Bands

Currently Listening To: LYON

Currently Listening To: LYON

A few weeks back, I put up the latest from Wolf Saga, his cover of The Strokes classic “You Only Live Once”.  I mentioned in the post that the vocal contribution came from Toronto synth-pop  artist LYON, who today I have an original song from.  “Cut Me Loose” is her first offering of new music since last year’s acclaimed “Indian Summer” EP, which reveals a more dynamic and sonically developed sound than her previous material.  For fans of bands like CHVRCHES (and I definitely hear similarities to Foster The People in the chorus), check out “Cut Me Loose” by LYON.

Breakfast In Fur

Breakfast In Fur

I just keep hitting repeat on this song.

Check out “Shape” from Hudson Valley quintet Breakfast In Fur.  There’s something about how this song paces along, building in sound as parts are added throughout.

The band have just announced their debut LP, Flyaway Garden, will be arriving February 3rd on Bar/None Records.  Composed of Dan Wolfe, Kaitlin Van Pelt, Mike Hollis, Chris Walker & Pete Newman, Breakfast In Fur draw on the beauty and majestic scenery of the Catskills to create a experimental, psychedelic, rock that weaves British IDM, ambient and elements of jazz throughout its meandering and awe-inspiring eleven tracks.

New Music From Bipolar Sunshine, “Daydreamer”

New Music From Bipolar Sunshine, “Daydreamer”

Manchester raised artist Adio Marchant (aka Bipolar Sunshine) is back with some new music with “Daydreamer” (out Jan. 25th).  The atypical pop track incorporates both the despondent and the upbeat with intelligent and unique lyrics with an all-encompassing chorus.  The song is a collaboration with SBTRKT and was produced by Fraser T Smith (Adele, Lily Allen, Sam Smith).

Marchant is currently finishing work on his debut album, set to be released next summer.

Dancing Underwater

Dancing Underwater

Have you heard of Brave Shores?  They’re a Toronto electro-pop duo comprised of brother and sister Jay and Stefanie McCarol, who have just released their self-titled debut EP on October 28 (Universal).  There’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard their first collaboration together, “Never Come Down“, featured in a Bell Canada commercial last year.  The interest that ensued enticed the two to sit down and write what would become their debut EP.

Toronto people, check them out next month as they open for Big Data on December 17 as part of The Edge’s “Jingle Bell Rock” event.  For fans of CHVRCHES, The Naked and Famous, check out “Dancing Underwater”.

Currently Listening To: Holy Family

Currently Listening To: Holy Family

You gotta trust your friends when they tip you to new bands.

The other night, during an unexpected late night drinking session in the East End, I got three great recommendations of bands to check out, including a tip to hear new music from some band with Holy in the name.  Holy…. something.  I confirmed it the next morning that I should hear the newest from from Holy Family.  The Montreal (via Gothenburg, Sweden) duo are Anton Ekman + Viktor Hansson, who’ve got a new record out called “Can’t Dance, Won’t Steal, Need Some Help”.  The album has the band compiling 5 tracks from their shared one-room Montreal apartment with the other 5 tracks completed while in Gothenburg.

I don’t know where “Alexander The Great” was recorded, but it’s my choice for your first listen.  Anyone going to M For Montreal next week?   If I were, I’d be making time to see this band.