by Tiana Feng
Viet Cong dropped a rather bizarre video today for “Continental Shelf”.
“Assassins” is from Bend the River’s sophomore album ‘So Long Joan Fontaine’. The album title has me scratching my head but the music is just fine — rootsy folk-rock with one foot in the ’70’s and the other planted smack in the middle of 21st century indie. This track may sound vaguely like The Band but there is something very contemporary in its structure and lyrics.
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?)
Superbloom have made the move from Edmonton to Montreal and released the double single “You Are My Wave/Always With My Friends”. Don’t let the hoser image fool you, this is urbane, sophisticated music — chillwave grooves with hints of jazz, dreampop vocals and indie folk sensibilities.
by Mark Anthony Brennan
RTT favourite Jay Arner is a busy guy. He recently played on Rec Centre’s new album and now he’s formed a different band with Rec Centre’s Jessica Delisle. Cheesy (but definitely fun) would be the way to describe Energy Slime and their album ‘New Dimensional’. The so-called album has 10 tracks, but given that it clocks in at barely 13 minutes (Yes, that’s just over one minute per song on average) then it can’t be considered full-length. The song “Cool Ship II” is fairly typical with its motorik beat, ’70’s synths and cooing vocals. They top the whole thing off with a low budget video with a glaring colour scheme. Energy Slime is just out to have fun and I think you will too.
Emerging singer-songwriter Layten Kramer has released his debut EP ‘Through the Days’ and we hope to hear a full-length from him sometime in 2015. His music centres around his insightful lyrics but he is also wise enough to surround himself with talented accompanists (note the deft use of brass in this track). He also has the coolest album art!
It’s been a long wait. Indie prog rockers Mr. Goshness have been kicking around the Vancouver Island music scene for several years and they are now finally releasing their debut full-length, ‘A Guide To All Things Twisted’. The first single is “Two Thousand Pieces” which is part math rock, part indie folk/pop and part, oh I dunno, Broadway musical? It isn’t that long (3:45) but it has a mini-epic feel due to multiple change-ups.
by Tiana Feng
Toronto indie rock veterans Meligrove Band have a new album coming out called Bones of Things. It’s been a while since we’ve heard new music. I think the last time we heard a new song RTT was in it’s infant stage. They were one of the bands that led to our initial focus on Canadian music. Anyways, I won’t keep you waiting, here is a new hearty pop song called “Sunrise Old”.