Canadian, Listen, Music, Shoegaze

[Listen] Femme Accident – Under Your Spell

No Comments 20 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
femme accident

Montreal’s Femme Accident play 90s-inspired shoegaze, but with jangly guitars and synths. Their lyrics are usually dark though, in true shoegaze fashion.

Ambient music, Art rock, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Shoegaze

[Listen] Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Kitsch

No Comments 02 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Shoegaze

[Watch] Beliefs- Tidal Wave

No Comments 02 December 2014

by Tiana Feng

Beliefs dropped a retro-looking video for a new song "Tidal Wave" off their upcoming record Leaper, out 2015. We love the Unfinished Business cameo.

Canadian, Listen, Metal, Music, Psychedelic, Shoegaze

[Listen] WTCHS – Young Girls

No Comments 02 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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.

Canadian, Electronic, Listen, Music, Pop, Shoegaze

[Listen] Faux Fantasy – Grandad the Cannibal

No Comments 02 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
faux fantasy

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?

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Electropop, Music, Pop, Shoegaze

[Album Review] Rec Centre- Monster of the Week

No Comments 28 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: November 18th, 2014
Label: Independent

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.

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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?

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Shoegaze

[Listen] The Hours- Miss Emerald Green

No Comments 27 November 2014

by Tiana Feng

Allow time to float by while you listen to The Hours’ latest single, “Miss Emerald Green”.

Alternative, Canadian, Grunge, Listen, Music, Shoegaze

[Listen] Terrorista – Double Negative

No Comments 26 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Shoegaze

[Watch] Alex Calder- Lola

No Comments 25 November 2014

by Tiana Feng Ex-Mac Demarco bandmate Alex Calder roller blades through town with a guitar in his dreamy tune "Lola" which doesn't really have any other words besides the title. The tune is from his upcoming album Strange Dreams.

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Folk, Listen, Music, Shoegaze

[Listen] MoonMuseum – Back There

No Comments 25 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
moon museum

MoonMuseum is an alternative pop band from Edmonton. “Back There” is typical of their restrained approach to indie folk-pop, with James Cuvilier’s idiosyncratic vocals sounding distant and the backing music borrowed from an early eighties college radio station.

Canadian, Chillwave, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Music, Pop, Shoegaze

[Listen] Superbloom – You Are My Wave/Always With My Friends

No Comments 14 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Shoegaze

[Listen] Painful Shivers – Blu

No Comments 04 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
painful shivers

The delightfully off-beat indie pop song “Blu” by Montreal’s Painful Shivers. They describe their music as ‘devotional prom rock’ and I honestly don’t know whether they’re kidding or serious. Whatever.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop, Shoegaze

[Listen] No Museum – Engine Parts

No Comments 28 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
no museum

We close off Weird Tuesday on a gentle note. Edmonton’s No Museum offers up “Engine Parts” from their debut album with the great title ‘I Was a Worker and Now I’m Old’. If they sound familiar then, no, you’re not crazy, because they used to be known as Twin Library.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Garage, Music, Shoegaze, Watch

[Watch] Tearjerker – You Can

No Comments 28 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

If you are waiting for Tearjerker to make it big then don’t hold your breath. Not only do they eschew all notions of being commercially viable, but also to them DIY is not just a necessity, it’s a desired aesthetic. Here’s “You Can” from the 4-track ‘Hiding’ EP.

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