A new Austra single is a “stop everything that you’re doing right now” moment. So, please stop, watch this video and dance as much as your abilities/location allows. “Utopia” is pop music gem, with much of the band’s signature style intact. There’s creepiness abounding, layer upon layer of amazing vocal production all set to backdrop of amazing synth programming and production. The song is the first new thing we’ve heard from the operatic superstar in quite some time, but there’s much more to come with the release of Future Politics out January 20 on Domino.
It’s been nearly a year since we last heard from Toronto dark synthpop virtuoso Novie, and her latest EP Tender Wilderness arrives not a moment too soon. It’s got a slightly more evil edge than her past work, such as on standout single “Hope and the Ghost”, which more than maintains its pop cred with Novie’s stunning voice ringing out clear over the sinister synth soundscape. It shouldn’t be surprising that we’re very into this.
Tender Wilderness is available now from Bandcamp.
Wolf Saga has mastered the timeless art of the electro-ified cover. His version of MGMT’s “Kids” is a classic, not to mention his take on The Strokes “You Only Live Once.” Now we have another one for the record books, with “Sway” originally recorded by The Kooks. Just TRY to not be sucked in from the first moment that bass line hits. The falsetto vocal layering in the prechorus is also catchy as all heck. If you haven’t gone down the rabbit hole of Wolf Saga’s oeuvre, both his covers and amazing originals, then treat yourself and go to his Bandcamp ASAP.
Have you ever wanted to live like a dog for a day? Be excited about everything, run around, be free? Dreamy Toronto outfit Hush Pup channels that experience in this new video featuring its own pup: a black pug that relaxes and prances through a forest filtered through soft light, looking equal parts happy and wise. It’s all soundtracked by last year’s beautiful “Hisyo’s Jungle,” a gem that we can’t revisit enough.
Michele Nox‘s music has always been an overwhelmingly beautiful affair. Celestial reverb trails, stunning original production, and of course, her jaw-dropping, ever-soaring voice. Monolith marks her full arrival as Canada’s preeminent ambient pop songwriter, a breathtaking new album that was composed, produced, sung, and performed by Michele herself, save some key guitar/bass contributions from Scott Hardware (whose latest record Mutate Repeat Infinity is also unquestionably one of the year’s very best). Highlight “Heaven” is merely the tip of this 10,000 ton iceberg of a record, which also includes brilliantly tempestuous lead single “Poison”. But the whole album is definitely a must-listen – entire worlds await within.
Monolith is available now from Bandcamp.