Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music

[Album Review] Mac DeMarco- Salad Days

No Comments 21 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
macdemarco

Rating:

Release Date: April 1st, 2014
Label: Captured Tracks

It was 3 or 4 years ago that I saw Mac DeMarco’s old band Makeout Videotape play on a rooftop full of hipsters. I remembered his slacker clothes and “I don’t give a fuck” demeanor. He would mumble fast gibberish before taking off into the next song. As much as I didn’t want to, I liked his music. A year later, I would see him at CMW as Mac DeMarco. He wore the same attire, same nonchalantness with even more confidence to jump around and act silly on stage. 2012′s 2  was one of my favourite albums of the year and now Salad Days is a contender of this year. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Soul

[Listen] Isabelle Young- Sirens

No Comments 20 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
isabelleyoung
Montreal singer-songwriter Isabelle Young has a voice that is effortless in her single “Sirens”, the title track of her EP coming in summer. I love the piano sparkles, provided by Felix Leblanc.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music, Watch

[Watch] Zerbin- Lift

No Comments 20 April 2014

by Tiana Feng

Hailing from Edmonton, Zerbin is a pop-rock group. Their song for “Lift” sounds like it has a spiritual/religious undertone which I thought would be rather fitting for Easter Sunday.

Tour Dates Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Jom Comyn- In the Dark on 99 (All the Time, All the Time)

No Comments 19 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
jomcomyn
Edmonton’s Jom Comyn aka Jim Cuming recently released an album titled In the Dark on 99 (All the Time, All the Time). He worked with producer Eric Cheung (Coeur de Pirate, Michael Rault) to create dense layers in his recordings. The album, probably written during a long winter evokes the slow passage of time, the moments that eventually become a blur.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music

[Listen] Sunfields- Ghost

No Comments 19 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
sunfields
After some life changes, like giving birth to children, and transitioning into new life, Montreal’s Sunfields are soon ready to release a new album titled Habitat on May 27th. It’s been four years since their last album but the new one is a culmination of all the things that has happened since. For now stream a new song called “Ghost” below.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music

[Watch] Boreal Sons- Secret Keeper

No Comments 19 April 2014

by Tiana Feng

SHOT AT THE DARK PRESENTS BOREAL SONS from Shot at The Dark on Vimeo.

Partnering with Shot at the Dark Pictures and Deluxe Design Group, Boreal Sons released this short-film-esque video for “Secret Keeper”.

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Pop, Under 2000

[Listen] Chersea- Grey Matter

No Comments 18 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
greymatter
Here’s another random Bandcamp find. Chersea is from Vancouver and if you skip over the unnecessary “Prelude”, you’ll be delighted by her blend of effortless vocals and danceable percussion.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music

[Listen] Alex Calder-Alex Calder Demos

No Comments 18 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
alexcalder

Found these random Alex Calder demos on Bandcamp. Enjoy.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Royal Canoe- Button Fumbla

No Comments 18 April 2014

by Tiana Feng

For “Button Fumbla”, Royal Canoe didn’t want to lipsync a music video. Instead, they opted to capture the energy of a live performance. They look like they’re performing in the ice kingdom in Adventure Time.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music

[Album Review] Timber Timbre- Hot Dreams

No Comments 18 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
hotdreams

Rating:

Release Date: April 1st, 2014
Label: Arts & Crafts

By the sounds of the title, Hot Dreams, you would’ve thought Timber Timbre moved away from the eerie demeanor of 2011′s Creep on Creepin’ On. If you thought this you are mistaken. Continue Reading

Alternative, Ambient music, Canadian, Experimental, Instrumental, Listen, Music

[Listen] The Darcys- Hymn For A Missing Girl

No Comments 17 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
thedarcys
For Record Store Day this Saturday, The Darcys are releasing a limited edition (500 LPS) of a project inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s Cities of the Plain. If you are expecting regular Darcys you are mistaken. This is beautifully haunting, emotionally sad piece of work. At times it rumbles with energy, other times it’s frightening and it’s definitely a wonderful 20 minute journey.

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Music, Punk

[Watch] Solids- Over the Sirens

No Comments 17 April 2014

by Tiana Feng

Solids‘ video for “Over the Sirens” captures the garage-punkness of the song through a black and white video full of camera loops and fast cuts. The band have also posted a whole bunch of tour dates on their website.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Born Ruffians- Oh Cecilia

No Comments 17 April 2014

by Tiana Feng

In December, a crossing guard by the name of Kathleen Byers, a crossing guard who always danced on the job, was asked to stop. Born Ruffians recruited Byers this video featuring “Oh Cecilia”, a cut from their expanded version of Birthmarks. I wish I had a crossing guard that cool when I was little.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Arkells- Never Thought That This Would Happen

No Comments 17 April 2014

by Tiana Feng

Here’s a lyric vid of Arkells latest single “Never Thought That This Would Happen”. The words are written over some footage of a rocket taking off.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] We Are The City- Friends Hurt

No Comments 16 April 2014

by Tiana Feng

We Are The City defy gravity as they play instruments in their vid for “Friends Hurt” from their recent album Violent.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] Odonis Odonis- Highnote

No Comments 15 April 2014

by Tiana Feng

Odonis Odonis show off the soft-boiled side of their latest record out now on Buzz Records.

Read our interview with Denholm here.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Rich Aucoin- Are You Experiencing?

No Comments 15 April 2014

by Tiana Feng

If you’ve ever been under Rich Aucoin’s parachute, you might be in this music video.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] Strange Fires- Spring Break

No Comments 15 April 2014

by Tiana Feng

Maybe if I play some songs about spring break this snow will go away. Here’s Edmonton’s Strange Fires with a rather hypnotizing video that we should play to the weather gods.

Alternative, Canadian, Interviews, Music

Interview: Emm Gryner

No Comments 15 April 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee
emmgryner

Emm Gryner has earned cred from people in high places

-          Bono wishes he wrote one of her songs “Almighty Love”

-          David Bowie has deemed her as one of 2 Canadian acts that you must know

-          Nelly Furtado has called her album Science Fair her ‘desert island’ disc

Does she still feel that she has to prove herself?

“I have always felt like an outsider”, Gryner admits, “when it comes to the music industry”. That is hard to believe, coming from someone who recently played piano on Chris Hadfield’s “Space Oddity” cover during his ISS mission. She also has a duet, on her new album, Torrential, with the Canadian astronaut. You impressed yet?

Give the album a listen, and you will be a fan of the strong pop melodies (“Excess Baggage”), resonating lyrics (“So Easy”) and subtle country vibes served with words of social commentary (“Pioneer”). The fiercely independent Gryner may have saved the best for her 14th one. And doubt it will be her last. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music, Watch

[Watch] Megan Bonnell- Stars

No Comments 15 April 2014

by Tiana Feng

In fall of 2013, Megan Bonnell released the lovely album Hunt & Chase. Now there is a video for the latest single “Stars” which follows the story of a lonely wanderer

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Nice Try- Convinced

No Comments 14 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
nicetry
Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time for summer jams. For me, that’s bright alt-pop with a certain lo-fi carefree nature. I think I found that in Vancouver’s Nice Try. They just released an EP recently titled Convinced which you can stream below.

Alternative, Canadian, Industrial, Interviews, Music, Punk

Interview: Odonis Odonis

No Comments 14 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
Odonis Odonis @ Wavelength 14 Day 2- Adelaide Hall 2/14/2014
Odonis Odonis’ Hard Boiled Soft Boiled finally comes out tomorrow! I talked to Denholm from the band about the 5 year old album and asked him what his favourite egg dish was. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Interviews, Music

Interview: Thus Owls

No Comments 14 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
thusowls

Thus Owls released their third album Turning Rocks last week. I got to chat with Simon and Erika Angell about how it came together, inspirations and places they like to eat. Continue Reading

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