A beauty of an off-kilter track from Canadian electronic duo Featurette, Upside Down is an ode to the strangely mixed-up world we live in nowadays.
The Toronto-based pair of Lexie Jay and Jon Fedorsen create a richly-layed sound that is synth-heavy, slick and smooth, yet with an air of unpredictability that makes it a less than comfortable first listen but goes on to get well and truly stuck in your brain. In that sense, it’s a little Phantogram-esque… and that’s a very good thing.
Featurette – Upside Down
New from Canadian band Jade The Moon is Hotels, a song inspired by the experience of living out of a suitcase for a touring life on the road.
The track is from the upcoming album 11:11 which is set for release in early 2018. The band – made up of Vancouver singer-songwriter Jade Moon and Toronto-based production team Bad Cop // Mean Cop – said of the album: “It’s a collection of tracks we can best describe as musical photographs. A moment in time turned dance party, true story turned love song, a daydream turned erie alt pop lullaby. These new songs truly reflect our stories. Although very personal and coming from very different places, our collective experiences feel somewhat universal.”
Jade The Moon – Hotels
Brand new from Montréal-based duo Haute is Shut Me Down, a suitably slick vibe for the onset of a weekend we feel.
Haute – Shut Me Down
Folk-pop harmonies abound in this enchanting song from The Cedar Sisters. Not actually sisters, the Canadian duo are Jane Carmichael and Elle Hermansen and the pair met when both were brought in as backup singers for a local rock band. The two songwriters felt an instant personal and musical connection, and soon after began writing together, creating songs that they describe as ‘electro-folk pop’.
Wait is their first single and they are currently writing and recording more new songs with the goal of releasing a debut EP later this year.
The Cedar Sisters – Wait
Toronto-based five-piece Alvvays returned to Southampton to perform their pleasant brand of indie-pop for a sold out show at The Talking Heads. The band drew a crowd of dedicated fans, with the venue packed with people of all ages.
The band opened their set with new song Saved by a Waif, followed by popular anthem Adult Diversion, which got the crowd moving. Alvvays’ set consisted of old favourites from their 2014 debut album including the bouncy tracks Atop a Cake and Next of Kin and the more chilled Ones Who Love You, as well as new material from upcoming album Antisocialites. Continue reading
Canadian indie-pop outfit Alvvays marked the announcement of their second album with this beauty of a first track. In Undertow is taken from the forthcoming LP Antisocialites which is out on 9 August.
The Toronto-based five-piece create a wonderful wall of sound, topped off with the sublime vocals of singer Molly Rankin and we can’t wait to hear more from the follow up to their self-titled debut album.
Alvvays – In Undertow
American Nightmare is a pop-punk tune about choosing a different path to life to the supposedly utopian ‘American Dream’ that many pursue. It’s a song that also underlines the Toronto-based singer-songwriter’s knack for a hook. A much bigger profile beckons.
DYLYN – American Nightmare
For Canadian pop outfit Marianas Trench, May was a particularly busy month. The band’s Final Countdown tour [Europe – geddit?!] took in much of Europe in a marathon 17-date tour in support of latest album Astoria and recent single Who Do You Love (check out the video for that track too!).
With a set made up primarily of tracks from the new album plus a smattering of older material, the band are clearly made for the live show, bringing a real sense of energy and excitement to their music, which itself is a seemingly impossible blend of 80s rock/metal, 70s glam and contemporary pop. It sounds like it should never work but it really does, and makes for a memorable evening out.
The band will be in action again in their home country over the coming months, playing a string of festival dates in Canada during July and August.
Photos: Becca Arnold
It’s almost a year to the day that we first featured Canadian singer songwriter LeRiche with the wonderful Bury Me, a song we loved ever since the first listen, so it’s great to get this new one from him.
This is LeRiche’s first new song since signing with Fierce Panda in the UK and Indica Records in Australia and there are understandably high hopes for it. He has that knack of creating great songs, and Under Covers is another that deserves to be heard far and wide.
LeRiche – Under Covers
There’s no better way to start the week than with a track that has just the right balance to help get things moving. Away With Me is a cool collaboration between Toronto-based electronic trip Closely and Los Angeles duo Novelties, made up of Kelly Mylod and Sophie Noire.
Its tropical flavour brings the sunshine, whether or not you’re basking in the real thing wherever you are right now!
Closely / Novelties – Away With Me
Dark pop at its best from Canada-based Alex Bent + The Emptiness. The track is taken from the 22-year-old singer-songwriter’s sophomore album Dead, In The Water.
Alex Bent + The Emptiness – Hold On To Me Forever
Toronto-based quartet ROMES have released their debut single Tryna Be, a great piece of indie-pop that has been firmly on our office playlist in recent days.
The track is taken from the EP Believe which is released on 19 August.
ROMES – Tryna Be
This fresh track from Canadian Sophia Danai deserves some decent airplay. It’s a slick song about the ending of a toxic relationship, with a brooding undercurrent and vocals sung with meaningful intent.
Taken from her album Love Royale which was released earlier this year, Bitter is a seamless collaboration with Brevner, a Vancouver-based MC who appears on the song and also helped produce it.
Danai tours Canada and the US during late August into September.
Sophia Danai – Bitter (ft Brevner)
We’ve been adoring this song for the past couple of weeks but decided we really can’t keep it to ourselves any longer. Bury Me builds beautifully from a quiet, doleful start and unfurls into a wonderful, all-encompassing sound.
The track is the second single to be taken from the Canadian singer-songwriter’s forthcoming EP Quiet Steady which is due for release this summer.
LeRiche – Bury Me