We know Kenneth William for his brilliant and blistering guitar work with White Lung, so who knew the dude was also an electronic wizard? “Falling Knife” is a minimalist piece with menacing undertones but with splashes of optimism.
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.
Although the EP cover looks like an Italian version of a Tarantino movie, Gord Grdina and Kenton Loewen are actually a drum and guitar duo known as Peregrine Falls (they are also members of Dan Mangan’s back-up band, Blacksmith). Despite the fluidity of the rolling drums, “Two Fish in a Bucket” is a math rock number, with the guitar buzzing angrily at times and humming melodically at others.
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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?
From one of my favourite ’boutique’ labels, Mudtown Records, comes a delightful instrumental number from Tel Quel. The track starts off in the ambient clouds but gradually gains more structure as it unfolds. “Quit While You Are A Head’ is being releases ahead of their debut album ‘Expo’.
“Blood In The Sun” by Fresh Snow — now there’s two contrasting images for you. Speaking of contrasts, the track starts off as a quiet, ambient number but then erupts partway through in a blare of noise rock guitars. It’s all rhythmic and melodic, however, making for another great instrumental from the Toronto indie quartet.
Here’s a cool 7″ split for you. One side you’ve got a Mimico’s “Fate Screen” a total ’80’s throwback with a motorik beat, steely synths and a goth-like vocal delivery. Other side is an instrumental version of “Mony, Mony” by Fresh Snow. When you’ve a rhythm this groovy who needs words? (actually, it’s “Mony, Mony”, so who needs words anyway?)