Montreal’s Femme Accident play 90s-inspired shoegaze, but with jangly guitars and synths. Their lyrics are usually dark though, in true shoegaze fashion.
By all indications so far, ‘Club Meds’ will be a big album when it hits in January. Dan Mangan and Blacksmith drop another excellent teaser from the album, “Kitsch”. Mangan’s morose vocals play over a wash of intricate ambiance, as he takes full advantage of the experimental musicians that he has brought together.
It’s probably no secret to a lot of you that there is a really cool music scene brewing in Hamilton. One of the more interesting bands is WTCHS, who serve up a heady stew of heavy post-punk math rock. On “Young Girls” the unrelenting pounding rhythm is accompanied by psych-infused vocals that are more part of the instrumentation than a focal point. Great groove.
We launch into Weird Tuesday in fine form with the duo Faux Fantasy (Vanessa Lee Sorenson and Benjy Wilson). They play synth-pop with one heck of a dark edge. This little ditty starts off in a sinister mood that is very eerie. Musically, things lighten up a bit as the song progresses, but seriously how light can you get when you are talking about Grandad the Cannibal?
by Mark Anthony Brennan
Release Date: November 18th, 2014
Although he utilises the able help of Jay Arner and Jessica Delisle (who currently have their own venture, Energy Slime) Rec Centre is, for all intents and purposes, the musical outlet for Alex Hudson, whose work as a writer (e.g. for Exclaim!) and blogger make him something of a music industry insider. Although the record has a surficial sheen of light-hearted fun, underlying it all is the inevitable cynicism. This is reflected in the album title, ‘Monster of the Week’ — that crass industry term for whatever crap is currently popular — and is pervasive throughout.
Alternative, Ambient music, Art rock, Blues, Canadian, Chillwave, Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Folk, Garage, House, Instrumental, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, Punk, Shoegaze, Singer/songwriter
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?
The Toronto duo of Sam Hargrove (guitar, vox) and Rich Taylor (drums, vox) are in the midst of releasing a coloured-coded set of 4 cassettes. The Pink Tape dropped in September and the latest is the Purple Tape, which features “Double Negative”. The song starts off with a rolling drum beat and vaguely threatening guitars, but then the opening vocals are surprisingly more in the realm of dream pop. This doesn’t last as the tranquility is shattered when the song erupts into a grunge-like rocker. Overall an interesting song, and it has me eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Blue and Green Tapes.
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.