Sexy Merlin 4ever! This is one that will be familiar to anyone who has had the good fortune to catch Mr Merlin in person as its a long time staple of his always remarkable live sets. It delivers exactly what we’ve all grown to expect from this project, heavy rhythm, hypnotic vocals and intense realness. God bless the good ship Sexy Merlin. Long may it sail upon a clear and open sea.
Zoo Owl – Twin Mirror
Zoo Owl has always had a strong visual component that goes along with his intensely danceable psychedelic electropop grooves. A typical performance involves his signature light goggles and a dazzling array of colourful light beams shooting through the mist. So it should come as no surprise that his first-ever music video is a perfect expression of the project’s mysterious electro-pastoral vibes.
In this video directed by “OzO Vision,” we learn the origin story of the Zoo Owl: he was granted mystical powers and magical eyewear by a forest seer. Therefore all his brilliant music is a result of supernatural performance enhancement. The video is beautifully shot and definitely one of our favourites we’ve seen this year. Premiered by Exclaim.
Ark Analog, the Toronto electronic pop duo composed of Maylee Todd and Dan Werb, released their killer debut EP Dirty Power back in January, and just put out their first video! Directed by Matthew Swanson, the video is for their now-classic jam “Make Me A Mirror” and features a cast of children and an awesome day-and-night reflecting split-screen effect. And things get real trippy at the very end. Laser-multiplied Maylee!
And that EP? You can grab it for free here.
Toronto bloggerguy Digits who shamelessly engages in editorial conflicts of interest just dropped a new video and mixtape, both going by the name of Shake Your Body Down. Writing in third person while pretending to somehow be objective about this, it’s noteworthy that he worked with some most excellent collaborators, including Doomsquad, Pick a Piper, and Valerie Dour. The video was directed by Andrew Olivares, who also directed this fine fine Beta Frontiers vid.
Silent Shout is presenting the Toronto release party at Encore Studios on February 28, and Digits is also opening for Doomsquad’s Kalaboogie release party in Montreal this Saturday, February 22. You can grab Shake You Body Down as a free download from Digits’ site or on cassette from Pleasence Records.
New Yacht Club for Valentines Day!!!! This is always exciting stuff for us and Ben Cook and Matt DeLong have delivered in a serious way as they always always do. The video is also great fun and was apparently shot in Belgrade. Happy Valentines Day!
Doomsquad continue their string of amazing videos, two of which made our faves-of-2013 list. This time we’re called upon to embark on an astral journey with the band through the Major Arcana, set to the wonderfully propulsively trippy “Waka Waka,” a highlight from their soon-to-be-released debut album Kalaboogie. Directed by Ghostprom.
If you’re in Montreal, Silent Shout is throwing a party at New Drones Club to celebrate Kalaboogie‘s release. It’s out Feb 25 on Hand Drawn Dracula and No Pain in Pop. Prepare thyselves.
If you live in Toronto, it’s an undeniable fact that Phèdre wrote one of the best summer jam ever with “In Decay.” That song was EVERYWHERE when it came out in 2012. Their two albums, last year’s Golden Age and a self-titled debut in 2012, are amazing and will hold up for generations to come. They also have one of the weirdest, most engaging live shows this side of our namesake.
We’re thrilled to co-present them on the Thursday February 13th instalment of the Wavelength Festival at the Silver Dollar with many other amazing bands. Daniel Lee of Phèdre (and the also amazing Hooded Fang) took some time out of his day to pick some bands he loves and the reasons for that.
Man Made Hill is a king in my mind. He goes the distance in performance, videos, and his skewed-disco epic tracks.
I’ve been a fan of Castle If for a little while now. The tracks on this release are really long, and that is just fine with me. It sounds thoughtful and and kind of invokes feelings of warm insanity.
Zacht Automaat are one of the few groups that we’ve listened to a lot this year. These recordings are mindblowing, as is the rate of output. We are blessed to have this in our city. I don’t even have words to explain it. A compilation was just released on Calico Co.
Ken Park makes really good emotion-inducing hypnotic dance tracks. A nice debut record coming out soon, which I can’t wait for. He also has perfect pitch hearing, and I don’t understand how that is possible.
Ice Cream are an amazing Toronto duo, with just one track up so far. We met Carlyn through her guitar playing work with Blonde Elvis, and she exudes the same class and great taste in playing in this group. Her bandmate is also awesome. The overall aesthetic is ice and minimal and drum machine driven, but nice and analog as well, with live bass and keys. Smart pop.
Our favourite croony warbler is back with one of the most endearing videos of the year. There’s a clear step up in fidelity with this song, the first Elrichman has put out since his delightful 7″ in 2012. It might be, in part, because our own dutiful Farragoes (who also plays with Elrichman in the band Gay) produced it, giving the record the tender care that it deserves.
I envy all of you who get to watch this video for the first time. I hope you experience the pure unadulterated joy that I did when the bit with the pineapples happens.
There’s a very defined group of collaborators developing in Toronto. I don’t know who is the individual or group responsible for bringing these people together, but clearly Petra Glynt (and her label Healing Power) has something to do with it. Of these collaborators, the latest to come onto our radar is Pale Eyes from Toronto. They just released this excellent remix of Petra Glynt’s War Cry. Let the collaborations continue!
So here’s a hugely exciting collaboration between our very own Digits and our very favorites Doomsquad. They began work on this project in the summer at Gas Station Studios on the Toronto Island and the track was co-produced by Toronto musician and frequent Digits live member Valerie Dour. It’s a really spectacular track, with the fingerprints of each group clear throughout, each pulling the other slightly outside of their respective comfort zones, with Digits bringing his airy, slick pop sensibility, and Doomsquad providing their customary swirling hypnosis. The track is going to appear on Digits’ new Shake Your Body Down mixtape, which we will be holding the release party for in Toronto on February 28th, and both acts will be playing together at the Montreal release show for Doomsquad’s debut LP. No word on whether there’s a live collaboration in the works, but here’s hoping!