Take a listen to a new song from Toronto based artist Barzin, “All The While” from the upcoming release of his fourth album, To Live Alone In That Long Summer, out February 25th, 2014. When he began work on the album 3 years ago, Barzin originally envisioned a stripped down affair, but has since traveled in a different direction. While still embracing a relatively minimalist aesthetic, songs that alternate between up and down-tempo are replete with arrangements that envelope the listener like the warm glow of fading daylight. The record features some of Toronto’s finest musicians including Sandro Perri (producer), and vocal contributions from Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers), Tamara Lindeman (Weather Station), and Daniela Gesendheit (Snowblink).
“I feel I’ve been trying to make this album since I first started making records,” says Barzin.
Here is the new video for ‘Envy’, by the not-exactly-a-bandBreton. I’m a massive fan of contrasts, so it’s not a surprise that I was immediately caught by the apparent dissonance between the lyrics and the summery, feel good tone of the track. It’s a little shot of energy, drink it without moderation!
New band alert! New band alert! With barely any backstory anywhere on the web, if the lack of information about Res isn’t enough of a signifier to go on, then it’s definitely their fresh sound in the psychedelic-fused indie track ‘She’s A Witch’.
“I hear the voices of my childhood singing” – Gosh, I’ve got the sneakiest suspicion that Roo Panes is a name we’re going to hear more of in 2014. He just launched his EP on the 10th December, including the track “Land Of The Living” below. I also have no idea how we missed the video for “Open Road”, but it’s here now so unlace those boots, put your feet up and dial it back a minute whilst you listen to the Coo of Roo (I simply had, to).
A few months back we got our first listen to new music from James Vincent McMorrow in “Cavalier” off the upcoming release of Post Tropical, (out Jan. 14th via Vagrant Records). Now, a second song has emerged, “Red Dust”, another gem featuring McMorrow’s signature hushed delivery. Perfect for these dark and cold wintery nights.
As a Londoner, I feel extremely proud every time I discover local talents that deserve global attention, such as Rainer. This indie pop duo formed by the charismatic Rebekah Raa and Nic Nell (aka Casually Here) creates beautiful music that blends different influences and styles, resulting in a never-boring, dark and sexy sound. The new video for ‘Satin’, shot by Phil Sharp, is a great testament to those qualities – the strength and movement of the female body was already a feature in their previous video for ‘Girls’, but here reaches the level of what looks like a fashion production, with little twists.