Current Listening To: Hayden Calnin

Current Listening To: Hayden Calnin

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With so much of my day job’s focus on business in the US, when its American Thanksgiving I might as well treat it like a holiday here too.  Completely dead here, phone and inbox.  Great for catching up on lingering “to do’s”, but it makes it a little harder to find musical gems.  Good thing I’ve always got one up my sleeve, for slower days.

For fans of Bon IverJames Vincent McMorrow, check out Australian songwriter Hayden Calnin.  Over the past few months, interest in his music has been growing via features in Rolling Stone, Clash, synchs in Teen Wolf and Suits, plus an appearance at Australia’s BIGSOUND Festival.   We’re to look forward to his debut LP next year, but in the meantime get familiar with this artist with a taste below.

Take a listen to “Coward”.

Video: “Mess Is Mine” by Vance Joy (Blackbox Session)

Video: “Mess Is Mine” by Vance Joy (Blackbox Session)

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I’ve been listening to a good amount of Vance Joy‘s album Dream Your Life Away lately, which is a pretty fantastic album.  Although, I find myself hitting skip on his now overplayed “Riptide”, while staying on track 2 (“Mess Is Mine”) for more than one listen before going on to track 3.  While he was in Toronto, he stopped by Indie88’s Collective Arts Black Box to do a performance of a stripped down “Mess Is Mine”.  Check it out.

Currently Listening To: Lydia Ainsworth

Currently Listening To: Lydia Ainsworth

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Lydia Ainsworth‘s experimental pop sounds can only be described as magical.  The Toronto-based songstress has been making waves on the festival circuit, just finishing a series of showcases at CMJ and M for Montreal, and her debut release ‘Right from Real’ (released on Arbutus Records in September) has quickly become one of my favourite albums of 2014.

Listening to her music it is no surprise that she trained in film composition at both McGill and NYU — her songs are ethereal, cinematic, and breathtaking.

Torontonians, catch her at the Drake next Friday, December 5 supported by Digits.

I Prefer Worry

I Prefer Worry

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There’s some current buzz going for London artist Jack Garratt, especially for his latest James Blake sounding track “The Love You’re Given” released online a few days ago.  I first heard this track the night before last before leaving work on my friend Nisha’s blog, who tipped me to an older (and I believe stronger) track “Worry”.  Fantastic.

The latter comes Garratt’s 4-track EP, Remnants, released earlier this year.

Video: “New York” by Milk & Bone

Video: “New York” by Milk & Bone

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Montreal electro-pop duo Milk & Bone (Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin) craft ethereal soundscapes topped with sweet vocals, showcased in a world of black and white for their music video for “New York”.  These gals were one of my favourite performances last week at M for Montreal, and with their debut album set for release in early 2015 they are definitely an act to watch.

“Sudden Acts” by Temple Invisible

“Sudden Acts” by Temple Invisible

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Although the name Temple Invisible isn’t quick to roll off the tongue, this song will quickly climb into your periphery and grab that attention of yours within seconds.  Can songs do that?  Oh yes they can!  The Bucharest-based trio have just released their new electro-pop track called ‘Sudden Acts’ off of their upcoming debut EP ‘Enter_’, (out December 15th).  There’s a little bit of everything current riling through these notes, you’ve got the darker tones of trip-hop subtly grumbling below her sweet airy vocals and the whole thing just feels downright worthy of a repeat play once you get to the end.  Excited by what’s to come.