Vancouver-based outfit Moev is the focus of today’s Friday Classic Dark feature. The group was formed in 1981, on the cusp of British synthpop’s infiltration into the American mainstream. In Canada, synthpop was becoming a thing, too, around this time; Images in Vogue had just formed, Strange Advance cropped up shortly thereafter, and Spoons began to feature drum machines and synthesizers more prominently in their work. Against this (cursory) backdrop, Moev’s early output displayed an estimable blend of dark synthpop and hook-laden new wave. By the mid-1980s, the group signed to Nettwerk Records, home of industrial acts Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly. The Nettwerk deal coincided with the first of Moev’s many reconfigurations in musical style and personnel.
Although Moev has produced several notable tracks, we wish to draw your attention to “Cracked Mirror”, their infectious and bittersweet debut single. Two recordings of this stellar track exist; the 1981 version from their self-released debut EP, and a rather different, but equally compelling, rendition from their 1982 12″ Rotting Geraniums. Kick off the weekend with both interpretations of this Canadian synthpop classic!
Moev – “Cracked Mirror” (1982)
Moev – “Cracked Mirror” (1981)
A few months back, we were very impressed with Sam King’s Vancouver-based project Ancient Babes. “Occult Commando” is a new dreamy downtempo track which, in conjunction with the gloomy atmospherics of “Cybertronic Vibes”, illustrates the astounding stylistic breadth of this project. Both tracks appear on the stellar Futuristic Demon EP, which you can get as a “name your price” download here.
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.