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.
If ever you needed a reason to walk down a corridor, a street or even your kitchen, with gusto- this song may be the cause. You may even find one hand pounding your chest and the other up in a triumphant “Rocky” fist. It’s richly righteous and anthemic and sits comfortably next to last year’s GTA “Old Love/New Love“.
I must just warn you, something will happen to you at the 3:40 of this track. It’s a moment that transcends, almost as if it sounds like the slower dulled-down opening sequence of “One Big Holiday” by My Morning Jacket. Get your fingers dirty by nibbling on some Prawns will ya?
Not entirely sure how we managed to miss this track, considering our penchant for being blatantly obsessed with music coming out of Australia. This song is a cliche for feelings, as in, it gives you many of them, consecutively, without hesitation right until the end. Well that isn’t entirely true either because the smooth guitar pick still lingers for a while afterwards. All we really want at the end of the day is for you to feel?
“Just tell the truth” is, perhaps the most simple and honest request one could render. Unfortunately the truth is a difficult to bare sometimes but during this track’s vocal proclamations and a beautiful melody, Liam Back stands on a soapbox asking us for it. Truth is, with sentiment likened to Baz Luhrman’s “Sunscreen” and the first few moments of CEO’s “Whorehouse”, Back is apparently just an average guy making beats – “nothing more, nothing less”.
Far from average we reckon so listen to the track here.
Let’s take it down a notch with Manchester Orchestra’s ‘Top Notch‘ track shall we? Play on words heavily intended. A well-written track shows its truest colours when you strip it down and release it with nothing but strings, piano and vocal. This version takes an entirely different turn, with an entirely different intention. Perhaps the lyrics are easier to interpret now. Perhaps stripped down it showcases another side of the writing that may have been lost in the foggy tempo of the original.
Perhaps it falls down to taste, either way – it’s deeply moving.
“I wasn’t meant for so much happiness” has been ringing in my ear since I heard the single from Museum of Love last year. Shouting into a few tin cans about it too and finally it’s getting the light it deserves premiering over at Spin. LCD Soundsystem’s Pat Mahoney moves from behind the drums to lead vocals with Jee Day from Juan MacLean. I really wasn’t meant for so much happiness.