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Top 25 Albums of 2014

Posted on December 15th, by silentshout in Lists


Year-End 2014: Top 15 EPs // Top 10 Music Videos // Top 10 Album Covers

25. Mozart’s Sister – Being


Mozart’s Sister’s debut album dialed up her sound with a whack of polish.

24. Violence – Erlebnis


Violence’s sound continues in the same vein as their previous release: artfully executed synth pop with the exact dark flavour that we love.

23. YlangYlang – Am I Being Overdramatic?


The intricate sound design, elegiac melodies, and dreamy, soft focus textures on YlangYlang’s Am I Being Overdramatic? make for a highly rewarding listen.

22. JFM – Squat

JFM Squat

It has become very clear, both live and on record, that JFM possesses a remarkable approach to abstract electronic music

21. Lee Paradise – Water Palace Kingdom


A gritty minimalistic post-punk record that shouldn’t astonish given Dan Lee’s pedigree, but you know what, we were still astonished – it’s a fantastic record.

20. Hansmole – Whitest Whiteness


Victoria’s Hansmole caught us completely off guard with her spectacular synth-laden chilled-out dream pop record.

19. Galaxius Mons – GMO


Homemade synths, superstar guest vocalists and weird intricate pop arrangements make Galaxius Mons’ sophomore release a must-listen.

18. Jay Holy – Scopolamine Dream


Scopolamine Dream is is a strong statement from one of the city’s most original acts: emotional pleas set to a backdrop of musical freak-outs.

17. Chevalier Avant Garde – Realign


Chevalier Avant Garde can do no wrong in our eyes, and their tape from this year is another masterful step in a near-perfect career.

16. Sean Nicholas Savage – Bermuda Waterfall


Another year, another spectacular Sean Nicholas Savage record, it wouldn’t be the same without one.

15. Potpourri of Pearls – We Went to Heaven


Taking us back to the days of Erasure’s best singles, this record is full of crisp and clean arpeggiated synths and killer earworm melodies.

14. Doomsquad – Kalaboogie


Without a doubt, Doomsquad’s record proves that they are one of the most interesting bands in the world right now.

13. Hey Mother Death – Highway


Halifax/Paris duo are in full command of a classic aesthetic which explores and reimagines some of the more artful corners of rock’s iconic past.

12. Johnny Couteau – From the Infamous Mind of a Psychoactive Runner


Set in a dystopic coastal town near Fukushima called Tchernobeach, this John Carpenter-ish concept record took upon its own life in our imagination.

11. Zoo Owl – Hollow


A powerful musical statement demonstrating Zoo Owl is not all smoke and mirrors, lasers and fog machines.

10. Ramzi – Bébites


Left-field vignettes showcase Ramzi in full command of her highly distinguished aesthetic, a welcome addition to her brilliant discography.

9. Bile Sister – Faucet


Gorgeously shrouded in overdriven minimal electronics, effects-laden vox, and left field pop leanings.

8. ¡FLIST! – Fuck You I’m Dead


Eight years in the making, the Montrealer’s first album is a masterpiece of death, terror, and general unease.

7. Men I Trust – Men I Trust


Melancholy electronic pop from Québec City, featuring many guest collaborations.

6. TOPS – Picture You Staring

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Montreal soft-pop group effortlessly make an even better record than their debut.

5. Owen Pallett – In Conflict


Owen Pallett gets more electronic than ever before and makes the best album of his career. Also, Brian Eno plays some synths on it.

4. Lydia Ainsworth – Right from Real


Arbutus Records’ latest find is a pop tour-de-force with Kate Bush-esque serenity and immaculate arrangements.

3. Caribou – Our Love


With his fourth studio album as Caribou, Dan Snaith solidifies his status as a Canadian electronic music legend.

2. Silkken Laumann – Not Forever Enough


The new project from Rolf Klausener was one of our most anticipated records of the year, and it did not disappoint. Bombastic electro-pop at its best.

1. Ken Park – You Think About It Too Much


Perfect for long days walking around getting lost in your own thoughts, and at the same time ideal for a crowded house party, dancing and making memories.

Year-End 2014: Top 15 EPs // Top 10 Music Videos // Top 10 Album Covers

Top 10 Album Covers of 2014

Posted on December 11th, by silentshout in Lists


Year-End 2014: Top 25 Albums // Top 15 EPs // Top 10 Music Videos

10. Violence – Erlebnis


9. Lydia Ainsworth – Right from Real


8. Caribou – Our Love


7. YlangYlang – Am I Being Overdramatic?


6. Zoo Owl – Hollow

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5. Marie Davidson – Perte D’Identité

Marie Davidson

4. Bile Sister – Faucet


3. Men I Trust – Men I Trust


2. Doomsquad – Kalaboogie


1. JFM – Moult


Year-End 2014: Top 25 Albums // Top 15 EPs // Top 10 Music Videos


New Release: Violence – Erlebnis

Posted on January 23rd, by elena in New Release


When Ottawa’s Violence released their debut EP last March, we declared them our spirit animal. Since it was our favourite EP of 2013, it’s understandable that the arrival of their first full-length has turned our January blues into some happy dancing. The record’s sound continues in the same vein as their previous release: artfully executed synth pop with the exact dark flavour that we love. This is more proof that Visage Musique works with the best bands.

The title is a German philosophical term for experience, and that’s exactly what you should do with this record. Bring it with you as you go about, play it in all kinds of situations, really experience it.


Top Songs of 2013: 25-1

Posted on December 20th, by digits in Lists


Top 100 Songs: 100-76 // 75-51 // 50-26 // 25-1

2013 in review: Top 30 Albums: 30-16 / 15-1 // Top 30 Videos // Top 20 EPs // Top 10 Remixes

25. Valerie Dour – Dispel

24. Camp – Little Boy Blue

23. Dylan III – The Art Of Business

22. Object 28 – So Over

21. Kids On TV – Dazzler

20. Thomas – Kissing

19. Diana – Perpetual Surrender

18. Jamaican Queens – Water

17. Petra Glynt – Sour Paradise

16. Jef Barbara – I Know I’m Late

15. Pat Jordache – O.M.O.

14. Doldrums – Anomaly

13. Odonis Odonis – Better

12. À La Mode – Just a Boy

11. Phèdre – Ancient Nouveau

10. Majical Cloudz – Bugs Don’t Buzz

9. Bizzarh – Trans Phat

8. Austra – Painful Like

7. Mathias Mental – Les Mensonges, Les Mensonges

6. Blue Hawaii – Try to Be

5. Ell V Gore – Lobotomy

4. Paula – Totally Nice

3. How Sad – Indian Summer

2. Violence – Façades

1. Chevalier Avant Garde – Nowhere

Top 100 Songs: 100-76 // 75-51 // 50-26 // 25-1

2013 in review: Top 30 Albums: 30-16 / 15-1 // Top 30 Videos // Top 20 EPs // Top 10 Remixes

Top 100 Songs of 2013: 75-51

Posted on December 18th, by digits in Lists


Top 100 Songs: 100-76 // 75-51 // 50-26 // 25-1

2013 in review: Top 30 Albums: 30-16 / 15-1 // Top 30 Videos // Top 20 EPs // Top 10 Remixes

75. Dirty Inputs – Final Flight

74. Akua – Gravity

73. Beverlay – First Snow

72. Silkken Laumann – Obvious Water (Yer A Kitten)

71. Ambrose – Hourglass Sands

70. Drake (feat. Majid Jordan) – Hold On, We’re Going Home

69. Kashka – Never Had It

68. Violence – Dernier Cri

67. U.S. Girls – Overtime

66. Gold Zebra – Invisible Disorder

65. Flist – Bug

64. Terror Bird – The Wrong Way

63. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

62. Jay Arner – Surf Don’t Sink

61. Majical Cloudz – Silver Rings

60. Braids – In Kind

59. Ark Analog – Make Me A Mirror

58. Drug Train – No One Cares

57. Princess Century – Giving It Away

56. Dirty Beaches – Mirage Hall

55. Weaves – Motorcycle

54. Marie Davidson – Je Ne T’aime Pas

53. Quinn Read-Baxter – Don’t Go

52. Homeshake – Moon Woman

51. Galaxius Mons – Cup My Aching Mind (Crazy Epitaph)

Top 100 Songs: 100-76 // 75-51 // 50-26 // 25-1

2013 in review: Top 30 Albums: 30-16 / 15-1 // Top 30 Videos // Top 20 EPs // Top 10 Remixes

Top 20 EPs of 2013

Posted on December 11th, by digits in Lists


2013 in review: Top 30 Albums // Top 100 Songs // Top 30 Videos // Top 20 EPs // Top 10 Remixes

a1947809329_1020. AM StaticRoots Between the Stones

a1992204717_219. Quinn Read-BaxterQ.R.B.

a3584992792_1018. HomeshakeThe Homeshake Tape

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PI15. Prince Innocence – Lapse

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moonking13. Moon King – Obsession II

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a2515131016_211. UNUN Titled Album

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a3927946079_109. Me and My RhythmboxTeaspoons and Tablesalts

a1817122177_108. Hush PupDarlene

Ell-V-Gore-Sex-Static-Album-Cover-Artwork-1.3MB7. Ell V Gore – Sex Static

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a2146054619_105. Mathias MentalMathias Mental

a3258036111_104. Jay HolySkeletor

a2506383756_103. Petra GlyntOf This Land

a1399382710_102. How SadIndian Summer

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2013 in review: Top 30 Albums // Top 100 Songs // Top 30 Videos // Top 20 EPs // Top 10 Remixes


Mix: Best Songs of October 2013

Posted on November 1st, by digits in Mixes

silentshoutoct13Mix: Silent Shout Best of October 2013

1. Ambrose – Hourglass Sands
2. Motem – Quirk Pop
3. Homeshake – Dynamic Meditation
4. Magic Island – Baby Blu
5. Sing Leaf – High John
6. A Sacred Cloud – Be Good or Be Dead
7. Nostalgic Home Highways – Interior Astronaut
8. Ylang Ylang – Temporary Opalescent Death
9. Violence – Halo
10. Kashka – Never Had It


MP3: Violence – Halo

Posted on October 16th, by arp2600 in MP3


Few things get us more excited than a new release on Visage Musique. Violence already put out one of the best EPs at the start of the year, but now we can expect Erlebnis, their first full-length out soon. Nice bookending.

Halo is the first single from that LP, and has a real nice, slowed-down, late-80’s Chicago feel to it.


Pile Of Best Albums – Violence – Violence

Posted on March 5th, by arp2600 in Pile of Best Albums

Violence – Façades

Every so often a band comes out of the woodwork that so captures the spirit of what Silent Shout is all about that it’s instant love-at-first-listen. More and more over the past few years, those bands have come from Montréal record label Visage Musique. Rarely will they add a new band to their roster, so it’s a momentous occasion when they do. It’s thrilling to discover a new act as good and fully formed as Violence, their rookie starting point guard.

Ottawa outfit Violence’s (pronounced the French way) beautiful take on minimal synth music expertly leads you through a range of emotions. It’s equally appropriate for when being bombarded by snow as it is for sunny afternoons spent in the park. People will break up at the beginning of one song, then start making out at the chorus. That isn’t to say the band is confused about what they’re trying to do—this is a decidedly confident debut EP. These are masterfully arranged and intricate synth-pop songs that evoke goths dancing to Deux in a 1980’s Parisian basement, while simultaneously sounding utterly timeless.

Get the self-titled EP digitally on bandcamp or on clear 12″ vinyl via Visage Musique. Edition of 150.

This post first appeared as part of our New Zero Canada column on Berlin’s No Fear of Pop.


Mix: Best Songs of January 2013

Posted on February 4th, by digits in Mixes


Mix: Silent Shout – Best of January 2013

1. Galaxius Mons – Cup My Aching Mind (Crazy Epitaph)
2. Great Marble – In the Air
3. Ken Park – He Says I’m an Island
4. Blue Hawaii – Try to Be
5. Petra Glynt – Sour Paradise
6. Jake Finne – Black Panthers
7. Negative Beach – Vacant Home (Demo)
8. Violence – Façades
9. Vierance – Beaches
10. Doldrums – Anomaly
11. Crowns – HLYLND
12. Bliss Club – Breeze Punk 2
13. Potpourri of Pearls – James and the Cold Gun (Kate Bush cover)
14. Rakam – Le Jazz Dans la Rue
15. Coxkarnn – Blud for a Sec
16. Jeremy Greenspan – Sirius Shake