Posts Tagged ‘Montreal’

This week Wolf Parade returned with a brand new single, “Against the Day.” It was shared via a video for the track. It’s the band’s first new song since their 2017 reunion album Cry Cry Cry. The song is out now via Sub Pop Records and you can watch the video below. “Against the Day” features alternating vocals between Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug and Scorpion Dagger directed the video.

Band Members
Arlen Thompson
Dan Boeckner
Spencer Krug

 

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Common Holly (real name Brigitte Naggar) has come a long away since self-releasing her debut album Playing House back in 2016. It quickly stirred up buzz, helping Brigitte ink a deal with Solitaire Recordings, who gave the album a wider release in 2017, which is when the Montreal artist started to catch on in the U.S. The album’s folk and jazz-pop vibes gained Common Holly more than a few comparisons to fellow Canadian Feist, but on its new followup — and Barsuk Records debut — “When I say to you Black Lightning”, she is taking her sound into much different territories. This time around, the first comparison that comes to mind is Julia Holter, but really she is just continuing to carve a unique space for herself. Instead of folk and jazz-pop, Black Lightning takes Common Holly’s sound in more atmospheric and more experimental art-pop directions than ever before.

It’s both more complex and more gorgeous sounding, and despite it being a more experimental album, it’s just as accessible as the debut. Brigitte herself says the album “documents a period of growth,” and that’s obvious just from listening to it. The album was made over a two-year period, which is sort of a long time in our fast-paced, short-attention-span world, but when you make artistic leaps like Common Holly did on Black Lightning, it’s worth the wait.

Common Holly’s Album “When I say to you Black Lightning” out October 18th.

Corridor Loser Edition LP

Corridor are a group from Montreal and their latest Sub Pop Records debut, “Junior”, was made just yesterday. The rock’n’roll band had barely inked their record deal when they surfed into studio, racing against time to make the most dazzling, immediate and inventive album of their young career: 39 minutes of darting and dodging guitars, spiraling vocal harmonies, and the complicated, goldenrod nostalgia of a Sunday mid-afternoon.

This ain’t Corridor’s first rodeo. Junior is the band’s third full-length and their third recorded with their friend, producer (and occasionally roommate) Emmanuel Ethier. However 2015’s Le Voyage Éternel and 2017’s Supermercado were made languorously, their songs taking shape across whole seasons.

This time Dominic Berthiaume (vocals/bass), Julian Perreault (guitar), Jonathan Robert (vocals/guitar/synths), and Julien Bakvis (drums) permitted themselves no such indulgence. The band were committed to releasing an album every two years, and for Junior it required a blitz. “If you want to release something this fall, we need the masters by the 10th of May,” the label had warned them. Winter was already in its last throes: on March 1, Corridor went into studio; in mid-April, Corridor came out. They had somehow created the album  Junior and it was, if we may be so bold, spectacular.

“Topographe” from the Corridor album Junior (Release Date: October 18, 2019)

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Half Moon Run’s newest single, “Flesh and Blood”, balances gorgeous harmonies with strikingly clean acoustic guitar and honest lyrics. The song is about learning to love someone and learning to accept love, both from yourself and others. The powerful song, from their upcoming album “A Blemish In The Great Light”, perfectly captures the band’s indie rock sound, with foot-tapping guitar and percussion as well as refreshing piano and guitar melodies. Half Moon Run a video to accompany Flesh and Blood on September 16th, which will showcase the band members’ relationships with each other and provide viewers a glimpse at the creative processes used to craft the song and album.

Half Moon Run’s new album, “A Blemish In The Great Light”,

Band Members
Devon Portielje, Conner Molander, Dylan Phillips, Isaac Symonds

Music Video for “Flesh and Blood” by Half Moon Run

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It’s been three years since Montreal’s Elephant Stone released an album — through frontman Rishi Dir was also busy with his psych led supergroup Mein — but are working on the follow-up to Ship of Fools as we speak. That won’t be out till 2020, but they do have a new single that finds the usually jangly band dipping a toe into heavy rock territory. “‘Land of Dead’ began with stoner-rock riff on the sitar; it was pretty quick to write,” Rishi tells us. “Lyrically, I knew it would be the dark centerpiece of a song suite. Working with my friend, and Mien bandmate, John Mark Lapham, we came up with the lyrics telling of a world devoid of empathy and burning skies. It’s tragic how life imitates art.” Crank it up: “Land of Dead” you can listen below.

Elephant Stone are playing Austin’s Levitation festival in November,

“Land Of Dead” (Elephants On Parade/Fuzz Club), out Friday September 20th,

La Force will be performing at SXSW 2019

Ariel Engle is a recent addition to the Canadian supergroup Broken Social Scene, filling a role once held by Leslie Feist. Listen to her work as La Force, and you’ll hear one clear reason the band thought of her to fill the bill: She’s got that same smoky, haunting vibe, landing somewhere between detachment and almost discomfiting intimacy. To delve into “Lucky One” is to hang on her every lushly appointed, impeccably controlled word.

The music of La Force is nocturnal electronic pop, featuring Engle’s enchanting vocals over dynamic production.

Born out of the culmination of AroarA – her musical project with husband and Broken Social Scene bandmate Andrew Whiteman La Force is a deep reflection on the magic and dismantlement of motherhood; the never-ending tightrope walk of life, and death; and the re-discovery of self.

Her first single “You Amaze Me” layers seductive melodies over restrained electronics. A love song to Whiteman, “You Amaze Me” defines the tender but powerful essence of La Force. Shaped with Warren Spicer of Plants & Animals, and featuring members of Suuns, Patrick Watson, and Broken Social Scene, “You Amaze Me” crystallizes the reverent, spiritual tone of Engle’s musical being. Borrowing its identity from the tarot card representing Strength, La Force captures the bold creative spirit of an undeniable voice.

Her presence resounds on Broken Social Scene’s 2017 album, Hug Of Thunder, lending fluid, commanding vocals to the oblique anthem “Stay Happy” and leaving an indelible mark on the collective’s rousing performances. Stepping up to the role first helmed by the immeasurable talent of Leslie Feist, Engle brings La Force’s singularity to the familial energy of Broken Social Scene.

Clocking in at a mere 40 minutes, Ought’s third studio album Room Inside the World earnestly delivers with strategic, unexpected song development and passionate, yearning lyrics. This is not a one-note album.This record champions the Canadian outfit’s ability to embrace a multitude of sounds, bridging the gaps between several similar, yet very different genres. While some songs are naturally rock ’n’ roll, others are pure post-punk, digging into Joy Division-like vocals and progressive bass-driven blocks. Room Inside the World takes you for a winding, unpredictable ride, one that ends much earlier than you’d like, leaving you wanting more.

“Disgraced in America,” from this Montreal post-punk band Ought’s album Room Inside the World, is a song led by Tim Darcy’s melodramatic, at times Bowie-esque and other times Ian Curtis-esque, lead vocals, which are so painstaking, impactful and heart-wrenching, they would make an enthralling a cappella track. The track also includes robotic keyboards, jangly, melodic guitars, crying horns and chaotic, dense percussion worth getting lost in.

From the album Room Inside the World, out now on Merge Records / Royal Mountain.

Canada’s Frontperson release “Young Love”, which details the uncertain yet exhilarating feelings that arise in the early stages of a relationship, as Kathryn Calder explains:

“‘Young Love’ was one of the last things we finished. It was kind of tricky to get right because it is a delicate song. Lyrically, I was trying to capture the feeling of meeting someone and those first days when everything is kind of unsettled but yet you also know it’s the right thing. I remember the final glue to the song – when it felt like we had figured it out – was when Mark and I played our guitars together into one microphone, inspired by an early Leonard Cohen kind of sound. There was something kind of lo-fi about playing the song that way that really worked.”

Frontperson are: Kathryn Calder, Mark Andrew Hamilton, with Melissa McWilliams, Jen Sévertson, Clea Foofat, Foon Yap , Marek Tyler
From their album ‘Frontrunner’, out 21st September on Oscar St. Records.

Today we’re happy to announce Four Desires, a 4 track EP of our individual versions of “Desire”. 3 remixes and a cover. We had some time apart before touring started up this year, so each of us worked on a track at home.

You can get them today on special cassette thru Merge Records

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Released August 21st, 2018

Founded in 2014, Men I Trust , is an indie band from Montreal (Canada) who loves smooth sounds, calm melodies and simple rhythms that relax, but make your right foot tap and your chin bounce on the beats. They record, mix, master and shoot their music videos.

MEN I TRUST, are connoisseurs of dreamy disco pop, are back with their latest release ‘Show Me How’. Like their past couple of releases including 2017’s ‘Hope To Be Around’ and ‘Tailwhip’, the single takes listeners away from the dreariness of city reality and into the haziness of road trips and spontaneous camping getaways. And with our summer now at an end, and winter standing stonily at the end of Autumn’s 3-month tunnel, it is a reminder that those sunlit days are sure to come again.

It is a thoughtful track with an endearing hook. The soft guitar caresses the angelic vocals cozily and the drums provide a solid, slightly R&B, base. The corroborating video clip seems to portray a content loneliness where vocalist, Emma, can be seen walking through a luminously lit cityscape. It depicts an obscurity, a dreaminess that comes with the daydreams we associate with new lovers. And like all of Men I Trust’s discography, it is a tender almost bittersweet love song; a slow and succulent but delicate retelling of a pleasant and hopeful adventure.