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

[Listen] Name with no sound – Oxbow

No 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
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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’.

Acoustic, Alternative, Ambient music, Concerts, Electronic, Folk, Music

Asgeir, Low Roar @ Lee’s Palace 10/08/2014

No Comments 09 October 2014

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by Nilabjo Banerjee

Last night, Lee’s Palace was infused with Icelandic musical flavours courtesy of Asgeir. Seemed like an ideal companion for many on a chilly night in early October.

Low Roar captivated the usually restless crowd during openers. There was absolute silence for the entire set, with no banter until the last song. Project of singer-songwriter Ryan Karazija (ex- Audrey Sessions), there was a certain cinematic and grandiose element to the songs ideal for listens during dark foggy nights. Karazija’s wailing falsettos never hit a false note, as the haunting melodies helped by eccentric synth patterns and electronic percussion all pieced together to establish a serene ambience. The set didn’t have the expected pauses. This was a bit puzzling for the crowd, unaware when to howl in appreciation. But, with such enthralling music, pausing for talk is more of an unnecessary interruption. Karazija and crew exited to encore chants. Not too shabby for a Toronto debut.

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The evening of subdued melodies continued as Asgeir cozied the nippy venue with lush falsettos supported by a stellar crew of musicians collectively part of Asgeir Trausti band. Gaining initial fame for his Icelandic debut, the 22-year-old bearded songster announced his bilingual intentions at the start, much to the roaring delight of those wanting to hear from both Dýrð í dauðaþögn and the English translated In The Silence. After all, Asgeir’s gentle serenade is the real star. Voice that has the maturity of Justin Vernon or JVM, the fairly reserved Nordic star excelled both during acoustic gems ‘Summer Guest’ and the viral cover of Nirvana’s ‘Heart Shaped Box’ or louder jams ‘Torrent’ and the hit single ‘King and Cross’.

Impressive live performances can only further Asgeir’s widespread acclaim. If last night’s rowdy reception is any indication, the Icelandic star is all set to be the next successful musical export

Album Reviews, Ambient music, Canadian, Experimental, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Foxes in Fiction- Ontario Gothic

No Comments 06 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Rating:

Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Label: Orchid Tapes

To say that ‘Ontario Gothic’ is a work of rare beauty would be an understatement, which is appropriate in discussing this album given that understatement is the name of the game. On each track on the album Foxes in Fiction (aka Warren Hildebrand) plays a multitude of instruments, but his touch is so subtle that the compositions seem almost bare at times. The arrangement on “Glow”, for example, is so sparse that the song “Ontario Gothic” seems downright drenched in sound by comparison, even though the latter would be considered restrained by most objective standards. It is telling that Hildebrand employs the assistance of kindred spirit Owen Pallett on most of the tracks.

Continue Reading

Alternative, Ambient music, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop, Shoegaze

[Listen] Grey\\Water – Islands

No Comments 06 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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We’ve heard these guys before. Now they are back with an EP featuring 2 new songs. “Islands” is a rather mournful but beautiful work of ambient shoegaze.

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