GAIIA – Smile

The clattering beat and ghostly synths of “Smile” make for an ominous re-introduction to Toronto/France duo Giselle and Aimée, aka GAIIA. And the new single arrives with a terrific video! Directed by Katrina Singleton, it features two women preparing for a photo shoot, and things seem alright at first, but when the song turns dark, things quickly get weird. Blinding flashes attack them and their expressions go through various contortions of discomfort, pain, and frustration, but by the shoot’s end it seems as though they’ve passed through the darkness. We’re not sure where they’re headed next, but this song is ridiculously good and we can’t wait to hear what GAIIA have in store for us next time.

“Smile” is available now from Bandcamp.

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Stefana Fratila – Dancing

Last month, newly-Toronto-based experimental pop generator Stefana Fratila took our breath away with her latest single “Dancing”, so we’re only too happy for another opportunity to highlight it with the release of her stunning and ambitious new music video. Directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, it’s a vivid vignette of misogyny, revenge, and victorious dancing that matches the various phases of the track to a T. As with all of Fratila’s work, we’re enthralled yet again.

“Dancing” is available now digitally and on VHS via Bandcamp, with all profits going towards Intersessions, ​a series of DJ workshops curated for and by women, gender-nonconforming & queer folks.

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L CON – How Much Shall We Bet?

We’ve been regrettably slow in sharing this remarkable stop-motion video for L CON‘s equally remarkable single “How Much Shall We Bet?”, from last year’s opus (and our #13 album of last year) Moon Milk. Directed and animated by Chantale Renee, the video tells a tale of a solitary creature, stuck in a routine, not leaving its apartment as time journeys on. It’s a comical but bleak gaze into the lonelier side of muppetdom, and a perfect pairing for the single’s soul-searching refrain: “Are you happy?”

Moon Milk remains essential listening and is available now from Bandcamp. If you’re in Toronto, be sure to catch L CON’s show with Silent Shout faves James Irwin and EONS on May 26 at Burdock.

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