You could listen to Woodkid‘s album “The Golden Age” without watching any videos and still find it absolutely overwhelming and brilliant. But that wouldn’t be the complete experience. Yoann Lemoine is a talented video director and, from inception, his intention with that incredible album seemed to involve a complex multisensory experience. “The Golden Age” is the purest form of storytelling: it is visual and audible poetry.
But alas, every story comes to an end. The last breath of “The Golden Age” is a disconcerting 11 minute video that finally makes all the pieces of the puzzle come together. It is dramatic in its mundane subject and deeply touching in its rawness and honesty. After the first play I knew one thing for sure: Woodkid belongs in big screens, with live orchestras, telling stories. And I am really looking forward to hearing and seeing and feeling the next one.
Canada’s music scene is unquestionably as diverse as the country itself, so our recent export of incredible electro-pop songstresses should come as no surprise. From Grimes to Lowell, these gals have something important to say, and are saying it loud and clear.
The latest attention-grabbing addition to the genre is Montreal-based Mozart’s Sister (aka Caila Thompson-Hannant), whose ‘Hello’ EP got rave reviews from the likes of Pitchfork last year. Now signed to Paper Bag Records and Merok Records, her debut full-length album is set to be released in August, and I’ve got dark but dancey lead single “Enjoy” on constant repeat in preparation.
Take a four and a quarter minute break, close your eyes on put on “Drifting”. Written by ON AN ON‘s Nate Eisland, Nygel Asselin (producer of Half Moon Run) and Toronto songstress, STACEY, “Drifting” is the second offering from The Red Album; a collection of songs written on the Red Brick Songs retreat in Huntsville, Ontario weeks ago featuring 15 songwriters from all across North America (including ON AN ON, Psychic Twin, JMR, Los Encantados, EXROYALE, Andy Shauf, STACEY, Library Voices, In-Flight Safety, Cuff The Duke and Oh Travioso).
Vinyl Thief is Nashville’s Grayson Proctor (vocals, synth), Logan Purdom (guitar), Sam English (keys), & Andrew Broadway (drums). They’re currently keeping up the buzz of March’s release of the Stop Motion EP, by throwing a new track out there, from their upcoming full length album out later this year. Lead singer Grayson Proctor talks about the track in question, “Middle Of The Night“:
“This song came together at the very end of the album process. I was lying awake in our manager’s apartment at 4am in New York after a gig. I’ve always loved being awake at that point of the night. It almost feels like everyone around you is on pause, and you get to experience things completely on your own. I sang the melody and the lyrics “who’s gonna hold you, in the middle of the night” into my phone and didn’t think twice about it. We revisited it later and the three other guys took it somewhere that was really exciting. Logan’s guitar melody in the instrumentals is one of my favorites of the entire record.”
For fans of Annuals, Hooray For Earth, take a listen.