Alternative, Ambient music, Art rock, Blues, Canadian, Chillwave, Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Folk, Garage, House, Instrumental, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, Punk, Shoegaze, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] Various Artists – Fourteen for Fourteen: Indie Victoria 2014

No Comments 27 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Just to prove that not all great Canadian indie music comes from Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, here’s a nifty collection by indie artists based in Victoria, BC. And a varied collection it is, featuring dark folk, psychedelic rock, art rock, dream pop, EDM, ambient yacht rock and stuff we don’t know how to categorize. RTT regulars will recognize a couple of bands that have made our Top Ten of the week, such as Black Valley Gospel and Deep Sea Gypsies. All proceeds go the local food bank in Victoria (Mustard Seed). And, hey, who’s not up for a good Doctor Who album cover?

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Instrumental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Quel Tel – Quit While You Are A Head

No Comments 27 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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From one of my favourite ’boutique’ labels, Mudtown Records, comes a delightful instrumental number from Tel Quel. The track starts off in the ambient clouds but gradually gains more structure as it unfolds. “Quit While You Are A Head’ is being releases ahead of their debut album ‘Expo’.

Alternative, Ambient music, Canadian, Classic Rock, Instrumental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Fresh Snow – Blood in the Sun

No Comments 25 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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“Blood In The Sun” by Fresh Snow — now there’s two contrasting images for you. Speaking of contrasts, the track starts off as a quiet, ambient number but then erupts partway through in a blare of noise rock guitars. It’s all rhythmic and melodic, however, making for another great instrumental from the Toronto indie quartet.

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Instrumental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Name with no sound – Oxbow

2 Comments 22 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Name With No Sound is a collaboration between Mark Favro (keyboards) and Warren Pratten (guitar). They call the result ambient electronic but I tend not to use the term ‘ambient’ when there is a discernible beat, which there definitely is here.

Ambient music, Art rock, Canadian, Electropop, Listen, Music

[Listen] MU – My Hunter, My Forest

No Comments 13 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Vancouver synthpop duo (why are they always duos??) MU has dropped their latest single “My Hunter, My Forest”. The track starts out as spooky as the cover photo, but then settles into an atmospheric work of ethereal beauty.

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

[Listen] Psychic Pollution – Imkhullu

No Comments 11 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Psychic Pollution kicks off this week’s Weird Tuesday. The performance artists (J. Schuurman, according to his library card) creates experimental synth music, in this case with a disturbing undertone.

Acoustic, Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Listen, Music

[Listen] Babe Rainbow- Music For 1 Piano, 2 Pianos, & More Pianos

No Comments 08 November 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Babe Rainbow aka Cameron Reed (or you might know him as @DoritosOntario released a fantastic ambient album this year titled “Music for 1 Piano, 2 Pianos, & More Pianos”. I don’t know why I totally forgot to post about this but the collection is beautiful and you should listen to it right now.

Album Reviews, Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Music

[Album Review] Joshua Van Tassel- Dance Music: Songs for Slow Motion

No Comments 30 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Rating:

Release Date: March 25th, 2014
Label:Backward Music

Multi-instrumentalist Joshua Van Tassel offers up his more electronic work to date. That is not to say that there is less humanity here, far from it. Despite the ethereal ambience of the album, emotions such as hope, dread, fear and joy are ever-present and pervasive. However, these emotions are not articulated so much as evoked, making for a very personal experience on the part of the listener. Continue Reading

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Instrumental, Music, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] Daniel Lanois – Sioux Lookout

No Comments 27 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Another video from Daniel Lanois’ ‘Flesh and Machine’ album. This one features kaleidoscopic images that are trippy and hypnotic — fittingly so because the track “Sioux Lookout” is, you guessed it, trippy and hypnotic.

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop

[Listen] Harrison – Back Home

No Comments 23 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Chiptune synths, whistling, birds singing? It all sounds a bit too goofy. But wait, once things on Harrison’s “Back Home” get rolling it settles into an intriguing groove. Yeah, I like that.

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Watch

[Watch] Seoul- Stay With Us

1 Comment 20 October 2014

by Tiana Feng

Montreal electronic artist Seoul (pronounced “Soul”) just signed with Last Gang Records. Check out the video for their latest single “Stay With Us”. The ambient-pop tune is paired with this video of stress free wandering.

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Instrumental, Listen, Music, trip-hop

[Listen] Temple Volant – Bubble

No Comments 20 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
temple volant

Experimental electronica from Montreal’s Temple Volant (aka Sami Blanco). This was apparently recorded after his last album ‘Daydream Drawings’ and is what Blanco refers to as a “late night work out”. Huh. Most people just work on their toe-nail clipping collection as a late night work out.

Ambient music, Canadian, Listen, Music

[Listen] Eternal Husbands- Exile

No Comments 18 October 2014

by Tiana Fengeternalhusbands
Here’s a new ambient track from Vancouver’s Eternal Husbands for your relaxing weekend.

Ambient music, Canadian, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop, Soul

[Listen] Ben Stevenson – Summer Dealer

No Comments 14 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Some blue-eyed soul from Toronto’s Ben Stevenson. The track “Summer Dealer”, which features some nice ambient backing, is the first single off his new EP ‘Dirty Laundry’.

Alternative, Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Secret Sun – Passing Cars

1 Comment 11 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Yet another b/w video this Saturday morning. It’s OK, we like it. This one is from the electronic dream pop duo Secret Sun. “Passing Cars” is from the Montreal band’s debut album ‘Cold Coast’.

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