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Premiere: p0st3rb0y – Despise (New Silence)

Kenton Smith aka p0st3rb0y has long been an essential denizen of the Toronto underground, rocking countless stages (well, floors) with his brilliantly chaotic electronic noise-pop from a dark future. And he’s set to release a new EP, his first since 2014. Get Fucked is out August 2 on cassette on Heretical Objects, and we’re honoured to premiere the video for “Despise (New Silence)”.

Directed by David Waldman with animations by Paloma Dawkins, the intimate black-and-white video captures Smith in a windowless room surrounded by musical equipment. Full of close-ups and animated tears, it pairs well with the emotional, cathartic energy of the song, which lurches unpredictably from menacingly anticipatory bass synths to explosive in-the-red noise choruses. All in all, it’s a stunning track, and one of the year’s hardest-hitting.

Get Fucked is available now for pre-order from Bandcamp. And if you’re in Toronto, be sure to check out the Get Fucked release show, which we’re co-presenting with Heretical Objects on August 10 at the Smiling Buddha, where p0st3rb0y will be joined by Silent Shout faves Lee Paradise, The Marquis, and Johnny.

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Werewolves, Beware! – I want your Life

Darkwave outfit WEREWOLVES, BEWARE! take a dive down the rabbit hole of social media-spawned envy on “I Want Your Life,” the second track off of their new EP, Rey Drecker. Swarms of synths swell and surge through the opening silence, inundating the track with an electrifying energy. Haunting vocals, mainly comprised of frenzied shouts, intertwine with the track’s cosmic instrumental to form a menacing yet irresistible strain of dance-inducing electronica. Ultimately, with their eccentric disco-meets-grunge concoction, this Toronto/Calgary duo create a fiery track that captivates us with every listen.

“I Want Your Life” is now available along with the rest of Rey Drecker via Bandcamp.

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Joseph Shabason – Aytche

Here’s something lovely and unexpected: Joseph Shabason, one of the members of Toronto reigning soft-pop monarchs Diana, is putting out a solo record! Aytche is coming out at the end of summer, but the title track is already with us, and it’s a stunning, meditative listen. Featuring muted trumpet over the most wondrous burbling synths, it’s a subtly fascinating composition that’s worthy of the ambient greats. Can’t wait for the whole album!

Aytche is out August 25, and is available now for pre-order from Western Vinyl.

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