Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Experimental, Listen, Music, Psychedelic

[Listen] Warmer – Howling With Coyotes

No Comments 16 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Kingston’s Warmer keeps things weird this Tuesday with “Howling With Coyotes”, a trippy jam. And, yes, we get to howl with the coyotes. Cool.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Music, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] The Sands – Magnolia

No Comments 15 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
the sands

Singer-songwriter Julie McGeer teams up with cellist-composer Peggy Lee to form The Sands. On their debut album they gather together some of the finest musicians in Vancouver (and beyond) and call upon Jesse Zubot to produce. “Magnolia” is a good example of the result — a richly orchestrated indie folk song infused with jazz and brimming with originality.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Experimental, Instrumental, Watch

[Watch] Badminton Racquet – High Wives

No Comments 15 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Guelph is fertile musical ground these days. Just to prove it here is a live performance by the math rock duo Badminton Racquet. Even stripped of all studio effects the pair still dazzle with their wizardry.

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

[Listen] Nick Storring – (Come To My) Thicket

No Comments 13 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Experimental electroacoustic artist Nick Storring offers up “(Come To My) Thicket”, an instrumental that starts off in quite gentle fashion but becomes increasingly cluttered and noisy as the song progresses. Seriously, I mean ‘cluttered and noisy’ in a good way.

Canadian, Chillwave, Electronic, Experimental, House, Instrumental, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop

[Listen] Various – No. 3 (Wolf/Sheep Records) (EP)

No Comments 11 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
No3 Wolf-Sheep

A sampler from the boutique record label Wolf/Sheep, which specializes in experimental electronica. ‘No. 3′ features glitch, techno, hip-hop and chillwave. All highly original and all a little bit ‘out there’.

Ambient music, Art rock, Canadian, Experimental, Listen, Music, Psychedelic

[Listen] Mystic Triangle – Snake Eyes Wins

No Comments 09 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
mystic riangel

Let’s round out this edition of Weird Tuesday with Toronto’s Mystic Triangle. As you can imagine with a name like that, the band is somewhat obscure and enigmatic, but there’s no mystery to the appeal of their music — the laid-back goth/psych ambient rhythms are are easy to fall for.

Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Listen, Music, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] Ivory Towers – Endling (EP)

No Comments 09 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
ivory towers

Quinne Rodgers, formerly of MYTHS, performs solo as Ivory Towers. Her 4-track EP ‘Endling’ is an intense work of experimental ambiance, glitchy sounds, voice loops and dark verse. Lyrically, Rodgers expresses a fascination with death, ghosts and blood, although usually the references are metaphorical (“You’re completely covered in blood and it’s all yours”). She needs to be nimble (and she is) as she teeters right on that edge where the non-conventional plummets into the pit of the unlistenable.

Concerts, Electronic, Experimental

Big Joy: A Festival of Experimental Music (Vancouver) 12/6/2014

No Comments 07 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

I was in Vancouver so I decided to drop in on Big Joy, a relatively new festival of experimental music. On Friday night the venue was The Remington Gallery, which is smack in the middle of the Downtown Eastside. In other words, Heroin Alley. Outside the venue the street was overflowing with both garbage and individuals living on the very fringe of humanity. The discreet entrance to the gallery was next to a former hotel that was converted to social housing many years ago. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Pop, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] Born Gold – Flowers

No Comments 07 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Part of Born Gold’s No Sorrow Series, the video to “Flowers” depicts the adventures of a pair of feet. Of the series Cecil Frena (aka Born Gold) says, “i will also write, act in, edit, and co-direct the videos. so if you hate this shit you will be able to personally blame me.” Who’s blaming? This stuff is brilliant.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Instrumental, Jazz, Listen, Music

[Listen] Falcon Punch – Show Me Your Moves (EP)

No Comments 07 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
falcon punch

The Toronto trio Falcon Punch are a drum and bass band. No, wait, they’re probably more electronica. Well, modern jazz, really. But, it’s math rock …. er, progressive. Anyway, it’s definitely post-rock. Maybe you should just listen to them? It’s cool.

Ambient music, Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop, trip-hop

[Listen] Cathedrals – Cathedrals (EP)

No Comments 05 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

To call ‘cAthedrAls’ hip-hop or grime or bassmusic or any other recognizable genre would be misleading because the trio of producer OKPK, singer Antonia and spoken-word artist MC Magicus Carpetus take these urban sounds and raise them to the heavens. The result is something new, something haunting with both delicate beauty and disturbing edge. In more clumsy hands, the pairing of Antonia’s ethereal, sweet singing with Carpetus’ worldly grit would result in an ungainly clash, but here there is harmony in the yin and the yang And the two get to play out their vocalizing over music of startling originality. OKPK creates dizzying landscapes of scratchy beats, art rock guitars, flowing rhythms and airy atmospherics. We hope this isn’t just a one-off, because cAthedrAls create a fascinating place that we want to spend more time in.

Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Listen, Music, Pop

[Watch] Owen Pallett- Infernal Fantasy

No Comments 01 December 2014

by Tiana Feng

Owen Pallett's "Infernal Fantasy" explores beautiful mountaintop.

Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Slim Twig- Clerical Collar

No Comments 30 November 2014

by Tiana Feng
Slim Twig USA release of A Hound At The Hem is out now on DFA Records. Here’s “Clerical Collar” from the album for you.

Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Listen, Music, World Music

[Listen/Download] A Tribe Called Red- Burn Your Village to the Ground

No Comments 27 November 2014

by Tiana Feng
A Tribe Called Red dropped the chilling new song “Burn Your Village to the Ground” on American Thanksgiving on purpose. Indigenous views on Thanksgiving are complicated and that can be felt throughout this track.

Alternative, Ambient music, Art rock, Blues, Canadian, Chillwave, Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Folk, Garage, House, Instrumental, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, Punk, Shoegaze, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] Various Artists – Fourteen for Fourteen: Indie Victoria 2014

No Comments 27 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dalek cover

Just to prove that not all great Canadian indie music comes from Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, here’s a nifty collection by indie artists based in Victoria, BC. And a varied collection it is, featuring dark folk, psychedelic rock, art rock, dream pop, EDM, ambient yacht rock and stuff we don’t know how to categorize. RTT regulars will recognize a couple of bands that have made our Top Ten of the week, such as Black Valley Gospel and Deep Sea Gypsies. All proceeds go the local food bank in Victoria (Mustard Seed). And, hey, who’s not up for a good Doctor Who album cover?

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