2012 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.
99. Gold & Youth – Time to Kill
96. Suuns – Edie’s Dream
94. Yves Son Ace – Wallet Song
90. Drug Train – Idioms
88. Solar Year – Night and Day
87. Zooey – You
86. Gold Zebra – Dark Musique
85. Warm Myth – Gonna Gun
80. Nyteowl – EZ Boy
Wand – Ceremony
Wand – Empty Palaces
Living in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Derek Janzen aka Wand is probably the northernmost artist we’ve written about. We’ve been eagerly anticipating his first album, Mt. St. Helens, and Wand did not disappoint. It’s an epic, sprawling work, with three tracks passing the 8 minute mark. It’s a very impressive debut that reminds of a more electronic Arcade Fire. Stream it and buy it on his Bandcamp.
Great music being made in Alberta’s far north. Say hello to Grande Prairie native Derek Janzen aka Wand, who’s been doing his bedroom recordings since 2008 but are just beginning to reach our ears now. He just put out this new single and it’s very much worth your attention, reminiscent of Miracle Fortress with just the tiniest bit of Destroyer (maybe it’s the sax that reminds). Have a listen to some of the other tracks on the forthcoming Mt. St. Helens on his Bandcamp here.