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Posted on February 2nd, by farragoes in New Release


One of the more endearing elements of Mac DeMarco‘s often endearing rise to prominence has been the proliferation of side projects involving the members of his live band. Walter TV, the spastic psych-pop group fronted by DeMarco’s bass player Pierce McGarry, put out a couple of excellent releases last year, and guitarist Peter Sagar is following suit with his project, Homeshake.

Homeshake’s first release, The Homeshake Tape, is very clearly the work of the same group of people, and to some extent splits the difference between Mac DeMarco and Walter TV, embracing the downbeat, jangly-guitared languor of some of DeMarco’s work, while nodding to Walter TV’s more experimental flourishes. “Northern Man” is perhaps the best marrying of these two aesthetics, with Sagar’s shamblingly intricate guitar playing combining with a likeably lazy vocal into something redolent of the best Elephant 6 recordings. “Moon Woman,” by contrast, is pure DeMarco. All smooth sleaze without the rough edges sanded down, the general creep providing cover for a tightly composed, totally guileless little love song. As with seemingly everything associated with Mac DeMarco, it’s always listenable, frequently interesting, and when all else fails it gets by on charm and personality. Stream/purchase The Homeshake Tape at Bandcamp.

This post originally appeared on our Berlin brethren No Fear of Pop.

Posted on January 1st, by arp2600 in Lists

songspt22012 has been the strongest year in memory for Canadian electronic pop. Established artists started new electronic projects, amazing new talents appeared seemingly out of nowhere, and one of our shining stars became a superstar recognized the world over. Canada is clearly at the epicenter of the zeitgeist – it’s a testament to the unbelievable talent in this country that we have 100 songs to present to you as the best of the year, and STILL had to exclude so many excellent tracks.

Montreal and Toronto may still have the most representatives of any Canadian city, but dark electro is thriving everywhere, from Halifax to Calgary, Ottawa to Vancouver, and exciting new hotbeds appearing in London, Ontario, and Grande Prairie, Alberta. We’re not too exclusively nationalist here at Silent Shout, so border states (minus NYC) appear too, with artists from Minneapolis, Seattle, and Brattleboro, Vermont making our list.

A huge thank you to all our readers, the folks who attend our events, and the bands that make brilliant music across this land for making 2012 an unforgettable year for us. Here’s to an even bigger 2013 for Canadian electronic music.

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

75. Electric Youth – The Best Thing

74. ElrichmanThe Shah and I

73. Grapes Godly – No Storm

72. Le Roi CrocodileBattles

71. TezetaPharcyde

70. Matthew A. WilkinsonSkyscrapers in Paris

69. Purity RingBellispeak II feat Danny Brown

68. CabaalMaya

67. Blanche Blanche BlancheFireworks

66. Renny WilsonCould’ve it Been Me?

65. Moon KingOnly Child

64. The LuyasFifty Fifty

63. Shadow FolkHeaven’s Gate

62. Sally Dige – Doppleganger

61. Chairs – Indestructible Machine

60. New Zebra KidGo the Extra Mile

59. How Sad (formerly Goose Hut)- Stockholm Syndrome

58. TrustBulbform

57. Desire – Tears From Heaven

56. Rob CrooksHey! Hey!

55. Blanche Blanche BlancheShe’s Adopted

54. Walter TVAfrica

53. GrimesCircumambient

52. Essaie Pas514 376-9230

51. Maylee ToddBaby’s Got It

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

Previously: Top 20 Albums /// Top 20 Videos /// Top 15 Remixes /// Top 10 EPs

Posted on December 28th, by arp2600 in Lists

There has been so much amazing music made this year. Most of these albums have been on constant repeat at the Silent Shout office since we heard them. If you’ve been following the blog all year our love for these records won’t surprise you. If you haven’t, we can’t wait for you to hear them! There shouldn’t be so much damn agreement in the critical world. We don’t need multiple lists of the same 50 albums in a slightly different order.

20. Daphni – JIAOLONG – Label

19. Kashka – Vichada – Bandcamp

18. Walter TV – Appetite – Bandcamp
Walter TV

17. Purity Ring – Shrines – Website

16. Karneef – In Error – Bandcamp

15. Man Made Hill – Intercourses – Bandcamp
Man Mde Hill

14. Ghibli – Rare Pleasures – Bandcamp
Ghibli Rare

13. Cabaal – Emanations – Bandcamp
Cabaal Emanations

12. Grimes – Visions – Wikipedia

11. Hot & Cold – Border Area – Bandcamp
hot n cold

10. You’ll Never Get to Heaven – S/T – Bandcamp

9. Mac DeMarco – Rock and Roll Night Club – Label

8. D’eon – LP – Label

7. Phèdre – Phèdre – Bandcamp

6. Kontravoid – Silent Visions – Bandcamp

5. Renny Wilson – “Sugarglider” – Bandcamp
129476 SINGLE LP.eps

4. Trust – TRST – Stream

3. Blanche Blanche Blanche – Wink with Both Eyes – Stream

2. Tenderness – The Axe is Ready at the Tree – Bandcamp

1. Femminielli – Double Invitation – Stream

Previously: Top 100 Songs /// Top 20 Videos /// Top 15 Remixes /// Top 10 EPs

Posted on November 9th, by digits in MP3


New music from our much-beloved Walter TV! There’s another on their Bandcamp too.

Posted on June 12th, by arp2600 in Lists

So, due to some massive oversight, we were not asked to be judges in this year’s Polaris Prize. That, or the ballot was lost in the mail. We need to ensure that Canadian electro music is properly represented, so in an effort to influence the judges’ decision, we have made our top five albums eligible to win this year.

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Handsome Furs – Sound Kaptial
Handsome Furs – Memories of the Future

Chevalier Avant Garde – Heterotopias
Chevalier Avant Garde – Nie Rozumiem

Grimes – Visions
Grimes – Circumambient

Trust – TRST
Trust – Shoom

Phèdre – Phèdre
Phèdre – In Decay


Chevalier Avant Garde – Heterotopias
Chevalier Avant Garde – Young

Tenderness – The Axe is Ready at the Tree
Tenderness – We Lay Our Broken World in Sorrow at Your Feet

Sean Nicholas Savage – Flamingo
Sean Nicholas Savage – My Chances

Phèdre – Phèdre
Phèdre – Aphodite

Mac DeMarco – Rock and Roll Night Club
Mac DeMarco – She’s Really All I Need


walter tv – Appetite
walter tv – Africa

Chevalier Avant Garde – Heterotopias
Chevalier Avant Garde – Haircut

Mac DeMarco – Rock n Roll Nightclub
Mac DeMarco – European Vegas

Kontravoid – Kontravoid
Kontravoid – Native State

Cellphone – Cellphone
Cellphone – One Last Shot

And the winner is:



Posted on April 18th, by farragoes in Video

We’re really into this.  This track is from Mac Demarco‘s Rock and Roll Nightclub EP and it’s a total killer.  Breezy, sloppy, jangly guitar pop that’s tightly composed and slightly unnerving.    The video was directed by Pierce Mcgarry from walter tv, and does much to aid the perception that there is something not quite right about these people, probably the same thing that makes them so endearing.

Posted on April 12th, by farragoes in MP3

walter tv – Africa

This track is off the utterly charming debut album from Vancouverites walter tv.  They somehow manage to sound breezy and creepy all at the same time, whilst recalling Sung Tongs era Animal Collective, and (dare I dream it!) the dearly departed Unicorns.  The album is available on their bandcamp and will, no doubt, provide a perfect soundtrack to a deeply weird summer.