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Top 25 Albums of 2014

Posted on December 15th, by silentshout in Lists

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Year-End 2014: Top 15 EPs // Top 10 Music Videos // Top 10 Album Covers

25. Mozart’s Sister – Being

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Mozart’s Sister’s debut album dialed up her sound with a whack of polish.

24. Violence – Erlebnis

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Violence’s sound continues in the same vein as their previous release: artfully executed synth pop with the exact dark flavour that we love.

23. YlangYlang – Am I Being Overdramatic?

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The intricate sound design, elegiac melodies, and dreamy, soft focus textures on YlangYlang’s Am I Being Overdramatic? make for a highly rewarding listen.

22. JFM – Squat

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It has become very clear, both live and on record, that JFM possesses a remarkable approach to abstract electronic music

21. Lee Paradise – Water Palace Kingdom

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A gritty minimalistic post-punk record that shouldn’t astonish given Dan Lee’s pedigree, but you know what, we were still astonished – it’s a fantastic record.

20. Hansmole – Whitest Whiteness

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Victoria’s Hansmole caught us completely off guard with her spectacular synth-laden chilled-out dream pop record.

19. Galaxius Mons – GMO

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Homemade synths, superstar guest vocalists and weird intricate pop arrangements make Galaxius Mons’ sophomore release a must-listen.

18. Jay Holy – Scopolamine Dream

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Scopolamine Dream is is a strong statement from one of the city’s most original acts: emotional pleas set to a backdrop of musical freak-outs.

17. Chevalier Avant Garde – Realign

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Chevalier Avant Garde can do no wrong in our eyes, and their tape from this year is another masterful step in a near-perfect career.

16. Sean Nicholas Savage – Bermuda Waterfall

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Another year, another spectacular Sean Nicholas Savage record, it wouldn’t be the same without one.

15. Potpourri of Pearls – We Went to Heaven

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Taking us back to the days of Erasure’s best singles, this record is full of crisp and clean arpeggiated synths and killer earworm melodies.

14. Doomsquad – Kalaboogie

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Without a doubt, Doomsquad’s record proves that they are one of the most interesting bands in the world right now.

13. Hey Mother Death – Highway

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Halifax/Paris duo are in full command of a classic aesthetic which explores and reimagines some of the more artful corners of rock’s iconic past.

12. Johnny Couteau – From the Infamous Mind of a Psychoactive Runner

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Set in a dystopic coastal town near Fukushima called Tchernobeach, this John Carpenter-ish concept record took upon its own life in our imagination.

11. Zoo Owl – Hollow

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A powerful musical statement demonstrating Zoo Owl is not all smoke and mirrors, lasers and fog machines.

10. Ramzi – Bébites

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Left-field vignettes showcase Ramzi in full command of her highly distinguished aesthetic, a welcome addition to her brilliant discography.

9. Bile Sister – Faucet

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Gorgeously shrouded in overdriven minimal electronics, effects-laden vox, and left field pop leanings.

8. ¡FLIST! – Fuck You I’m Dead

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Eight years in the making, the Montrealer’s first album is a masterpiece of death, terror, and general unease.

7. Men I Trust – Men I Trust

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Melancholy electronic pop from Québec City, featuring many guest collaborations.

6. TOPS – Picture You Staring

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Montreal soft-pop group effortlessly make an even better record than their debut.

5. Owen Pallett – In Conflict

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Owen Pallett gets more electronic than ever before and makes the best album of his career. Also, Brian Eno plays some synths on it.

4. Lydia Ainsworth – Right from Real

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Arbutus Records’ latest find is a pop tour-de-force with Kate Bush-esque serenity and immaculate arrangements.

3. Caribou – Our Love

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With his fourth studio album as Caribou, Dan Snaith solidifies his status as a Canadian electronic music legend.

2. Silkken Laumann – Not Forever Enough

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The new project from Rolf Klausener was one of our most anticipated records of the year, and it did not disappoint. Bombastic electro-pop at its best.

1. Ken Park – You Think About It Too Much

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Perfect for long days walking around getting lost in your own thoughts, and at the same time ideal for a crowded house party, dancing and making memories.


Year-End 2014: Top 15 EPs // Top 10 Music Videos // Top 10 Album Covers

Pile of Best Albums: Potpourri of Pearls – We Went to Heaven

Posted on August 8th, by digits in Pile of Best Albums

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Sometimes there’s only one bedroom dance party we want to attend: one that Potpourri of Pearls is playing. The Philadelphia pop purveyors have been steadily supplying us with ear-candy pop for years now, and they never disappoint. Their second album We Went to Heaven is probably the the best underground straight-up pop record since Light Firesself-titled album of last year. Taking us back to the days of Erasure’s best singles, this record is full of crisp and clean arpeggiated synths and killer earworm melodies. From dancefloor-thumpers “Boyfriend” and “Parade” to ballads like “Up High”, the entire album is hooky beyond hooky. A worthy successor to their incredible debut Why Does Coco Cry?

Most fun uptempo electropop has this problem where it’s just entirely too happy or lacking in sufficient edge. There are rare exceptions, but sustaining this level of quality over an entire album is a far more difficult skill than it appears to be. Potpourri of Pearls are clearly masters of the the form, and can soundtrack the rare sunny day in our dark hearts anytime. They deserve to be famous. In the meantime, we’re happy to sing their praises as one of the best undiscovered electropop groups around. Purchase this masterpiece direct from them on Bandcamp.

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Top 30 Music Videos of 2013 – 20-16

Posted on December 9th, by digits in Lists

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2013 in review: Top 30 Albums // Top 30 Videos // Top 20 EPs // Top 10 Remixes

Videos: 30-26 // 25-21 // 20-16 // 15-11 // 10-6 // 5-1

20. Flist – Bug

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19. Brusque Twins – Game of Desire

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18. Austra – Painful Like

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17. Potpourri of Pearls – Island

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16. Jamaican Queens – Water

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Videos: 30-26 // 25-21 // 20-16 // 15-11 // 10-6 // 5-1

2013 in review: Top 30 Albums // Top 30 Videos // Top 20 EPs // Top 10 Remixes

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Video: Potpourri of Pearls – Boyfriend

Posted on December 6th, by farragoes in Video

Here’s a great new video from our super favorites Potpourri of Pearls.  The video features big Rocky Horror lips and the song is, predictably, spectacular.  Also, the video was directed by the group’s singer, Mr. Adam Chad Brody, who studied film at UCLA.  The track is going to be on their forthcoming album, We Went To Heaven, which will be out February 11th of next year.  Their last effort, Why Does Coco Cry? was absolutely wonderful so we’re definitely getting excited.

 

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Video: Potpourri of Pearls – Island

Posted on September 13th, by farragoes in Video

Potpourri of Pearls are back!  They put out one of the best albums of last year and the first single from the new one, due out early next year, doesn’t disappoint.  The track brings a heavily auto-tuned chorus and is as replete with hooks as some of the best tracks on Why Does Coco Cry?, and the video is quite spectacular, featuring beautiful scenery, yarmulkes and lots and lots of gay make outs.  Two make out heavy videos in one week!  We’re being spoiled.

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MP3: Potpourri of Pearls – This Whole Town

Posted on May 13th, by digits in MP3

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New electro epic from our fave Philadelphia crew, who keep delivering pure gold. Potpourri of Pearls!

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Video: Potpourri of Pearls – Chickadee

Posted on April 4th, by farragoes in Video

 

Potpourri of Pearls have made a new video and I will dutifully post it here for your viewing pleasure.  This one appears to be a new track from them and it is unsurprisingly great and features that pitch-shifted vocal effect that those Montreal kids have made so popular recently.  The video is probably not safe for work.  Maybe?  A beefcake advisory is in effect.

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Video: Potpourri of Pearls – Diamond Harbor

Posted on March 25th, by farragoes in Video

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Another Potpourri of Pearls video!  A trip to the orthodontist.  This is one of our very favorite tracks from the record and the video doesn’t disappoint.  I love this band too much.

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Video: Potpourri of Pearls – Good Arrangement

Posted on March 13th, by farragoes in Video


It looks like Potpourri of Pearls are going to release a video for every track on Why Does Coco Cry?  We’re totally fine with that.  This might be the best one yet.

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Video: Potpourri of Pearls – Shadow on My Shoulder

Posted on February 12th, by farragoes in Video

Potpourri of Pearls – Shadow on My Shoulder

Potpourri of Pearls seem determined to release a video for every song on Why Does Coco Cry? and that is totally fine with us.  This one shares the slightly unnerving, pink-hued aesthetic of their last video and features some spectacular make-up.

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