Canadian, Electronic, Instrumental, Listen, Music

[Listen/Download] Kenneth William – Falling Knife

No Comments 22 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
falling knife

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.

Canadian, Instrumental, Jazz, Listen, Music

[Listen] Diane Roblin and Reconnect – Fasten Your Seatbelt

No Comments 15 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dinae roblin

Hmm, it’s turning out to be a cool and sophisticated morning here at RTT. Toronto’s Diane Roblin leads her band, Reconnect, on the piano and electric piano. The highly talented group offer up a smooth blend of jazz-fusion and funk.

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’.

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.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Instrumental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Peregrine Falls – Two Fish in a Bucket

No Comments 06 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
peregrine falls

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.

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?

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Instrumental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Quel Tel – Quit While You Are A Head

No Comments 27 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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’.

Alternative, Ambient music, Canadian, Classic Rock, Instrumental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Fresh Snow – Blood in the Sun

No Comments 25 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
fresh snow

“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.

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Instrumental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Name with no sound – Oxbow

2 Comments 22 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
name with no sound

Name With No Sound is a collaboration between Mark Favro (keyboards) and Warren Pratten (guitar). They call the result ambient electronic but I tend not to use the term ‘ambient’ when there is a discernible beat, which there definitely is here.

Canadian, Electronic, Industrial, Instrumental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Egyptrixx – Transfer of Energy

No Comments 21 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

A decidedly unsettling chunk of industrial techno from Egyptrixx. We’re guessing it’s the sound of things to come as the Toronto producer prepares to release a new album in 2015.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Covers, Electronic, Instrumental, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen] Mimico – Fate Screen/Fresh Snow – Mony, Mony (7″ split)

No Comments 15 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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?)

Canadian, Electronic, Instrumental, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop

[Listen] Jacques Greene – Afterlife Afterparty (EP)

No Comments 13 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
jg EP

Montreal producer Jacques Greene’s debut full-length is coming in 2015. In the meantime he has just dropped this 2-track EP, ‘Afterlife Afterparty’. The song “1 4 Me” sees him switch from analog to digital, but with its ghostly vocal samples it will satisfy fans of his work.

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

[Listen] Psychic Pollution – Imkhullu

No Comments 11 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Psychic Pollution kicks off this week’s Weird Tuesday. The performance artists (J. Schuurman, according to his library card) creates experimental synth music, in this case with a disturbing undertone.

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