Never before have we met a song so appropriately named. The ending of Stefana Fratila‘s new song is given away before you even press play: it’s going to be time to dance. Of course, she’s retained everything that made us fall for her back in 2015: breathy layers of vocals; varied production that keeps your ears guessing; an experimental approach to pop. Plus big, rhythmic beats. The previously-Vancouver-based artist obviously packed her drum machine when she moved to Toronto.
You can even order a physical copy (on VHS!), with an accompanying video, with proceeds going to Intersessions, a series of workshops for female, non-binary and queer folk who want to learn to DJ.
Over the years, Abbotsford‘s Jamison Isaak, aka Teen Daze, has given us no end of treasures, with a discography of albums and EPs ranging from the blissfully psychedelic to the austerely ambient. But there’s something about Themes For Dying Earth, his fifth full-length album, that both synthesizes all his previous work and yet goes even deeper. The themes are familiar: paying attention and properly valuing the people and world around us, and recognizing their fragility. But this time, it feels like he’s discovered whole new plateau of masterful ambient pop. Stunning minimalist pieces appear in between brilliant, delicate pop songs, often featuring guest singers. An intricate, infinitely rewarding listen, Themes for Dying Earth is one of the finest records of the young year.
Themes for Dying Earth is available now digitally and on vinyl from Teen Daze’s own Flora Records. Teen Daze is currently on tour in North America, with shows in Montreal and Toronto this weekend. Check out the dates on Bandcamp.
Prolific Vancouver bedroom electronic pop artist Le Roi Crocodile keeps the semi-somnambulent hits coming in 2016 with “Night”, a dark, melancholy soft-pop single which we’re stoked to be premiering here today. Featuring his characteristic auto-tune, and his knack for simple, subtle arrangements, this time Le Roi kicks things up a notch by adding some background arpeggiated synths that really propel the tune forward in the effortlessly catchy chorus.
“Night” is the first single from a new album, which we absolutely can’t wait to hear. In the meantime, check out Le Roi Crocodile’s back catalogue on Soundcloud.