Still just loving this new record from Toronto duo Death From Above 1979, especially when I’m at the gym of flying through traffic while biking to and from work. Here’s the album opener “Cheap Talk”, one of many greats on this album.
Who are Allegories? Well, their website says they don’t exist, but I’m recognizing Adam Bentley’s (The Rest) distinctive voice, plus the other guy looks to be his bandmate Jordan Mitchell. Check out the video for “Funny Way Of Loving You”, directed by Lee Skinner, who previously worked with Jessy Lanza.
I think what impresses me the most about Brooklyn’s Gemology is how impressively they stop short on so many elements. “First & Last” is a soft piece of sensual electropop, evocative both vocally and in its melodic layers. One more layer and it becomes cluttered. Any more focus on the vocals and it becomes too explicit. This track finds a fantastic balance of substance and sexy.
I suppose the song served its purpose: I need more fromGemology. Listen to “First & Last” here.
THIS IS WHAT I DO WHEN NO ONE IS AROUND…. I’ll make an nice little dinner for myself, then proceed to trash the place.
“I Spy” by Norwegian songwriter Mikhael Paskalev, from his North American debut EP, Sayonara Saigon. Mom + Pop are putting the EP out in NA late October, with Paskalev hitting the road supporting Courtney Barnett & San Fermin, starting Oct. 16th in Atlanta, hitting CMJ, Oct. 22nd, along with a number of headlining dates.
Picking up the pieces here in the office, as I’ve come back from a whirlwind trip to Chicago with way more to do this monday than I expected. I guess I really did turn off this weekend, partially because I didn’t pick up US data for my quick trip, but mainly because I wanted to take in everything I could from my three-day excursion without being distracted. I travelled to the windy city with my father and two brothers, for a boys weekend before my older brother’s wedding in two weeks. I’ve always heard that Toronto people tend to really enjoy Chicago, as the cities really do have a similar feel. I felt it to in the interesting neighbourhoods we walked through and in the wonderful people we met along the way.
We caught a Cubs game at Wrigley, we did the architecture tour, we ate deep dish pizza, walked, shopped and drank a lot. We connected with some great friends too. All in all, a great time.
Helping me back to reality is a new song from London, Ontario’s Johnny Saga (aka WOLF SAGA) called “You Are Here Now”. Saga says this track is “A song about chasing the dream, but knowing that you can sometimes get distracted and let down. But ultimately, you have just one life, and it’s important to try”.
Head to his soundcloud page with instructions of how to download the stems and submit your remix.
Finally, I get another chance to hear the killer song “Cold Light” from Operators. Watch the band at the after party of MusicFestNW at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, Oregon, as part of Pitchfork’s Nightcap Series. Last week at Festival Music House in Toronto, Operators closed their set with this track, which I can only assume will be on their upcoming full-length release.