A Canada/US collaboration between Crystal Dorval (White Poppy) of Vancouver and Beau Devereaux (Samantha Glass) of Madison, WI, and the creative synergy is in high gear as they churn out some gorgeous ambient, experimental dream pop.
Let’s round out this edition of Weird Tuesday with Toronto’s Mystic Triangle. As you can imagine with a name like that, the band is somewhat obscure and enigmatic, but there’s no mystery to the appeal of their music — the laid-back goth/psych ambient rhythms are are easy to fall for.
To call ‘cAthedrAls’ hip-hop or grime or bassmusic or any other recognizable genre would be misleading because the trio of producer OKPK, singer Antonia and spoken-word artist MC Magicus Carpetus take these urban sounds and raise them to the heavens. The result is something new, something haunting with both delicate beauty and disturbing edge. In more clumsy hands, the pairing of Antonia’s ethereal, sweet singing with Carpetus’ worldly grit would result in an ungainly clash, but here there is harmony in the yin and the yang And the two get to play out their vocalizing over music of startling originality. OKPK creates dizzying landscapes of scratchy beats, art rock guitars, flowing rhythms and airy atmospherics. We hope this isn’t just a one-off, because cAthedrAls create a fascinating place that we want to spend more time in.
By all indications so far, ‘Club Meds’ will be a big album when it hits in January. Dan Mangan and Blacksmith drop another excellent teaser from the album, “Kitsch”. Mangan’s morose vocals play over a wash of intricate ambiance, as he takes full advantage of the experimental musicians that he has brought together.
Electronic artist Teen Daze is preparing to drop a new EP in 2015 and it is reported to be more of a shift to live instrumentation as opposed to the heavy emphasis on electronics. However, in a move that Jamison (aka Teen Daze) says is to ease the transition, he’s released the new single “Reykjavik, January 2015″, which is more in keeping with his electronic past.
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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?
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’.
“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.
by Tiana Feng
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.
by Mark Anthony Brennan
Release Date: March 25th, 2014
Multi-instrumentalist Joshua Van Tassel offers up his most 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