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


No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
wax girl

‘Anosmic’ is a 5-track EP of gorgeous post-rock ambiance. Alex Wright (aka The Wax Girl) will be putting out his debut full-length album in early 2015.

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

[Listen] Dragos- Together Blue

No Comments 31 August 2014

by Tiana Feng
Have a chill morning with Montreal producer Dragos and his latest EP “Together Blue”.

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


No Comments 28 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dirty beaches

Alex Zhang Hungtai (a.k.a. Dirty Beaches) presents a preview of his new album ‘Stateless’ due out in November. “Displaced” is a piece of experimental music, featuring viola by Vittorio Demarin.

Ambient music, Canadian, Experimental, Folk, French, Listen, Music

[Listen] Jorane- mélopée

No Comments 23 August 2014

by Tiana Feng
Today’s Bandcamp find is Jorane from Saint Sauveur, Quebec. These ambient folk sounds are just so angelic.

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


No Comments 20 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
c. diab

The elusive character known as C. Diab has produced another beautiful work of sonic architecture with his latest album ‘Beacons’. He has established a signature sound with his use of a cello bow, sometimes actually on a cello but usually on an electric guitar (and perhaps on his shower curtain, I can’t be sure). His ambient sound sculptures sometimes take you on a journey, other times they ebb and flow. And then there are times when they just leave you transfixed in place, taking in the ‘now’. Standout track: Outside Light.

Album Reviews, Ambient music, Canadian, Experimental, Jazz, Music, World Music

[Album Review] Tanya Tagaq- Animism

No Comments 12 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Label: Six Shooter Records

Tanya Tagaq is unique in today’s music scene in that she practices the Inuit art of throat singing. To be more precise, she performs a solo adaption that she taught herself (apparently in the shower) based on the traditional duet style. Her attempts to bring her throat singing to contemporary listeners have met with mixed results on her first two albums. Her vocal stylings have at times been so alienating and foreign as to be unmusical. At others times she has made poor choices in accompanying instrumentation, and it is best not to even dwell on the unfortunate inclusion of a rapper. On ‘Animism‘, however, Tagaq makes a wise choice of collaborators and the results are magical. Violinist Jesse Zubot and jazz drummer Jean Martin are, in fact, are to be credited as much as Tagaq for the successful sound on the new record. In effect, producer Zubot (with additional help from Juan Hernandez) creates the sonic landscape within which Tagaq can carve her sound sculptures. Continue Reading

Ambient music, Canadian, Experimental, Jazz, Listen, Music


1 Comment 11 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
last prime

An ambient number to tone down your manic Monday. Last Prime explores the little space between us in “Sophia”, a jazzy offering with a slight urban edge.

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Instrumental, Listen


No Comments 25 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

More than just EDM, ‘Liminal Spaces’ is rhythmic, mystical, almost transcendental. Peace, man!

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


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


No Comments 17 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
beef terminal 2

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


No Comments 17 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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 


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. 

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