What’s that refreshing breeze of pure, unadulterated 80’s inspired pop? Why, it’s the debut single from new Toronto trio Monarch! “In My Blood” is bright and shiny, synthy glee that is just a pure pleasure and deserving of multiple listens. Based on this single, we can’t wait to hear more from this project.
Goddamn, Maylee Todd is just not quitting with the cool videos this year. Back in April there was the vivid and beautiful Cuba-shot video for “Poetry of Intution” and now we’re treated to another: Jared Sales’s supremely psychedelic vid for “Homegurl”. No idea how this sumptuous and otherwordly visual universe was created, but it’s magnificent and oh so colourful. The track itself is a lovely, meandering psychedelic electronic soul tune that just floats along. Beautiful summer vibes!
We have been anticipating the released of Odonis Odonis‘ second album since the first amazing singles “Needs” and “Nervous.” Sounding like a love-child between Factory Floor and Skinny Puppy, we knew that they had tapped into something amazing, and thankfully the album follows through on all of that promise.
Post Plague is massive and eschews the minimalism that so often permeates the darker corners of this style of music. The record is aggressive without being grating, and surprisingly serene at other moments. Songs like “Game” maintain the noisy tropes they’ve established for themselves, but is structured almost like a ballad. Others like “Betrayal” are a cacophonous bombardment of high-energy, fast BPMed anxiety.
Every song is chock-a-block with Denholm Whale’s noisy guitars and ominous but bumping bass-lines, vocalist Dean Tzenos’ signature yelp and Jarod Gibson’s gigantic sounding drums that wouldn’t sound out of place on a steel mill assembly line.
Odonis Odonis is a collaborative effort through-and-through, with each member having a unique and discernible contribution to the overall sound. Their frenetic energy is unparalleled, as is their willingness to experiment while keeping a tight pop leashes on each track–album opener “Fearless” with its tone-setting arpeggiated synth line is the longest song timing in at 4:17. We herald them greatly and gladly bestow Post Plague our Album of The Week.
We’re thrilled to share with you Dirty Inputs‘ eerie, menacing and beautifully-shot video for “Less Talk More Magic.” Directed by Henry Sansom and designed by Silent Shout’s own Roxanne Ignatius, the video features the Toronto ambient-drone maestro driving around the city while everything around him morphs into some subtle pixelating effects. It’s very cool and off-putting. Zoo Owl makes a quick cameo in full costume, as do Most People, who play a band of misfit partiers who seem bent on ruining the driver’s night.
The song is equally as menacing with a throbbing bass-line that feels right at home during the neon-tinted nighttime driving session. Producer Aaron Dawson then builds the music off a serene guitar line into a breath-taking crescendo when the drums kick in around the 3:30 minute mark. Add synth string swells and more atmosphere and you’ve get real ominous moods on you hands.
“Less Talk More Magic” is the first single of The Runcible, Dirty Inputs’ next record, out now on Toronto label Paper+Sound. Join them at Array Space July 7 for their record release show with Cares and Memorex presented by Invocation.
The music of Princess Century–especially her most recent instrumental work–lends itself to the cinematically weird, and that’s exactly what we get in her latest. The video for “Metro” could go toe-for-toe with some of the quirkiest and best videos from the 90’s (think Spike Jonze or Gondry’s early work), and perfectly suits the inherent weirdness at the heart of the Toronto-now-Europe-based producer.
“Metro” is the closing track on last year’s phenomenal Progress LP, which is definitely worth a listen if for some reason you’ve waited this long to do so.