We haven’t heard from Montreal electronic pop auteur Tess Roby in some time, and we should have known that means she’s been busy cooking up something big. “Ballad 5” is a stunning, wondrously dreamy, instant-classic slow-burning electronic ballad (mixed by Johnny Jewel!), and it arrives with a meditative, sumptuously red video shot on Super 8, directed by Roby herself and Hugo Bernier. The best news of all? She’ll be releasing her debut full-length album this year! On Italians Do It Better. We don’t yet know when, but we’ll just wander the streets aimlessly trying to find meaning until we can hear it.
“Ballad 5″ is available now on 12” with a lovely b-side from Italians Do It Better.
Mix: Best of October 2015
1. Denique – Vegvísir
2. Françoise – To the Stage
3. West Nile – Lucifer Baby
4. High Jinx – Close to the Sun
5. Foxtrott – Beyond our Means
6. Tess Roby – Plasticine Hills
7. Antoine93 – Me and the Sound
8. Brusque Twins – Sick Pig
9. Keita Juma – H O L Y
10. Germany Germany feat. Kotomi – If I Stay
11. Look Vibrant – Miracle
12. Cocobeurre – Crystal Boy
13. Fog Lake – Shanty Town
14. TIO – Seeing it Go
15. Maarten Bayliss – Both Ends Broken
16. Pony Girl – Candy
17. Tops – Hollow Sounds of the Morning Chimes
18. Bobby Uzoma – Sleeve
19. Majical Cloudz – Downtown
Tess Roby is a name we haven’t heard lately around these parts. We were huge fans of her earlier solo work, as well as the remarkable EP she put out as a member of She Divides. But there’s something about her latest single “Plasticine Hills” that suggests that all that was just a prelude. The closest touchstone for her new sound is probably Austra, but the beats are a little warmer and the synths far less bombastic, and it makes for a wonderfully melancholy combination. Very impressive vocal abilities on display here too! Dark operatic synthpop, how could we not be down with this?