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L CON – Form of Space

L CON‘s magnificent 2016 record Moon Milk hasn’t lost one iota of its avant-charm since last fall, and we’re seriously enjoying this 2017 run of videos for its finest singles. Last month we shared the stop-motion muppetry of “How Much Shall We Bet?” and now we’ve got quite the visual accompaniment for “Form of Space”. It’s cool to discover that the song is based on a story from Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics, and Victoria Long has directed a loose interpretation of it, bookended by an astronaut’s discovery of a mysterious videotape. Featuring brilliant costumes and visual effects, and lots of excellent, unusual chroeography in a massive warehouse, it’s a terribly impressive video, and a more-than-worthy accompiment to one of favourite songs in recent years. Keep ’em coming, L CON!

Moon Milk is available now on vinyl and digitally from Bandcamp via Wildlife Sanctuary Sound Recordings.

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Premiere: New Tendencies – Monday 1

Matt Nish-Lapidus has performed under a few names over the years, including emenel and mn-l, and is also a member of Toronto post-punk provocateurs Several Futures. But his latest incarnation New Tendencies is beginning to kick into high gear with the release of his first album, Missed Month, due later this summer, and we’re proud to premiere of one of the pieces from the record, “Monday 1”.

Slightly confounding, with a beat always threatening to begin but never doing so, it’s a whorl of deep bass pulses, sequenced bleeps, and strange squelches. A tense listen perhaps, but once you relax into it and forget about searching for resolution, it’s a composition that rests comfortably in the perpetual soft chaos of anticipation. And an intriguing glimpse of what’s to come on that full-length!

Missed Month is out July 7th on Forking Paths Records. And if you’re in Toronto, New Tendencies will be performing this Sunday at Handlebar with Heraclitus Akimbo and Bachelard.

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Gabe Knox – Esperanto

Gabe Knox‘s solo work might be new to our ears but his synth contributions to Toronto minimal synth stalwarts Coarse Language are well-beloved by us, and so it’s no surprise we’re deeply into Knox’s second solo EP B, released a few weeks ago. One highlight among many on this collection of gloriously minimal instrumental synth-pop tracks is “Esperanto”, a blippy sequenced treat that sounds like a crystal-clear interstellar transmission from the past, a manufactured lost treasure. This one’s for the synth heads! (That’s all of us, right?)

B is available now, PWYW from Bandcamp.

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