Today Luka released the new single Quick Reflex.
It is taken from the upcoming album What Kind of Animal which drops on November 28, 2017.
What is “quick reflex”? It’s words written on a baseball-cap that my brother used to wear. A couple years ago I started wearing it and not knowing what the phrase referred to, I started to imagine the hat as a time machine. The song travels through the ‘20-something autumn moons’ of my childhood. In the pauses between the lyrics, I see flashes of my brothers and I making films, practicing kung-fu moves, and all the imaginary landscapes of my youth.”
– Luke Kuplowsky
RIYL Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, The Magnetic Fields, Nap Eyes
A reminder that Luka will be in Ottawa on November 25th at Pressed.
Skye Wallace released a new song called Scarlet Fever.
The new track is a rock song telling a love story set in the Yukon. It serves as a high-energy, guitar-laden taste of what’s to come on her next full length which is set for release in late 2018.
“Scarlet Fever” is the first song Skye has shared since her last album Something Wicked, which she released last year.
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Alot of albums are dropping on September 8, 2017.
This is one album I am so excited for.
The long awaited second album by https://alvvays.bandcamp.comAlvvays called Antisocialites.
It’s been three years when the band released their self-titled debut album and waiting for something new.
The wait is over and on Antisocialites with 10 tracks of upbeat and catchy melodies with the unique songwriting of Molly Rankin.
There are the upbeat energetic tracks of Plimsoll Punks, Lollipop Ode To Jim and Saved By A Waif.
To mellow track Dreams Tonite which makes you want down the streets while waiting for the bus at night.
For a Canadian band, this album is very reminiscent to (I can think of the top of my head) Cocteau Twins, The Breeders, The Cure and Camera Obsura.
Meaning it sounds so British fuzz jangle pop!
While it will be one of my top picks for “Best of 2017” albums so far.
- In Undertow
- Dreams Tonite
- Plimsoll Punks
- Lollipop Ode To Jim
- Forget About Life
I’d give Antisocialites:
Alvvays dropped single #3 called Plimsoll Punks.
It is taken from their upcoming album Antisocialites which drops on September 8, 2017 via Polyvinyl (USA) and Royal Mountain Records (Canada).
The song is the band’s answer to Television Personalities’ ‘Part-Time Punks’ and a winking surf opus indictment of the self-righteous who intend to condescend.
It has more of the 1980s Cocteau Twins sound!
Freedom Baby is a boyfriend-girlfriend duo from Toronto. They met at a local show that both were performing back in 2013. They fell in love with each other’s record collections and then with each other.
In 2016 they decided to try making records together.
It was after a while of experimenting with electronic sounds and orchestral elements we came up with “Video Daydream”. They arranged the song with a Snakes & Ladder game board as their blueprint.
Each melody and instrument snakes and climbs from one place to another and each time you play something new is going to reveal itself.
They recorded “Video Daydream” in the spring of 2017 in Eric’s apartment along with a handful of other songs (which will be released early fall on our debut EP).
The combination of Brianna’s voice paired with Eric’s arrangements creates a dreamy and melancholic experience. We’d love if you could share our musical fusion.
Grej is a Toronto solo project and performing pseudonym of Greg Harrison, a Canadian-based percussionist.
The video “Part 3” is from the album i/Variations and was choreographed/performed with dancer Mateo Galindo Torres with artist Carlos Delgado. It explores the process of expressing and absorbing rebellious actions. The work is built from traditional Colombian folk songs, which cater to the perpetual rhythmic layers. This eventually gets swallowed by waves of synth and bowed metal objects – the thematic motif of the album.
The album is a four part project where each musical work navigates through a physical and emotive journey that features manipulated cymbals and a Roland Juno synthesizer.
The band formerly known as Shahman changed their name to Low Sun.
They released their first single called Into Sun (Enough with the Sun already LOL) on Art of the Uncarved Block.
Here is a blurb about the track:
“Lyrically on “Into Sun” we wanted to experiment with how we could dissect and ultimately expand on the seemingly mundane experiences people tend to let pass them by. Mostly, we were curious as to what separates an everyday, or random observation, with one that is powerfully religious in its essence. Sometimes we are unaware that attention and perception are the only things that separate the two.”
Have a listen to the song.
Reminder that they will be in Ottawa on July 14th at Pressed.
Details are on here.
Since it is summer right now and need something for a catchy tune?
Listen to Toronto’s Blimp Rock with Wet Hot Canadian Summer.
“In Southern Ontario, summertime is fleeting. I’m writing this in June and it’s below ten degrees outside. On those first few warm days people outside look like their crush just told them they’re crushing on them back. While it may sound like we recorded Wet Hot in a cloud of pot smoke, we actually recorded it high on summertime vibes: dogs in canoes, fires on the beach and shooting drones out of the sky. Happy summer 2017 everybody!”
Wet Hot Canadian Summer is taken from Soap Opera which is the first album released inside a bar of soap.