2012 has been the strongest year in memory for Canadian electronic pop. Established artists started new electronic projects, amazing new talents appeared seemingly out of nowhere, and one of our shining stars became a superstar recognized the world over. Canada is clearly at the epicenter of the zeitgeist – it’s a testament to the unbelievable talent in this country that we have 100 songs to present to you as the best of the year, and STILL had to exclude so many excellent tracks.
Montreal and Toronto may still have the most representatives of any Canadian city, but dark electro is thriving everywhere, from Halifax to Calgary, Ottawa to Vancouver, and exciting new hotbeds appearing in London, Ontario, and Grande Prairie, Alberta. We’re not too exclusively nationalist here at Silent Shout, so border states (minus NYC) appear too, with artists from Minneapolis, Seattle, and Brattleboro, Vermont making our list.
A huge thank you to all our readers, the folks who attend our events, and the bands that make brilliant music across this land for making 2012 an unforgettable year for us. Here’s to an even bigger 2013 for Canadian electronic music.
99. Gold & Youth – Time to Kill
96. Suuns – Edie’s Dream
94. Yves Son Ace – Wallet Song
90. Drug Train – Idioms
88. Solar Year – Night and Day
87. Zooey – You
86. Gold Zebra – Dark Musique
85. Warm Myth – Gonna Gun
80. Nyteowl – EZ Boy
Skeleton Hands – Dry Blood (Parallels Cover)
Ooooh, did not know these guys. Great evil synthpop from the southernmost extreme of the region we write about, Cincinnati, OH. Skeleton Hands have been at it for over a year though, with a ton of originals for you to discover. Today, however, we’re writing about their brand new Songs of Songs covers EP. The Nirvana and Parallels covers are our picks of the lot, but venture to Soundcloud to hear the rest, including songs by Depeche Mode, Ministry, PJ Harvey, and Nine Inch Nails.
In case you haven’t heard, it is worth noting in this space that our beloved friend and colleague Digits is making his return to Toronto at the Garrison this Saturday night. It should be a great show, featuring
and DJ sets from Digits and ARP2600. It’s $10 at the door and tickets are available for $8 at Soundscapes and Rotate This. Hope we see you there!
Parallels have just released some new tracks for streaming, and it’s awesome as usual – we need more bands channeling Madonna on these pages. XII is coming out on June 26 and we can’t wait.
13. Bonjay – Stumble
As you probably noticed, Silent Shout is a blog, and is therefore morally and legally obligated to post a year-end best-of list. It’s been an excellent year for Canadian electronic music and an excellent inaugural year for Silent Shout. Canada definitely has some of the best indie electronic acts in the world and there are plenty more that we weren’t able to include on this list. That said, here are our champions! Yesterday: our top albums and music videos. Today and tomorrow: our top songs of the year!
31. DVAS – Society
23. Tonetta – My Bro
22. Doldrums – Euphoria (watch video)
And that’s it for today. Tomorrow, the thrilling conclusion.
As you probably noticed, Silent Shout is a blog, and is therefore morally and legally obligated to post a year-end best-of list. It’s been an excellent year for Canadian electronic music and an excellent inaugural year for Silent Shout. Canada definitely has some of the best indie electronic acts in the world and there are plenty more that we weren’t able to include on this list. That said, here are our champions! Today: our top albums and music videos. Tomorrow and Thursday: our top songs.
Top 5 Albums
Top 15 Music Videos
15. Bishop Morocco – Last Year’s Disco Guitars
14. Cosmetics – Soft Skin
13. Coyote Clean Up – Downhill Exxxpress
12. Blue Hawaii – Dream Electrixra
11. Humans – Bike Home
10. Silly Kissers – Precious Necklace
9. Caribou – Sun
8. Diamond Rings – Show Me Your Stuff
7. Doldrums – Painted Black
6. Jef Barbara – Larmes de Crocodile
5. Parallels – Dry Blood
4. Miramichi – This Lettuce is Pathetic
3. Jef Barbara – Wild Boys
2. Diamond Rings – Wait & See
1. Doldrums – Euphoria