Currently Listening To: Close Talker

Currently Listening To: Close Talker

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People tend to avoid close talkers, but I’ve got a compelling reason to let them in.  Close Talker are Saskatchewan based indie rock quartet, drawing comparisons to Bon Iver, Local Natives and Bombay Bicycle Club.  They’re set to release their sophomore record “Flux” via Nevado Records on November 4th and “Burnstick” is the debut single.

Take a listen.

Video: “Yelling In My Sleep” by Rich Aucoin

Video: “Yelling In My Sleep” by Rich Aucoin

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Following the release of the “Are You Experiencing?” video and the single “Want To Believe,” Rich Aucoin is has recently shared the video for album track “Yelling In Sleep.”  The animated video was directed by Canadian Joel MacKenzie and was recently awarded Best Music Video at Animation Block Party 2014, in Brooklyn.  This song is about the failures in all types of our relationships, explains Rich. “Yelling in our sleep” is a phrase to elicit the frustration we have when we lose these relationships and the nightmare that haunts us afterwards.

Brand New Goldroom – “Till Sunrise”

Brand New Goldroom – “Till Sunrise”

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A few weeks ago LA-based producer Goldroom gave fans the chance to collaborate and premix his song “Till Sunrise” via the aptly title initiative, “Goldroom Premix”. After stating that the proper single will only arrive today (11/08) it stands as a new-age way to release music. It’s fresh, unusual and I think it worked. It not only involves the fan aspect right at the core of the offering, but it gave artists the opportunity to put their own Gold stamp on the track – something that usually only happens after a single is released. Today marks the release of the original – the egg or, err, is it the chicken of the equation? Whichever way you look at it – it’s a great little pop number written by Goldroom with vocals by Mammals.

Currently Listening To: Absolutely Free

Currently Listening To: Absolutely Free

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I’m posting this from the front seat of Toyota Camry, crawling up the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto, heading for the 404 highway north to cottage country.  I’m spending the weekend throwing a bachelor party for my older brother and today I’ve been making some playlists for when we inevitably end up down at the dock, drinking cold ones and listening to tunes.

Guaranteed to make the cut is the song “Beneath The Air” from Toronto band Absolutely Free.  This is the first single from the bands’ upcoming self-title debut album (out October 14 on A&C).  A dazzling suite in eight movements,  Absolutely Free, finds the three piece honing and expanding their sound, all the while integrating new analog electronics, African polyrhythms, psychedelia, and wisps of Bollywood and Krautrock.

Take a listen to “Beneath The Air”.

Mr Twin Sister’s slow burner, “Blush”

Mr Twin Sister’s slow burner, “Blush”

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On one hand, I’ve always appreciated the versatility Mr Twin Sister (formerly known as Twin Sister), whether they were tackling lofi dream pop ballads or full on disco stompers.  On the other, they all seemed like enjoyable experiments of a band still searching for their core.

Blush” retains all the enchantment of their past work, but nothing about it seems makeshift; this is as well composed as we’ve heard them.  A clean combination of strings, guitar work, and sultry vocals form a sexy slice of AM R&B radio gold.  If the first three minutes were successful in enchanting you into late night indulgence, then you will find the closing saxophone solo to be absolutely unfair.

Color me excited to hear more from the rebirth of this band. Listen to “Blush” below.

Indie Music Filter: Best Of July 2014 (Playlists)

Indie Music Filter: Best Of July 2014 (Playlists)

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Playlists are up!  Here’s what I thought was the best of July 2014 on RdioSoundcloudSpotify and Youtube.  July was great for new music, check songs from Phoria, Operators, Broods, Lowell, Kate Boy, The RAA and many more.

Best of July 2014: Playlist (Rdio) / Best of July 2014: Playlist (Soundcloud) / Best of July 2014: Playlist (Spotify) / Best of July 2014: Playlist (Youtube)