It’s been a while since we’ve written about Vancouver’s Le Roi Crocodile, but “Montreal,” is a feather in the cap of the producer’s prolifically growing oeuvre. There’s a deep sadness to this song with the oft repeated word “never,” as in “it was never enough,” or “I was never someone,” mournfully sung through the same vocal filter we’ve come to expect from the king.
The song is available for free download from his Soundcloud, which is worth your time following since at least once a month, Le Roi Crocodile releases a succinct nugget of a pop song like this one.
White Poppy returns with “Confusion”, the first single from her highly anticipated forthcoming album Natural Phenomena. Here, Crystal Dorval’s ethereal, echo-laden vocal accumulates to gorgeous effect amid a euphoric tapestry of blown-out guitar, infectious rhythm, and blunted sparkle. This deftly constructed arrangement bodes very well for the rest of the album, which Dorval has stated primarily consists of instrumental tracks.
Stream the video above (directed by Dorval herself) and be sure to check out Natural Phenomena when it’s released June 23rd on Not Not Fun.
The Berlin-via-Vancouver-via-Denmark Sally Dige makes cold elecro-pop was a darkness inherent throughout, and we have been consistently fascinated by her output since the earliest days of the blog. At this point Dige can do no wrong, but we’d say that she has absolutely topped herself with “Losing You,” easily her strongest song to-date. The low gothy croon that we have become so familiar with is bolstered by some of the poppiest synth-pop instrumentation from the project. It SOUNDS like you’re in the coolest club with the coolest people in 1979 London.
Now, with “Losing You,” we have an announcement of a full-length LP (her first, we think) Hard to Please out May 11 on Night School Records. The video, directed by Dige and her sister Johannah, is a colourful vintage-looking spectacle of cows, wheat and Dige herself in an AWESOME erm…poncho?
Vancouver’s Ancient Babes, who’s responsible for our #31 song of last year, as well as our fifth-favourite EP, is back with a beautiful new track. “R.I.P. Maury Garner” is a syrupy-slow electro-ballad that shimmers and swoons, and should keep us somewhat satisfied until we’ve got a follow-up release to Futuristic Demon. Hopefully he doesn’t take too long, we need more Ancient Babes!
It turns out that a dark bird and a tiny horse make a wonderful combination. Vancouver’s Terror Bird (a long-running favourite of ours here at Silent Shout) has teamed up with France’s Micro Cheval to release a split LP. The Terror Bird side features a dreamy, soft-filtered take on wanderlust, wilted flowers as a metaphor for regretful nostalgia, strings for dramatic effect, and an admission that it’s hard to say goodbye. She uses prominent drums to prop up the tempo along with her usual synths and distinct enunciation, and we’re quite taken with the end result.
Touch of Jupiter is the latest release from Vancouver’s Jean Brazeau, aka Friendly Chemist. Employing an amalgam of ambient and vintage house idioms, Brazeau excels at pairing poignant harmonic sequences with sustained and blunted timbres. The work, as a result, possesses a highly resonant affective dimension, which reveals itself quickly and lures you in for repeated listens.
Stream the tracks above and pick up a digital copy from 1080p. You’ll have to add the limited cassette edition to your wantlist as it’s, not surprisingly, sold out at the source.
We’re huge Pick a Piper fans here at Silent Shout – Caribou drummer Brad Weber’s self-titled debut album was one of our favourites of 2013. Well, it’s a couple years later, and it feels about time to revisit those wonderful songs with some assistance from Weber’s wide coterie of talented peers, all coming together to make a remix album in support of the Steve Reid Foundation, which helps musicians in need, especially medical need. Unlike many remix records, this one really feels like a particularly cohesive listen, as the artists involved all have an affinity for exploring the psychedelic side of electronic music. Contributors include Teen Daze, Jeremy Greenspan, the Ruby Suns, and the man himself, Caribou. It’s a thoroughly engrossing compilation worthy of repeated listens.
You can stream and purchase Remixes from Bandcamp.
Actors are a Vancouver electronic pop group led by Jason Corbett, who we’re only finding out about now (thanks to a tip from BonesPOP), and sheesh, we have been missing out! We’ll never tire of hearing classic-sounding synthpop songs like their latest single “Let it Grow,” a pulsing, pounding single with super-catchy synth melodies and meticulous-yet-pure-pop production. Wonderful stuff!
Last year, the moment we heard “Restaurant,” the first single from Vancouver’s Sur Une Plage, we knew we had stumbled upon something incredibly special. But we worried: how could the band possibly top the Devo-esque synthpop masterpiece? Well, with the release of Legerdemain, the band’s stellar debut record, we’re pleased to say that all fears were assuaged. While “Restaurant” is still a perfect introduction to the project, the album has remarkable depth and reveals so much time and again, rewarding the listener of repeated listens.
Half the album features slow-burning dark ballades like opener “Sins,” or the chugging and mechanical “Love Machines,” all featuring lyrics taken from the best pages from a gothic high schooler’s poetry book. Songs like “Means To A Dividend” make up the rest and are pure fodder for a new-wave dance floor that would turn the heads of any Gary Numan or Eurythmics fans.
The duo, composed of Joshua Wells (of Black Mountain and Lightning Dust) and Colin McKill, named the album Legerdemain for a reason. Meaning “skillful use of one’s hands when performing conjuring tricks,” (we looked it up), their masterful manipulation of classic synths is as close to real magic as we’re ever going to get. They are true maestros of the oscillators!
You can order a physical copy of the album now via their label Jagjaguwar, or digitally from iTunes. It’s also embedded below for your listening pleasure, and you gotta trust on this one. We cannot emphasize enough how excellent this record is.
“Okay, we’re gonna blast off, ready, here we go?” asks Tom Whalen, aka Space Bros., who’s also known for playing as a live member of Jay Arner‘s band (and its Energy Slime offshoot), before inviting us to come aboard his spaceship. Well count us in for the cosmic voyage, through one of the strangest electronic pop releases we’ve heard so far this year. Sci-fi imagery abounds on his debut record In the Dreamtime of the Saucer People, as spacey synths twist through reverb-y interstellar landscapes on our way to the “Crystal City”. Standout single “Come Aboard the Spaceship” is a deeply catchy galactic funk track that recalls some of the best of classic Ariel Pink, but it’s just the poppiest apex on a record that’s extremely worthy of repeated listens, particularly if you’re in outer space.