Last week a Los Angeles local favorite, James Supercave, dropped their debut EP The Afternoon. Its’ opener, Old Robot, drenched itself layers of mixed textures to give their sound an art-rock experimental tone.
Have you heard the latest from Calgary singer/songwriter Chad VanGaalen? I’m loving “Monster”, from the forthcoming album, Shrink Dust (out April 28th-29th via Sub-Pop/Flemish Eye).
Shrink Dust, featuring the songs “Where Are You?” and “Monster,” was produced by VanGaalen at his Yoko Eno home studio in Calgary, Alberta.
Its been a while since I’ve posted about Toronto band Nightbox and their killer track “Burning”. Last March, I heard the track for the first time and now we’ve got a video for the song, plus news about their upcoming EP The Panic Sequence (out April 22 via Toronto-based Rare Beef). The five-track EP is the follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut, which they’ll support with North America tourdates this spring.
When Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) released her album “Actor” in 2009, I fell in love with her. I really did. I went to a festival where she was playing and the whole setting was absolutely magical: a beautiful sunset, warm breeze and Annie’s brilliant performance just swept me off my feet. Then she kept composing and for some reason I felt like I’d lost the connection with her. Until now.
‘Prince Johnny’, the most recent single off her self-titled album, was first revealed in February and is now ready to hit the radio. It is Annie Clark at her best. The melody is sweet and eerie; the lyrics are deeply disturbing and enchanting for their incredible honesty and the very intelligent analogy with the tale of Pinocchio. There are elements of teenage doubt and angst, side by side with a clearly adult perception of the ‘little boy’ and the ‘little girl’ that want to be real. It is full of pain and growth and emotional contagion.[To play on repeat, with headphones, eyes closed.]