Electric Youth‘s grand return!!! Finally, after the crazy success of “A Real Hero” and the incredible Sally Shapiro collaboration “Starman”, Electric Youth are at long last gearing up to release their debut album Innerworld. This first single “Runaway” is a soaring, floating, electro ballad that’s still highly danceable, and definitely seems influenced by the work of Sally Shapiro and Johan Agebjorn, as of course all good music should be. Very promising! This album could be glorious indeed.
Innerworld is out September 30. You can pre-order it on vinyl, CD, and MP3 from Last Gang Records.
Regular readers know we have a penchant for posting all things Beta Frontiers and all things Weaves. Well today, we get an idea of what an amalgam band (Beta Waves or Beta Weaves?) would sound like, as our favourite Toronto electronic producer gets to slather his magic all over Weaves’ now-classic-seeming “Motorcycle”. It’s now got his characteristic shimmery, summery bounce. Probably good cycling music! From the Weaves Remixed EP, featuring remixes by our faves J FM, Babe Rainbow, Thomas and more, out now on Buzz Records.
Weaves is performing a special one-time-only theatrical collaboration with Allison Cummings entitled “Weaves Through Time” on August 10 in Toronto, part of the Summerworks Music Series curated by Silent Shout.
Kira May might still be a relative newcomer to the Toronto electronic scene, but her loop-based compositions and performances have been attracting attention from all corners, and we were not immune. So we’re ever-so-pleased to get to premiere this Delta Will remix of “Visions,” the closing track from her excellent January EP HEALTH. Delta Will take the meditative and languid original into a much more uptempo direction, chopping up Kira’s many vocal samples and turning it into a slightly-frantic, but still grooving, head-bopper of a track.
If you’re in Toronto, Kira May opens for Nat Baldwin (of Dirty Projectors) and Black Walls this Thursday at Wavelength at the Monarch Tavern, which seems like a show well worth seeing indeed.
Mekele excels at crafting gorgeous, immersive music, and his latest production “Ānanda” is no exception. Eschewing the beat-driven aspects of 2012′s Nocturne EP, this track evokes the transcendental and celestial qualities found only in the finest ethereal electronic ambient music. With its widescreen sound design and ornate arrangement, “Ānanda” showcases Mekele’s remarkable musicality, imagination, and technical skill.
The last we heard from the inimitable Bile Sister, she was guesting on a Janet Jackson cover with Montreal’s YlangYlang. It must have been a great collaborative fit, since this new song comes to us from a compilation by Jeunesse Cosmique, a label that represents other featured artists such as Telephone Maison, Hazy Montagne Mystique, and YlangYlang herself. The compilation is called “tripping” after its stoner vibes, but it could also easily refer to the unpredictable and uneven beat of this particular offering.
We have been waiting ever-so-impatiently for the debut album from Toronto woodland electropop experimenter Zoo Owl, and we’re feeling incredibly fortunate that we also get to premiere it. Without further ado, the magnificent Hollow, which we’re proud to be adding to our Pile of Best Albums today.
When performing live, Zoo Owl (aka Bryan Sutherland) wears goggles that emit beams of light, and fully inhabits an enigmatic avian character. His videos (which he himself directs) further develop this persona, and the video he released last week for “Left Alone” continues the origin story laid out in “Twin Mirror”. But as in awe of all this story and spectacle as we were, there was always the question of how this material would translate on record. Well, Hollow soundly answers that concern. This debut is a powerful musical statement that amply demonstrates that Zoo Owl is not all theatrical smoke and mirrors, lasers and fog machines.
From about a minute into opening track “Twin Mirror” we first descend into his swampy electronic forest. Dark, grimy, electronic, his music seems to maintain a deep affinity with the natural world despite his constant expert use of arpeggiators and rigid drum programming. There are many parallels to be drawn between Zoo Owl and Toronto contemporaries like Doldrums and Phèdre, but he’s clearly staked out his own territory, and he can move between different takes of the genre with ease. “Left Alone” is cool cutting-edge arpeggiated synthpop-noir, “Breakout” is a bubbling chirping rave-up, “Ritual Revival” a Thom Yorke-esque electro-ballad, and “Vantom” is a wonderfully paranoid breakbeat track. Despite these disparate styles, they’re all unified by the vocals, lyrics, and the persona of the Zoo Owl. No easy feat. Hollow is a masterful first release from a remarkably creative new talent on the Canadian electronic music scene. Buy it from Bandcamp.
The release party for Hollow is July 17 at Canton Chili in Toronto, with Sexy Merlin opening. $5 or $10 with buffet.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Dan Lee of Phedre, Hooded Fang, Tonkapuma, and really just every band in the entire world, has a new video out for, Farisian, a stand out track from his recent solo debut LP under the name Lee Paradise. Lots of quick cuts and vhs era effects in this one, to accompany Lee’s frenetic boogie. The LP, Water Palace Kingdom, is out on Pleasence Records and Not Unlike, and is available here. We recommend it highly.
Allie X is all about hit singles, apparently. The ultra-catchy “Catch” has not left our heads since it first entered, and now we’re faced with this MONSTER. It’s seems a teensy bit crafted to mine the popularity of both Lana del Rey and Grimes, but damned if we care because it’s masterful and is exactly what we want to be listening to these days. The video, a psychedelic journey to the supermarket, is equally wonderful. Directed by Jungle George. Download it for free from Soundcloud.
We’re shuddering with anticipation for the release of the debut album from Montreal favourite Mozart’s Sister (next month!!), but until then we’ll be listening to her excellent remix of Trust‘s “Rescue, Mister“. She replaced the thumping bass with a hectic collection of top-end sounds, but the real power of this is the updated vocals, a combination of both artists’ voices.
We have been waiting ever-so-impatiently for Hollowm the debut album from Toronto woodland electropop experimenter Zoo Owl, and his most recent video does not disappoint. Possibly a continuation of the origin story laid out in the “Twin Mirror” video, our avian hero scours train tracks and a bridge to find some sort of power-enhancing artifact. Huge arpeggiators!