Bands

The Magic Of Craft Spells

The Magic Of Craft Spells

Craft Spells brand new sophomore album “Nausea” will only be available October 6th, but in the coming months they’re sure to be releasing a few tracks bit by bit.  To ease the painful pit of waiting, they’ve just released “Breaking the Angle Against the Tide”. We get the impression the tide has shifted for them too, they’ve gone from lo-fi dream-pop we heard on their debut 3 years ago to a more introspective, somewhat neater sounding spirit.  Keep a lookout for this lot and pick up your free download via SoundCloud. 

New A Sunny Day in Glasgow – “Crushin’”

New A Sunny Day in Glasgow – “Crushin’”

Philadelphia/New York/Sydney noise-pop act A Sunny Day in Glasgow are soon to release their much-anticipated next album “Sea When Absent” via Lefse. Their latest sampling from the record, “Crushin’”, is noticeably airier than their usual bombastic anthems, but still carries the impassioned weight of their past work.

On the album, “Crushin’” follows the absolute melodramatic onslaught that is “In Love With Useless“, and the comedown is nothing short of beautiful.  From a Cocteau Twins-like vocal collage to the delicate guitar work, the song is a slow fantasy to get lost in.  The emotional crescendo continues to build into the song’s end, but just as it seems close to going off of the tracks, the air clears into a delayed synth pattern and settles.

I’ve followed this band for several years now and this is quite possibly their best and smartest example of their dream-pop songwriting prowess.  If this band has ever been too loud for you, I encourage you to give “Crushin’” a spin and reconsider.  “Sea When Absent” is available for preorder here and is out June 24.

New Music From Nightbox, “In The Rural”

New Music From Nightbox, “In The Rural”

A little while back, I gave you an update on Toronto indie-electronic band Nightbox with a new video for “Burning” and news of their second EP The Panic Sequence.  Today, we get a listen to a new track off the five-track EP called “In The Rural”.  The Panic Sequence is set to be released on April 22nd and features production work by the band and Al-P of MSTRKRFT.

TO/NYC fans, check the band out at their release shows at The Drake on April 24 and Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn on April 29.

Twin Shadow – “To The Top”

Twin Shadow – “To The Top”

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“.

Plus, it’s up for grabs for free.

Video: “The Streets Are Still A Mess” by Sebastien Grainger

Video: “The Streets Are Still A Mess” by Sebastien Grainger

In what could best be described as an epic Westside Story meets Rumble Fish tale, take a look at the video for the latest Sebastien Grainger single, “The Streets are Still A Mess.”  The music video meets film was shot over three days in Glendale & downtown LA and is a whirlwind of dance-offs and pompadours.  Conceptualized by up-and-coming director Eva Michon who pulled her inspiration from the likes of gang lore films like Warriors, song and dance staples like Beat It and the post-war German “Rebel Youth” photography of Karlheinz Weinberger.

pixel Video: The Streets Are Still A Mess by Sebastien Grainger