‘Anosmic’ is a 5-track EP of gorgeous post-rock ambiance. Alex Wright (aka The Wax Girl) will be putting out his debut full-length album in early 2015.
The elusive character known as C. Diab has produced another beautiful work of sonic architecture with his latest album ‘Beacons’. He has established a signature sound with his use of a cello bow, sometimes actually on a cello but usually on an electric guitar (and perhaps on his shower curtain, I can’t be sure). His ambient sound sculptures sometimes take you on a journey, other times they ebb and flow. And then there are times when they just leave you transfixed in place, taking in the ‘now’. Standout track: Outside Light.
by Mark Anthony Brennan
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Label: Six Shooter Records
Tanya Tagaq is unique in today’s music scene in that she practices the Inuit art of throat singing. To be more precise, she performs a solo adaption that she taught herself (apparently in the shower) based on the traditional duet style. Her attempts to bring her throat singing to contemporary listeners have met with mixed results on her first two albums. Her vocal stylings have at times been so alienating and foreign as to be unmusical. At others times she has made poor choices in accompanying instrumentation, and it is best not to even dwell on the unfortunate inclusion of a rapper. On ‘Animism‘, however, Tagaq makes a wise choice of collaborators and the results are magical. Violinist Jesse Zubot and jazz drummer Jean Martin are, in fact, are to be credited as much as Tagaq for the successful sound on the new record. In effect, producer Zubot (with additional help from Juan Hernandez) creates the sonic landscape within which Tagaq can carve her sound sculptures. Continue Reading
by Mark Anthony Brennan
Dreamy, ambient, folktronic …. strangeness, from the mind of Lee Hutzulak a.k.a. Dixie’s Death Pool. “Shape Operator” is from the album ‘Twin Galaxies’.
by Mica McCurdy
Winnipeg’s The Hours released this music video last week for their track “Steady Glazed Eyes”. Despite their strong shoegaze sound, they sure do make a lot of eye contact in this other-worldly take of the song.
Songs with serious messages restores the notion that music is words by humans for humans. And if there is a music video that furthers the song’s sentimentality, then the message resonates even more. Montreal’s Kandle Osbourne aka Kandle released a stirring video for “Not Up to Me”. The video features the story of a young girl slipping into darkness as she battles emotional and physical abuse. The youthful singer is releasing the video in partnership with Canadian Women’s Foundation. Great to see when artists want to make a difference.
by Tiana Feng
This year was the first NXNE where I had to work a full-time job at the same time. I was also covering some of it for Exclaim! so my schedule for the most part was booked. The positive side is that it forced me to experience and discover some new things. I spent a lot of Wednesday at the Garrison where I caught Thus Owls, Circuits Des Yeux, Maica Mia and Thoughts on Air. Continue Reading
ginla is Toronto-based duo of producers Joe Manzoli and Jon Nellen. ‘Almost Plastic’ is the premier release off an upcoming EP set for a spring release. The track starts off with a splash of beach waves, and sets up an ambient vibe backed by hazy distorted vocals and groovy electronic beats, finishing off with some major reverb action and recognizable MGMT-esque keys riff. There is an anonymity around the duo, as there are no pictures available, except a visual loop accompanying the track on the website. With a debut as strong as ‘Almost Plastic’, ginla won’t be a mystery for too long.