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Video: “Cold Light” by Operators (Pitchfork Nightcap Session)

Video: “Cold Light” by Operators (Pitchfork Nightcap Session)

Finally, I get another chance to hear the killer song “Cold Light” from Operators.  Watch the band at the after party of MusicFestNW at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, Oregon, as part of Pitchfork’s Nightcap Series.  Last week at Festival Music House in Toronto, Operators closed their set with this track, which I can only assume will be on their upcoming full-length release.

“Beach” – Still Parade

“Beach” – Still Parade

Normally, Lior beats me to the punch to put up brand new tracks from Still Parade, but I seemed to have won this time.  Sit back and relax to the beauty that is “Beach”, the final track from the Fields EP (due for digital and vinyl release via Serve & Volley Records and Day By Day Records on 19th September).  “Beach” is an acoustic and analogue piece where four different parts are fused together.  The song guides the listener through four sound-landscapes, just as the EP takes the listener through four different tracks, exploring the bands’ “Dream-Folk” sound.

If I worked as a music supervisor, I’d take notice of this one.

“For You” – Fickle Friends

“For You” – Fickle Friends

Brighton band Fickle Friends have a great habit of releasing extremely catch songs.  They set the blogs on fire earlier with their singles “Swim”, “Play”, now this one is “For You”.  Singer Natti Shiner says the track is about “realising a relationship isn’t ever going to go anywhere, despite how sad it feels & how much you really want it to work“.   Look for this on their release out via Crazy Heart Records next week and and Killing Moon yesterday.   Take a spin.

Soft Offering

Soft Offering

Nothing against “Kintsukuroi“, but if were in Hey Rosetta!’s collective shoes, I would have premiered “Soft Offering” as the first single off the bands’ forthcoming record, Second Sight (out October 21, 2014 via Sonic Records/Warner).  The album opener and clever play on words, “Soft Offering (for the Oft Suffering)”, is a swaggering, drum driven anthem for the long nights leading into the break of day.  Lead singer/songwriter, Tim Baker notes “It’s all about the morning coming to tear down the vision that the sweet, irresponsible, unscheduled hours that the night offers.”

Already confirmed for a November run of dates stateside with Montreal’s indie-pop icons, STARS, the two bands will continue the touring partnership in early 2015 with a stretch of confirmed co-headline shows across Canada in February, including back-to-back shows booked in Toronto (Danforth Music Hall) and Vancouver (The Vogue). Full dates here.

New Music From The Darcys, “Ultra Violet”

New Music From The Darcys, “Ultra Violet”

I ran into Wes and Jason of The Darcys this past weekend while they were DJing an Rdio party in Toronto.  Since we’d actually never met before, I walked up and introduced myself as the guy who’s blog they took over.  We had a good chat about the music industry, their tour of schools and alternatives to Katy Perry.  One thing that didn’t come up was the news of their one-year anniversary of the release of their fantastic album Warring.   To celebrate, the Toronto band have put up the song “Ultra Violet” (a previously unreleased bonus track from the album) online and will head across Canada for a series of select performances (see below).

The Darcys Tour Dates:
September 13   Toronto, ON Indie 88 1 Year Anniversary w/ Dan Mangan, Lowell {SOLD OUT}
October 04       Kingston, ON Q POP Festival @ The Underground  w/ July Talk
October 07       Thunder Bay, ON @ Black Pirates Pub
October 09       Regina, SK @ O’Hanlons
October 10       Calgary, AB @ The Gateway
October 11       Edmonton, AB UP+DT Festival @ Starlite w/ Constantines
October 12       Edmonton, AB UP+DT Festival @ Yellowhead Brewery w/ Young Guv
October 17       Saskatoon, SK Amigo’s
October 18       Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre