WHOA. Here’s one of Detroit techno progenitors Kevin Saunderson (!) remixing Austra‘s “Home.” A 12″ is on the way with an Ital remix too. That couldn’t-be-anticipated-more next Austra album Olympia is out June 18.
Home Alone‘s Teddybears & Weed comes to us from dreary suburbs of Toronto, and its studied, meandering lo-fi grandeur is a testament to the benefits of semi-urban isolation. Its languid tempos, heavy reverb and bedroom and basement production create a space that is at once limited and expansive, building a sense of wonder and possibility through understated means. Beneath the layers of fuzz and delay there is a sharp pop sensibility at work, perhaps most evident in the reeling sample driven stomp of the title track, which recalls Toronto’s lo-fi heroes of yesteryear The Russian Futurists. Elsewhere, “Sleep.Walk.In” delivers a Buddy Holly guitar lick at a glacial pace, while the leadoff track, “Keep Breathing”, is a hypnotic semi-instrumental trip, gradually building through a haze of unintelligible vocal samples. “Teenage Tide might be the highlight, shambling along under the power of a jangly lead guitar line it’s reminiscent of The Shins’ pre-Shins band Flake Music, but with a greater eye for adventure. Over the album’s six songs there really isn’t a bad track and they hold together remarkably well, its a near-perfect dispatch from too-stoned suburbia.
Teddybears & Weed is available as a download on bandcamp and in a physical format through Orchid Tapes. This post first appeared in our column on No Fear of Pop.
Denmother – You Will Never
We’ve always been impressed by Denmother and everything she’s done so far. With the release of her latest song, we’ve gone from loving her, to willing to follow her to the ends of the earth and back. This is some next level shit, and we can’t wait for the release of her tape on I had an Accident Records later this year.
Miss Elizabeth – Ein Weißwein
Silent Shout crony Farragoes’s excellent (in our unavoidably-clouded-by-bias judgment) noisy synth-pop band Miss Elizabeth delivers another great single to match their glorious first track “Richmond Girls.” This one was premiered over at My Old Kentucky Blog. The Luger EP will be out May 19!
This is terribly exciting. Toronto pure pop star par excellence Diamond Rings has remixed pop gods of yesteryear OMD! It’s a great dancefloor filler, and it’s cool that their touring together has been immortalized in MP3. The run of shows continues across North America this summer, check the concert calendar for details.
Is there anything more appropriate than Toronto gothers ϟ†Nϟ remixing a song called All Black Everything?