The Bicycles, long-lost darlings of Toronto’s indie pop scene, are finally back, and with a grandiose vision indeed. Young Drones is a high-concept rock opera about a pair of drones who defy their programmed mission to protect Northern Alberta’s oil. A repeated synth blast blares constantly thoughout the melodic, sweetly-crooned power pop gem.
Stream the whole Young Drones album on Soundcloud. Or better yet, check out Silent Shout’s presentation of Young Drones at SummerWorks, directed by Maggie MacDonald, today through Sunday in Toronto. Tickets are available here.
Triplegangers have been a major favorite for Silent Shout for a good long time now on the strength of their ridiculous live shows and a small but strong collection of recorded material. It should come as no surprise that we’re supremely excited tp hear they have an album due this year, and if Coffee and Cream, the first track from the record, is any indication it will not disappoint. Moody and perhaps a touch more atmospheric than we’re accustomed to from these guys, the track is buoyed by slick production courtesy of Ghislain Aucoin and Michael Olsen of Our Founders, that elegantly frames a nuanced vocal performance from Aucoin. Stay on the lookout for the forthcoming full length, as far as we’re concerned it can’t arrive soon enough.
Directed by Dreamedit, this new video for Light Fires‘ “I Like to Work” is a smorgasbord of snowy makeouts, and a study in contrast of bright white and orange. How much do we not miss winter?? From Light Fires’ amazing, never-gets-old debut album, still available from Bandcamp.
Light Fires is mounting an elaborate cabaret version of her live show for Silent Shout’s SummerWorks music series this weekend, Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are available here.
Neil Rankin and Chris Evans, two long fixtures of different segments of the Toronto music scene have joined forces for a new project called Body Butter. Their first track, Lights In The Hallway, is a promising start for the duo, a meditative excerpt of slickly conceived, euro disco inflected new wave. Their first live performance, occurred several weeks ago and we can report that it was transcendent. You can catch them again tonight for free at the (shameless plug) Summerworks Launch Party!
When we heard that some of the Toronto-based outfit Hush Pup were moving to Victoria, BC we feared the worst. Their EP from last year is a thing of beauty, and losing that unique, dreamy sound would have been a travesty for Canadian music fans. Well, it turns out our fears were unjustified; not only are Hush Pup back, but they are releasing a NEW EP! “Swimming” is the the first single from appropriately titled Waterwings, due for release in September.
The surreal VHS video comes from the ALSO appropriately named Toronto graphic zine Double D’s, which I suppose makes the video NSFW, but not really?
Regardless, Hush Pup are back! Rejoice! Rejoice!
We are just LOVING this experimental phase Austra’s going through with their Habitat EP and this trippy trippy video for highlight “Doepfer” is suitably weird and shifting, just like the track. Directed by Adrienne Crossman and band member Maya Postepski.
Oooooh, this is exciting, a new Make Haste EP! We are long-time fans of the uptempo Toronto indie electropop producer, but as much as we loved his previous work, he’s never sounded better than on “Get Back Home.” This is epic pop music, with guest singers Melissa Ella Warren and Lesley Davies delivering truly incredible performances.
Toronto producer No Step hasn’t released anything since 2010, but man-behind-the-moniker Fabio Neves is finally back with a new single. “Arctic Summer” is a wonderfully breezy, relaxed but contemplative track, with guitar strums and whispery hi-hats actually feeling like a summer’s day up in the far north: bright, brisk, and clear. But it works just as well when baking in the heat poolside. Available now from Bandcamp.
Here’s a very inspired Duran Duran cover from Canada’s pre-eminent electronic pop group Austra. It’s from the upcoming compilation Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to Duran Duran out August 12th, which will be an all-proceeds-to-Amnesty affair. Now we want to hear Austra cover everything!
You can buy “American Science” from iTunes.
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.