’s well produced, but not overly so; you can tell that this is three buds making music together. Part chillwave, part bangerz, all skill and mastery, it looks like this year will finally be the one for this—until now—well kept Ottawa secret.
The album is available for free, so at this point you have no excuse.
You never know what you’re going to get with Cabaal, a highly unique producer from Ottawa/Montreal. His output of an album per year is ambitious and should be admired and though Ectoplasm is decidedly dancier than his previous output, it fits very well with the rest of his work. His vocal sample manipulation is in its finest form, and DAMN that bassline that comes in. The song is on APEX, a 6 song EP due out later this year.
Andy sees the Reaper – Tiny Ghost
Lo-fi bedroom pop from Ottawa. Really, the whole Andy sees the Reaper EP is well worth your time, but in the spirit of just-passed Halloween, we thought a song about a tiny ghost searching for love was appropriate.
Here is a wonderful, sprawling, nine-minute song from Cabaal that never overstays its welcome. Featuring some guest vocals by Romanian Ada Kaleh, a fellow Red Bull Music Academy alumni.
Cabaal will be performing at the next Silent Shout in Montreal on November 8 at Kathy & Kimy.
Another excellent track from the Bruised Tongue compilation that came out last week. Ottawa’s Mouth make sweet lo-fi disco, sort of a parallel universe version of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. We kinda wish we lived in that universe.