Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Zoo Owl- Hollow

No Comments 27 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Bryan Sutherland has been involved with many musical projects in toronto (OPOPO, Saturns), but it’s always his own solo project Zoo Owl that I found the most interesting. Hey, when you are your own band you can do whatever the hell you want and Sutherland does this in both his recorded music and his live act. His latest LP Hollow has a tribal feel beneath his unique vocals.

Canadian, Experimental, Garage, Listen, Psychedelic

[LISTEN] SHADOW FOLK – Season’s End (EP)

No Comments 27 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Dreamy psychedelia (“Season’s End”), experimental noise (“Hey Ganeymwa”) and trippy garage rock (“Here At Home”) from Halifax’s Shadow Folk.

Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Pop, Watch

[WATCH] PINK MOTH – ECLIPSED

No Comments 25 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Pink Moth is a musical project by Toronto’s Ray Cammaert. “Eclipsed” is the title track from the new album.

Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Industrial, Listen, Roots, Uncategorized, World Music

[LISTEN] TANYA TAGAQ – UJA

No Comments 24 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Like nothing you have ever heard. Tanya Tagaq combines Inuit throat singing with modern experimental and industrial electronica. “Uja” is from her current album ‘Animism’.

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, Canadian, Experimental, Metal, Watch

[WATCH] MIRE – LIMITLESS PART 2

No Comments 23 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Video of “Limitless Part 2″ by Montreal progressive metal band MIRE. Fans of Tool will love this.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Music

[Album Review] Five Alarm Funk- Abandon Earth

No Comments 18 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: June 7th, 2014
Label: Independent

The last thing that occurs to you when first listening to ‘Abandon Earth‘ is that there is any coherent theme to this barely bridled mayhem. The album is an exhilarating but frightening rollercoaster ride through funk, heavy metal, gypsy, punk, prog rock, afro-beat and many other musical styles just too numerous to list. This is such high octane insanity that you’d never believe there was actually a method to the madness. But there is — this is actually a concept album, which relates the sci fi tale of a demented ice cream vendor who laces his wares with drugs and then takes his victims on a psychedelic trip to the centre of the earth. Whoa, hang on, that sounds … nuts. Maybe we should just say that there is madness to their madness.

Five Alarm Funk have been around for ten years now, and in that time they have evolved from a more traditional-sounding funk band into something heavier, darker and weird, something that is all their own. They make full use of everything at their disposal – drums, guitars, brass, sax and percussion —  to gleefully whip their listeners into a frenzy. It is still a carnival, but where it was once a romp in the fun-house it is now a riot at the freak show.

The album opens to the chiming of an ice cream truck, which gives you a bit of a shiver because you know that it’s ominous, like the singing of a nursery rhyme at the beginning of a horror movie. Then there is a brief bit of vaguely Balkan-sounding guitar work before the flood-gates open and the band hits you with all that they’ve got — and this is a 9-piece band, so that’s quite a bit. When lead singer (and drummer), Tayo Branston, delivers the narrative he does so with a menacing growl that one normally associates with death metal, putting you on notice that this is no walk in the park. This is a dizzying, high-energy thrill ride, but it has a sinister edge.

Once the band unleashes their sonic barrage on “We All Scream” they never let up. ‘Abandon Earth‘ is impressively creative with its unique concoction of sounds, but it’s relentless and it’s intense. So intense, in fact, that when the band plays this material live they make sure to intersperse it with some of their older, less demanding songs.

However, for all of that, Five Alarm Funk’s music remains rhythmic, bouncy and infectious. The story they tell on this record may involve catastrophe, fear and destruction, but at the end of the day it is still a party.

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’.

Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Experimental, Music

Ought w/ Dub Thompson @ The Drake 7/14/2014

No Comments 15 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
Ought @ The Drake Hotel 7/14/2014
It’s rare that I would go out on a Monday night to see a band, unless it’s something I am really excited about and Ought was just one of those bands. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Listen, New Age

[Listen] Default Genders – Negotiating With Demons

No Comments 14 July 2014

by Mica McCurdy

Default Genders Magical Pessimism 2014

Default Genders (formerly Dead Girlfriends, and moniker of musician James Brooks), pulled a Beyoncé today and released Magical Pessimism 2014 seemingly out of the blue. It’s a striking album featuring new sounds, reworked tracks from EP Stop Pretending, as well as work pre-dating it. Listen below to the stand out “Negotiating With Demons”, a visceral track with a beat that makes my heart race.  

Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Clara Engel- Looking-Glass Fire

No Comments 12 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Clara Engel’s Looking Glass-Fire might be one of the most over-looked things this year. It’s a poetic 6-song masterpiece that is dense enough to arguably be an album. Her unique and distinct style and sound make her one of the most interesting song-writers to follow in Canada. Do yourself a favour and stream Looking-Glass Fire below.

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Listen, Music

[Listen] PS I Love You – Bad Brain Day

No Comments 12 July 2014

by Mica McCurdy

PS I Love You - Bad Brain Day

PS I Love You have released another track from their upcoming album For Those Who Stay. “Bad Brain Day” is beautifully layered with an ethereal, yet sad, vibe. Listen below and look for the album on July 22nd.

Experimental, Instrumental, Listen, Music, New Age

[Listen/Download] Tim Hecker – Amps, Drugs, Mellotron

No Comments 07 July 2014

by Mica McCurdy

Tim Hecker

Released through Adult Swim’s singles series, this alternate track wasn’t on Tim Hecker’s recent album Virgins but recorded from the sessions that made it. “Amps, Drugs, Mellotron” is a shimmering and subtle piece best played on hot late nights like this one. The download is available via Adult Swim here.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Wunderstrands- Wunderstrands

No Comments 06 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Rating:

Release Date: May 29th, 2014
Label: Independent

Wunderstrands‘ is the self titled debut from the duo of Mara Pellerin and Brad Kilpatrick. They are both members of the Newfoundland indie rock outfit Gramercy Riffs. It is unclear whether this is to be considered a “side project”, but it is certainly a marked departure. Pellerin and Kilpatrick eschew any notion of pop commercialism in favour of a delicate, ethereal sound. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Listen, Music

[Listen] PS I Love You – Friends Forever

No Comments 28 June 2014

by Mica McCurdy

PS I Love You - Friends Forever

In advance of their upcoming album For Those Who Stay, PS I Love You have shared another track – “Friends Forever”. Don’t let the title fool you though, the chorus’s menacing guitar riff and strong bass line suggests a more sinister relationship. Look for the album on July 22nd via Paper Bag Records.

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