Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Psychedelic, Soundtrack, Watch

[WATCH] DIXIE’S DEATH POOL – SHAPE OPERATOR

No Comments 24 July 2014

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’.

Alternative, Ambient music, Canadian, Experimental, Listen

[LISTEN] BEEF TERMINAL – THE SHORT TURN

No Comments 17 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Impressive ambient guitar music from Toronto’s Beef Terminal. “The Short Turn” is the first track on the new album ‘Canadian Patent’.

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Listen, Pop

[LISTEN] MAGNETIC – MY HEART IS VERY NEARLY PURE

No Comments 17 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The ever-mysterious electronic artist Magnetic (a.k.a. Mark Weiler) brings in Shane Sparks on vocals (and other bits and bobs) for a more new wave/art rock approach. Great stuff for fans of early Eno or 80′s art rock like Japan.

Alternative, Ambient music, Canadian, Music, Psychedelic, Shoegaze, Watch

[Watch] The Hours – Steady Glazed Eyes

No Comments 30 June 2014

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.

Acoustic, Alternative, Ambient music, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Kandle – Not Up to Me

No Comments 26 June 2014

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.

Alternative, Ambient music, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Folk, Listen, Music, Psychedelic

[NXNE] Thus Owls, Circuits Des Yeux, Maica Mia and Thoughts on Air @ The Garrison 6/18/2014

No Comments 22 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
Thus Owls @ The Garrison 6/18/2014
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

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Listen, Music, Under 2000

[Listen] ginla – Almost Plastic

No Comments 09 June 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee 

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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. 

Ambient music, Canadian, Music, Pop, Shoegaze, Watch

[Watch] Tearjerker – You Can

No Comments 05 June 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

Feel like reminiscing? Tearjerkers 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.

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] High Ends – Downtown

No Comments 05 June 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

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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!

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Listen, Music, Pop, Shoegaze

[Listen] Tearjerker – Hiding EP

No Comments 29 May 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee 

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Me love some Tearjerkeras 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.

 

 

Alternative, Ambient music, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen] High Ends – The Weight

No Comments 23 May 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

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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. 


 

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

[Listen] Tearjerker – Another Moon

No Comments 21 May 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

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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.

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

[Listen] The Darcys- Hymn For A Missing Girl

No Comments 17 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
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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.

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

[Listen] Permanent Vacation- Ends All

No Comments 12 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
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It’s been a couple of years since we last wrote about them, but dreampop band Permanent Vacation have a new tape out. Start daydreaming below.

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

[Watch] daysdeaf – Giving Life to Greys

1 Comment 07 April 2014

Music videos are becoming cool again! Whether its  Arcade Fire wearing animated paper-mache heads in “Reflektor” or Pharrell’s eternally cheerful “Happy”, acts are injecting some long-lost creativity back into this art form, achieving the desired result of furthering the senses from the song. The video for “Giving Life to Greys” has achieved that with a fraction of the budget. 

That’s the single by Toronto’s daysdeaf aka Manvir Rai from his upcoming release When Colour Lost Light. The electronica-infused song with steady beats, minimalist keys and Manvir’s spacey vocals is a calming listen. The accompanying video has bright colours mixing together in a giant space, that gently steers the mind to a fantastical place. Like music videos used to in the ol times!

 

 

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