At the close of 2014, Vancouver-based producer Wolfey released a stunning EP of soft focus dance tracks entitled Habit on A.S.L. Singles Club. Beautifully laced with tape hiss and dreamy ambiance, Habit’s finest tracks explore jazzy, deep house idioms (It’s Not the Name”) and the more ethereal and melancholic dimensions of electronic music (“Time Constraints”, “Bittersweet”). Stream the remarkable EP closer “Bittersweet” and head over to bandcamp to pick up this fine release!
Vancouer ex-pat/neu-Berliner Lief Hall, trippy video artist and one-half of the now on-hiatus noise-pop duo, MYTHS, has just released Transform, a dystopic trio of unexpectedly catchy dark electro cuts featuring black-as-hell trap beats paired with glistening pads, sleazy synths and her signature choral vocal layering.
She just dropped the first music video in her new solo-outing that suitably sees Lief invoking the gods of Windows 95 while staring into a glowing neon vortex of black mirrors with back-up dancers in the hypnotizing form of morphing, undulating hands that beckon the viewer to surrender to the luminously layered cosmos of “Glass Machine”.
Pick up Transform on Lief’s Bandcamp.
New year, new music to get excited about! Vancouver’s Sally Dige has graced the blog many times in the past, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about her new project. That new band, formed in Berlin with Sixth June‘s Laslo Antal, is called Cult Club, and we expect them to reach cult status almost immediately.
The video features chopped-together images of the pair moving in front of a white background, but don’t let the simplicity fool you. The blonde-haired, black-clad duo employ hair twists, shoulder rolls and outstretched arms to visually express their beautifully-executed haunting synth pop. Dige’s voice, an exquisite alto that will occupy your dreams for days, works especially well over the dark production.
Keep an eye out for their debut EP, set to descend to Earth early this year!
We’ve already mentioned our excitement about Vancouver synthy power pop project Rec Centre‘s second album Monster of the Week, and we totally loved the X-files themed video he released a couple of months ago for lead single “Like I Care.” Well the follow-up to last-year’s excellent Times a Billion came out last week, and it’s full of brilliant gems like the standout “Celebrity Deaths,” a sweet bit of downtempo synthpop featuring the band’s signature harmonies.
You can buy Monster of the Week direct from Rec Centre’s Bandcamp on cassette or digitally.
The piano chords at the beginning prepare you for the epic journey you’re about to go on, but it’s not until the huge throbbing bass arpeggiator comes in that you really understand what Vancouver’s Sur Une Plage are up to. Having released one of the finest songs of the year in “Restaurant”, this song is the slow brooding cousin to that frantic synthpop gem. This duo composed of Joshua Wells (of Black Mountain and Lightning Dust) and Colin McKill is one of our favourite new bands we’ve discovered this year, and all their tracks are free on Bandcamp. Go bask in their glory!
If you a go to a Jay Arner show, you will probably see Jay Arner. You will also probably see Jessica Delisle there, too. Now, the bandmates/humans have joined forces as psychedelic synth-pop duo Energy Slime. The newly minted group just released their debut on Vancouver mainstay Mint. The 10-track 7″(!!), entitled New Dimensional, features a song (amazingly) titled “Graham Fucks the Queen”. New Dimensional is a perfect piece of interstellar micr0-psychedelia definitely worth a listen.
While you’re at it, check out the new video for Cool Ship II where Jay Arner says he “finally realized my dream of a music video with a greenscreen where you don’t use the greenscreen.”
Yesterday, we posted a lo-fi goth artist who went in, while still dark, poppier direction. Today, we have Vancouver’s Animal Bodies, who come from similar roots as Low Factor, but have gone in the opposite direction. “Start the Suffocation” doubles down on the darkness, BDSM imagery and Skinny Puppy vibes (who, it bears reminding, also hail from Vancouver).
The song is the first track on the newly released The Killing Scene, a fantastic eight-track EDM mind-freak from the duo.
Vancouver’s Rococode are a haunting electropop duo that do all the things we love, making unabashed pop music that remains dark and restrained. Their first single since 2012’s Guns, Sex & Glory, “Banks” is a brilliant new direction, and features a fantastic melody backed by a deep synth-bass groove.
Don’t know how this happened, but we missed this springtime release by our favourite Vancouver minimal synth crew Cosmetics. “Honey Honey” is a demo from waaaay back in 2010, and we kinda remember this track being on their Myspace back in the day? It was finally released in April on OLYMPIA ...PLUS, a compilation of rarities which is essential listening for any Cosmetics fan.
It’s available PWYW from Cosmetics’ Bandcamp. Go to there!
An X-files homage/parody video from one of Vancouver’s best pop bands is one the greatest things we can ask for! The Jay Arner affiliated Rec Centre pulled ALL the stops on this video: green slime, glowing eyes, STUNT DRIVING (allegedly from Arner himself), guns and the iconic courier font location titles.
Directed by Jessica Delisle