Loud, haunting and psychedelic, Vancouver’s Ancient Babes unleashes Cybertronic Vibes out into the stratosphere and beyond. Druidic vocals with an 80′s shoegaze vibe that reminisces about a sci-fi film soundtrack from the 80′s that could have been. Ancient Babes’ mastermind Sam King has been busy getting his PhD in particle physics while simultaneously writing Ancient Babes tunes in the depths of the CERN labs. Now that the god particle is all but uncovered, we can look forward to hearing more from this dreamy project.
Jay Arner – Don’t Remind Me (Teen Daze Remix)
Jay Arner – Don’t Remind Me
Another week, another Jay Arner remix to keep our endless appetite for the Vancouver psych-pop songwriting genius satisfied. Last week we had this yummy self-remix of “Midnight on South Granville.” Here we’ve got renowned fellow Vancouverson Teen Daze stirring the stew. The original is provided as reference. Jay’s awesome debut album is still available from Mint Records.
Klaatu – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (DJ Lace Remix)
There’s something a bit ridiculous about DJ Lace (of Space Disco fame) mashing up Klaatu’s classic with occasional snippets of ELO’s “Telephone Line” but we can’t help smiling at this inspired remix. More 70s prog-pop remixes please!
Oh my, that’s a terrifying ending to that video. Ladyfrnd are a boy/girl duo of Yuki Holland and Human’s Peter Ricq (who directed the video) from Vancouver British Columbia. Now, please excuse us while we sit quietly in the corner and contemplate that ending.
Amazing left-field hip-hop from Vancouver’s Young Braised. We quite enjoyed the jokey-clever “Snack City” but this one’s on a whole other level. And has an awful lot of fun with literary wordplay. Directed by Strawberry Jacuzzi, Mr. Braised’s brother.
You can pre-order the Japanese Tendencies cassette here.
Here’s something neat that we missed last year. Vancouver dance punks, Facts, put out a full length called Like a Living Being that efficiently checks all of the dance punk boxes and in moments displays a commendable sense of adventure. The sweeping C-C-C-Cold is one of these moments, with reverb drench harmony vocals reminiscent of some of David Byrne’s more recent solo work slipping in and out under post punky guitar slinking only to be interrupted by a horn led bridge and increasingly anarchic synth work. You can download the album here, and can check the band out live at Pop Montreal later this month. We would recommend it.