Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Dan Mangan + Blacksmith- Vessel

No Comments 20 October 2014

by Tiana Feng

Here’s Dan Mangan + Blacksmith’s latest video for “Vessel”, depicting the history of our identities in a mish-mash of cool animations

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen/Download] Dada Plan – Over When You Die

No Comments 18 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dadaplan

“Over When You Die” is another artsy alt pop song from Dada Plan, and again it takes a swipe at the vacuity of modern culture.

Art rock, Canadian, Electronic, Folk, Pop, Singer/songwriter, Watch

[Watch] Valery Gore – S.O.

No Comments 17 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Valery Gore offers up a simple but effective video to the song “S.O.” from the album that is gearing up to rank high on my list of best albums of the year, ‘Idols in teh Dark Heart’.

Alternative, Electronic, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Moonriser – Lovestruck

No Comments 17 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
moonriser

The duo known as Moonriser, who apparently used to play folk rock, recently dropped the lovely “Spiral Tunnel”. Now they cement their reputation as new electronic artists to take note of with their latest, “Lovestruck”.

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Majical Cloudz – Your Eyes

No Comments 17 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
majical5

Pining for the magical sounds of Majical Cloudz? Yeah, me too. Apparently we will have to wait until at least some time in 2015 for a new album, but in the meantime we will have to make do with this tidbit — a previously unreleased track that they’ve been kicking around for years. You guys have anything else in your back pocket?

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Legato Vipers- Gangly Dancer

No Comments 16 October 2014

by Tiana Feng

Legato Vipers’ “Gangly Dancer” pairs well with this retro dance vid.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Folk, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Timber Timbre – Grand Canyon

No Comments 15 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

A fascinating video, if somewhat disturbing at times, to Timber Timbre’s excellent tune, “Grand Canyon”.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Sarah MacDougall – I Want to See the Light

No Comments 15 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

It’s nice to see some artistry in video production (sorry, but DIY efforts are getting tiresome). There are lot of deft touches in this one set to the song “I Want to See the Light” by Sarah MacDougall. It portrays a story of what it is like to be walking home knowing that there is a sniper out there.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Cursees Connect – In the Meadows

No Comments 14 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
cursees connect

Arcade Fire meets Coldplay on “In the Meadows” by Fredericton’s Cursees Connect.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, R&B/Hiphop

[Watch] Unbuttoned- Listen to Me

No Comments 14 October 2014

Unbuttoned’s “Listen to Me” sings about the favourite songs of our (ex)partners. Now the emotional song has a video!

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] ev ree wuhn- Found You/Use Me Up

No Comments 14 October 2014

by Tiana Feng
evreewuhn
Toronto electropop group ev ree wuhn dropped a brand new single “Found You/Use Me Up” from their upcoming self-titled LP. Check the new tunes now including “Use Me Up” feat. Bravestation’s Devin Wilson.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Album Review] The Sky Lit Up- The Sky Lit Up

1 Comment 14 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
theskylitup

Rating:

Release Date: September 28th, 2014
Label: Independent

Comparisons to the Beatles are often lazy (how many bands don’t owe something to the Beatles, after all?) and can be a disservice (who wants to listen to a band that sounds like them when we all know and love the original?). So, I’ll limit my analogy to just two elements  – first, like the Beatles, The Sky Lit Up walks that fine line between being universally appealing and being artistically satisfying, and, second, “Shadow of a Vampire” does actually sound like a George Harrison number that they forgot to put on ‘Revolver’

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Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, New Age, Pop

[Listen] Weaves- Shithole

No Comments 14 October 2014

by Tiana Feng
weaves

Have a listen to Weaves latest single “Shithole”. This isn’t on their debut EP but will be out October 20th.

Album Reviews, Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Hansmole- Whitest Whiteness

No Comments 12 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
hansmole

Rating:

Release Date: September 17th, 2014
Label: Independent

Up until now Hansmole (or Hannah van Adrichem, according to her driver’s licence) has been first and foremost a visual artist. So it comes as no surprise that she brings an artist’s aesthetic to bear when she turns her talents to music. None of the tracks on ‘Whitest Whiteness’ are simple in their structure, as each has been carefully composed with a vision in mind. Consider the song “Sunshine” with its contrasting elements (a recurring device throughout the record). There are light leopards on the surface with a sombre rhythm below, like a dark undercurrent in a babbling brook. Van Adrichem’s pleasant voice is offset by eerie, heavily processed backing harmonies. When she sings the refrain, “Sunshine“, it is cleverly accompanied by a burst of glittering synths, like the sun suddenly bursting forth from behind a cloud.

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Album Reviews, Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Rich Aucoin- Ephemeral

No Comments 12 October 2014

by Tiana Feng
richaucoin

Rating:

Release Date: September 9th, 2014
Label: Bonsound

It’s hard to review a Rich Aucoin album without also referencing his live shows. The energy, spontaneity and uplifting spirit of his concerts are captured in his latest album Ephemeral, but unlike 2011’s We’re All Dying to Live, the new album is listenable and just as good on it’s own as a cohesive work.

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