Toronto-based music blog finding the best new music in the feeds. To the point track features, videos, quick reviews and streaming playlists
About Lior Phillips
Lior Phillips doesn’t particularly like pie, but seems to dabble in many with growing fears of actually becoming one, some day. Based in Cape Town, South Africa she is a Freelance Wardrobe Stylist & Writer with a firm base in Brand Consulting. There are so many other-wordly bands out there she so often feels it unfair to have only been granted one set of ears. A stickler for detail and a lover of all things that are drastically oversized or undersized (E.G XXL mugs & travel size toiletries) her fixation with fantasy/sci-fi novels live on the same trajectory as her fixation with the world of music – both move and whirl vividly in her imagination; a fitting and introspective backdrop.
I for one, have missed people dancing in videos. I wonder what it is about a well timed, well shot, well choreographed dance routine that gets me so excited? The corners of my mouth curved upwards within seconds of the first few beats and if we may lets put the gushiness that we sprawled all over the site last year – aside – this funk-alt-synth-pop group from London are busy earnin… my respect (…and a slew of genre tagging).
The energy of the song combined with the video is quite honestly delightful but wait until that last tracking shot.
Lost In The Dream, the upcoming album by The War On Drugs is, as of right now, one of my top 5 most anticipated releases in March – so it’s no wonder they’ve just given us some tantalizing pre-gifts to wet the palate and enthuse the mind. It’s for the first single “Red Eyes” and shows all the members of the band posing as judges in a talent contest I would most probably end up in. It’s completely sweet and real – which is the exact sentiment their songwriting exudes. Here’s the link to pre-order the album and you’d get a big “X” from us, if you don’t.
Sitting down at your ‘puter with notebooks sprawled out around you, legs crossed, earphones in and the volume turned up loud. This sounds like an everyday quirk right? Oh wait, smack in some beautiful tunes and you’ve got possibly one of the most standard predispositions known to modern man.
Here’s the catch.
That beautiful tune came to me after a record label I follow on Twitter posted the link. *shudder* dare I say it slowly the song is actually the soundtrack for A Tourism Campaign for Brisbane.
I’m not as ashamed as I was when I thought the band’s name was actually “Give Me Brisbane Any day” for a few seconds. Now that the embarrassed nerdy cat’s out the bag – it’s a soundtrack that introduced me to Brisbane band Eves, so I’m not the slightest perturbed how I caught on to them. We’re all friends here.
The young Brisbane artist Hannah Karydas and her band have released a few other tracks to date “Zen” and “Heavy“. For me, this one was dynamic enough to catch my attention irrespective of what it was commissioned for. Perhaps the lesson is that it really is just about the music in the end of the day. Holiday in Brisbane anybuddy?
So this little nugget popped in earlier and whilst the beat feels so proudly loud, shaped up and ready for your ears to devour, you would never have guessed it’s off their debut EP. Which means you’ve probably already clicked play (I have that affect on people) whilst the song gets you into some serious synth-swaying – you’ll be hooked within seconds.
The video feels familiar, perhaps because you could easily picture a song like this being let out and played in a large open space, perhaps because you could easily picture yourself going mad in a large open space, to a song like this. Feeling dizzy yet? CHVRCHES were the ones who first sowed the seeds and shared Prides debut single ‘Out Of The Blue’ and they damn-well did a good job catapulting the band to the right spot. The EP’s out at the end of March, so go ahead and press that replay button willya? It’ll brighten but the bluest Monday!
Yerp – we’re having a little bit of a love affair with Sylvan Esso over here, chalk it up to pre-Valentines Day emotions if you will. We’re getting all flustered and it’s from just a spot of news from the muso’s.
Whilst we sit and wait for their self titled debut LP, out on May 13th (via the wonderful Partisan Records) here’s another track for you and some tour dates. Other than getting “Hey, mami, I know what you want mami” stuck in your head, this song seems to slap around harmonies, bass and tempo pretty perfectly.
Here’s some of those dates we mentioned:
2/11 Los Angeles, CA – Satellite
2/13 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
2/14 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar *
2/15 Seattle, WA – Barboza *
3/12-16 Austin, TX – SXSW
3/20 London, UK – Lexington #
3/21 Brussels, BE – Botanique #
3/23 Amsterdam, NL – MC Theatre #
3/25 Berlin, DE – Privat Club #
3/26 London, UK – Oval Space ~
* w/ Dana Buoy
# w/ Wye Oak
~ w/ Tycho
If this track were actually a cup of delicious brewed coffee, I wouldn’t mind waking up to it every single morning. Like caffeine, I’d take one giant sip and let the raw energy of it all just fuel the rest of my day.
The collaboration of Amelia Meath from the folk trio Mountain Man and bassist Nick Sanborn from Megafaun make up Sylvan Esso, the latest obsession. They’ll be releasing this track via Partisan Records on 25th March, but until then we’ve found some other visual goodies that will possibly make you want to turn that ‘sip’ into an intravenous drip. Initially you could you hear their synchronicity on the production, but now watching it live you see the duo approach the song and stage as if all formula’s of a well intended collaboration were destined to come together quite brilliantly.
Stream the track below and get a little taste of the duo recorded live at the Wilderness Bureau.