We use the word “haunting” a lot to describe the videos here, but it’s a ridiculously appropriate adjective for the most recent from Montreal’s Solar Year. Directed by Allie Avital Tsypin, it has a definite post-apocalyptic Tarkovskian feel. The video launch coincides with the release of the much anticipated Waverly, their album, out today on Ceremony.
Montreal’s Solar Year are getting some love from the biggies with the release of their latest single. The song, which closely resembles something from our namesake, is from the album Waverley, set to be rereleased June 25th on Ceremony.
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.
Montreal’s Solar Year put out a 7″ this week, on No Fear of Pop’s brand new label Stratosfear. “Night and Day” is a perfect bit of ambient pop and we’re glad to see it’s getting attention from the likes of the Fader. Their LP Waverly will be out next year on Ceremony/Splendour.
Here’s a solemn mining video from Montreal’s Solar Year, featuring Grimes on backing vocals, a track we blogged about in the summer. The video was directed by Emily Kai Bock, who’s been making some of the bestvideos of the year.
Um, Solar Year from Montreal – what is going on with all these amazing new artists? Grimes turns in a brilliant guest vocal near the end of the song. Solar Year’s new album Waverly was recently premiered underwater in a Montreal swimming pool and it can currently be heard on their website.