More than just EDM, ‘Liminal Spaces’ is rhythmic, mystical, almost transcendental. Peace, man!
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.
Feel like reminiscing? Tearjerker‘s video for ‘You Can’ is full of found home footage from the yesteryears, curating this melancholic montage of faded memories. The track is off the recently released EP Hiding. The band is currently working on their full length to be released later this year. Keep an eye out for my chat with Micah from the Torontonian shoegaze trio soon.
Last month, Jeffrey Innes (Yukon Blonde) gave the world preview of his solo project High Ends via ‘back to the future’ lush number ‘The Weight’. If you dug that jam, then prepare to be psyched as the project’s full length Super Class will be released later this summer via Dine Alone Records. Coinciding with the release announcement, comes another preview! Check out ‘Downtown’, a track continuing the retro-futuristic vibe with a simplistic beat and 80′s synth before the expansive dreamy guitar sounds in the bridge, adding to the already blissful song. Beware that you will end up repeating the choral lyric ‘.. radio through my door / I should really go downtown’ after couple of listens. It is that catchy!
Me love some Tearjerker, as evidenced when previewing the single ‘Another Moon’ HERE. The Toronto trio released the 4 song EP Hiding last week. If you are the type who likes to preview the stuff before you commit, then you can STREAM the EP HERE. . Believe me, you will wanna click “BUY”. Expect to have the EP on replay.
Jeffrey Innes has channeled his pop-sensibilities into a new solo project High Ends, and premiers the single ‘The Weight’. The song features Innes, the voice of Yukon Blonde, in a 80′s retro sonic vibe singing to existentialistic words. (“The weight is gone/ I’m fallin’ to my knees/ The weight is gone/ It’s hard enough to be). What does that even mean? Oh well, you must be doing something right if you’ve earned a favourable review from Pitchfork.
Toronto’s Tearjerker are streaming the new single ‘Another Moon’ off the May 20 released EP Hiding. It is a challenge to pick one reason for the track’s play it on repeat factor: is it melodic grungy yet soft guitars or lush airy vocals. Hiding is a preview of the band’s potential of crafting a new blend of shoegaze rock and indie-pop. Look forward to the trio’s full length release later this year.
by Tiana Feng
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.