Ghost Twin – Here We Are In The Night (Cairns Remix)

Winnipeg dark electronic pop duo Ghost Twin (whose members include a sometime Silent Shout contributor) have one last treat for us in 2016: an expanded version of their 2015 EP Here We Are In The Night, featuring a bunch of new remixes to sweeten the brew that was an excellent EP, and one that will help tide us over to the next Ghost Twin record. And we’re more than glad to premiere the video for one of the new remixes, on which Cairns (aka the band’s own Karen Asmundson) completely inverts the title track into an eerie lullabye. The video is a beautifully dark and mysterious production, featuring a pair of masked figures in a barely lit forest getting their lunar ritual on. Unsurprisingly it works great with the hypnotic track, a perfect showcase for Cairns’ wonderfully unsettling, but serene, production skills.

Looking forward to seeing what these two get up to in 2017! But for now, grab the expanded edition of Here We Are in the Night from Bandcamp.

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Orlando Gloom – Only Tell Yourself

Winnipeg‘s Dave Shaw has long been one of the best at creating artful, mournful bedroom pop. He recently announced the end of his Glass Random project with a soaring seven-minute goodbye epic, but don’t worry–he’s already prolifically making music as Orlando Gloom. (And we still can’t get over how perfect a name that is!)

“Only Tell Yourself” is about suitably downtrodden subjects: disengagement with present happiness, death, and the emptiness after. It’s all wrapped up in winsome synth countermelodies, and an undeniable amount of charm.┬áIf only being sad felt as good as this sounds.

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Floor Cry – The Sickness

Winnipeg‘s Floor Cry makes pastel-coloured dreamy pop, and “The Sickness” might be the most relaxing song we’ve heard in a while. That’s aided by a percussive heartbeat, slow enough to match your own if you close your eyes and take deep breaths, and bright tones. There’s a just a hint of dissonance, though, amplified if you pay attention to the anxiety-inspired lyrics. At face value, it’s music as carefree and cute as the caterpillar flying through the sky on the art. But it’s also meaningful, beautiful and mournful like the butterfly that it has to grow up and become.

You can hear (and download) “The Sickness” and the rest the Caterpillar Daydream album on Bandcamp.

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