Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] KROY – BIRTHDAY (EP)

No Comments 24 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Sometimes I picture the streets of Montreal as being jammed with electronic musicians all bumping into each other like charged particles. Here’s one with a positive charge: KROY (Camille Poliquin), whose synthpop is inventive and reflective.

Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] TECHNICAL KIDMAN – FRACTIONS

No Comments 24 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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More than just a funny play on words, Montreal’s Technical Kidman creates some fascinating electronica. This one is “Fractions” from the EP ‘A Stranger Voice’. Some shades of the Alan Parsons Project in there.

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

[Listen] Jorane- mélopée

No Comments 23 August 2014

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

Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] KIN – HEALTH (EP)

No Comments 23 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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‘Health’ is the debut by a young trio from Abbotsford, BC. Lead singer Trevor Blaak’s vocal stylings will evoke memories of Jeff Buckley, but the music here is more jazzy and free-form. Given the band’s poise, inventiveness and lyrical depth it is rather startling that these three young lads just recently finished high school! This is a mature work for an artist of any age.

Art rock, Canadian, Experimental, Instrumental, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] MI’ENS – EXPERIMENTALSPARKLENOISEPOP (LP)

No Comments 23 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Mi’ens is a math-rock duo from Vancouver, with Evan Johansen on drums and Kim Glennie on guitar, loops and the occasional vocal. On their latest album they bring vibrancy, warmth and joy to a genre that is too often dismissed for being overly clinical. And it’s nice when a band gives you a title that pretty well sums it all up — ‘experimentalsparklenoisepop’. Yup.

Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Music, Watch

[Watch] CFCF- Strange Form of Life

No Comments 22 August 2014

by Tiana Feng

CFCF‘s face takes over his video for “Strange Form of Life”

Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Singer/songwriter, Watch

[WATCH] KINNIE STARR – DREAM BIGGER

No Comments 21 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

New video from Kinnie Starr. “Dream Bigger” has an environmental message and features First Nations activist Caleb Behn.

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

[LISTEN] C. DIAB – BEACONS

No Comments 20 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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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.

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Caribou- Our Love

No Comments 18 August 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Caribou just revealed the title track to their upcoming record Our Love out October 7th. Monday just got a whole lot better.

Acoustic, Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Music, Singer/songwriter

[Album Review] Slight Birching- Cultural Envelope

No Comments 16 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Rating:

Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Label: Independent

Sean Travis Ramsay’s (a.k.a. Slight Birching) vocalization on ‘Cultural Envelope’ is often closer to spoken word than true singing, and even when he does actually sing he does so with such an idiosyncratic quaver that it serves to underscore the very personal nature of this music. He comes across as a genuinely friendly guy who is extending you an individual invitation to share in his musical world of indie folk musings, swooning pedal guitar, gentle acoustic guitar picking, delicate synth touches and the odd surprise (such as the trumpet work of Joseph Hirabayashi on the title track). Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Listen, Music, Pop

[Watch] Absolutely Free- Beneath The Air

No Comments 16 August 2014

by Tiana Feng

Absolutely Free’s “Beneath The Air” gets a Jesi the Elder animated treatment. Their self-titled record will be released October 14th.

Art rock, Canadian, Experimental, Listen, Music, Punk

[LISTEN] FREAK HEAT WAVES – BIRTH OF VENUS/VOID AIR LASHING

No Comments 16 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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A double shot of post-punk art rock from Freak Heat Waves. Shadowy guys, strange music.

Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] VOGUE DOTS – TOSKA (EP)

No Comments 14 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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OK, so just what is it with me and New Brunswick these days?? I don’t going looking for it – music from that province somehow just keeps crossing my path. I don’t mind!

Vogue Dots are the experimental duo of Babette Hayward and Tynan Dunfield, and their self-titled debut is a thing of rare beauty. The only negative thing to say here is that it is too damn short. The Vogue Dots are meticulous in their production, leaving not one note wasted or out of place. Listening to their EP is such a rich and satisfying experience that you want to scream in frustration when it ends all too quickly.

This is essentially indie folk set to dreamy electronica. The duo weave complex tapestries of clever instrumentation, while Hayward’s ethereal voice hangs in the air like a wispy cloud. From the throbbing, danceable beats of “Skinny Thing” to the gorgeous atmospherics of “Mercy” this is one of the best collection of songs you’ll hear all year. Guaranteed.

And, hey, thanks New Brunswick. Stay classy!

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

[Album Review] Tanya Tagaq- Animism

No Comments 12 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Rating:

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

[LISTEN] LAST PRIME – SOPHIA

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.

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