“Curtains?!” is unquestionably one of the best singles of the year, a standout from Timber Timbre’s masterful Hot Dreams. But of course, as an electronic blog, part of us always wonders: “What if there was just more synth in there?” Well today we get a hypnotic, grooving, epic journey of a remix from Toronto’s psychedelic electronic superstars Doomsquad, featuring a guest vocal from Simone Schmidt (of Fiver, One Hundred Dollars). In your face and unrelentless, it’s a deep and bassy track that is darker and more urgent than their amazing February debut Kalaboogie. Such a good combination! One of the best remixes of the year.
Ginla, that duo that met in Boston but now do their thing in Toronto, just put out a great follow-up to “Almost Plastic.” “Things You Have” is a very shoegazy electronic pop track featuring some of the breathiest synths and singing we’ve ever come across. Very cool sound! This is going to be on their forthcoming EP Dreaming In Circles, out November 11. We’ll be watching for it.
Toronto’s Ken Park eats a falafel on a deserted beach, sometimes singing in between bites, and it’s still somehow mesmerizing. This video for hypnotic You Think About it Too Much highlight “Stay At Mine” was directed by Eduardo Sánchez and shot in Barcelona on Ken Park’s summer tour with Phèdre.
Ken Park plays Toronto tonight with Silent Shout faves Antoine93 and Mathématique at Double Double Land. Can’t miss!
Toronto’s Ev Ree Wuhn have been dormant as of late, so it makes sense that they will be releasing their first full length later this year. As a teaser for things to come, the trio have released the atmospheric and glitchy double A-side single above, featuring guest vocals from Devin Wilson of Bravestation and some pretty damn neat bleeps and bloops. We’re definitely intrigued, and will be keeping our ears alert for any new developments moving forward.
Our friends in Tony Ho have sneakily gone and directed one of the best videos of the year. Featuring brother sister duo Brave Shores with one of the catchiest indie-pop songs we’ve heard this side of Icona Pop, the Toronto sketch troupe have created a colourful world of awesome hair and beautiful people. Keep your eyes peeled for a brief a cameo from Roxanne, Silent Shout’s own resident artist as the girl with the bubble gum.
Oh, it’s always so nice to be reminded how mindblowingly amazing Princess Century is. Lossless, one of the best albums of last year, was full of great (and sinister, and strange) singles. Let’s revisit “Palace,” because she just put out a beautiful new video for it, directed by Cosmotropia de Xam. A chaotic journey from one strange visual to the next, it’s a great way to experience the song.
Lossless is still available on Bandcamp, and it’s still so so so good.
Kontravoid has expanded with Votive: the new side-project from everyone’s favourite dark-wave mask-enthusiast, and we definitely love what we hear! Adding vocalist Kat Duma and more of a dance-club vibe to the proceedings makes the project more in keeping with Cam Findlay’s previous projects Parallels and Crystal Castles.
And apparently, they’ve been busy: in the span of 24 hours, the band dropped the video (above, directed by Nadia Khashan), and EP (below) and the news that they are opening for TRUST tomorrow at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. Really, there couldn’t be a more appropriate pairing.
Oh, this collaboration has Silent Shout written all over it: a Toronto team-up featuring producer Swim Good and dreamy electropop band RLMDL. It combines both of their strengths spectacularly, resulting in an airy track anchored by a blistering arpeggiated bass that might be the song’s star. Can’t mess with that chorus though. We missed it back in September (when it premiered on Stereogum) but hey, now we get to post it along with this Jakub Blank-directed video they just released today. That worked out!
Bazarian, one of our favourite Ableton noodlers, has released one of the strangest videos of the year. Half-way between disgusting and beautiful, he immerses his seemingly naked body in ladybugs, who are free to just roam around his body. It’s a eerily serene sight, but also an experience we would not wish upon ourselves or our worst enemies.
The song is a pared-back ambient experience, and hopefully a sign of new material on the way. It’s been far too long since we’d heard anything from this project.
Fresh Snow have long been one of the most forward-thinking and consistently interesting experimental rock bands in Toronto, and their live shows tend to be rather mind-blowing. Also they wear masks sometimes! Their latest single “Blood in the Sun,” done for Scion Sessions, is a frantic, noisy odyssey which begins innocuously enough but quickly becomes a furious, pummelling, instrumental rock epic.
The video, directed and animated by Nick Sewell and Hector Herrera, depicts an unrelenting star (probably our sun) destroying everything in its path in an effort to destroy our beloved protagonists. But, as we all learned as youngsters, if your heart be true, and you declare your love in the belly of a giant stone bird, even the most bloodthirsty fireball will have pity on your fragile romance. But might incinerate you anyways? We’re a bit unclear if there’s a happy ending here. Regardless, Fresh Snow can subject us to their blistering solar heat anytime.