“Let It Happen” by Tame Impala, from the album Currents.
Take a look at the video for “The Gates”, the title track off Young Empires‘ upcoming Sept. 4th album release. The Amos LeBlanc directed video showcases an incredible earworm for the Toronto band, off a record that is “deftly delivering chant-worthy choruses and weaving together head-bobbing beatcraft with avant-pop melodies”.
Tourdates below. Toronto folk, note the free show this weekend at the Harbourfront, as I believe the Drake CD release might already be sold out.
UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
8/15: Hamilton, ON – A Midsummer’s Dream Festival
8/16: Toronto, ON – Harbourfront Centre
8/22: Georgetown, ON – Rock The Hills Music Festival
9/3: Toronto, ON – The Drake Underground Album Release Party
9/4: Sarnia, ON – Festival of Good Things
9/5: Edmonton, AB – Sonic Boom
9/6: Calgary, AB – X-Fest
9/17: Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
9/19: Victoria, BC – Rifflandia Festival
Perhaps the most anticipated release of this fall is Chvrches‘ sophomore album, Every Open Eye. Last month, Lauren Mayberry (vocals), Martin Doherty (synths), and Iain Cook (guitar) gave us a little teaser with the single, “Leave a Trace”, and now they bring us one step closer with “Never Ending Circles”.
What I love about the album so far is Mayberry’s new voice. And not voice like vocals but voice as in her stance in this world. She exudes a newfound strength and assertiveness in her tone that’s both empowering and inspirational. In the past, Mayberry has spoken out about topics that are typically left undiscussed like rape and misogyny. Perhaps this album serves as an extension of her proclamation; especially given some of the titles on the track list like ‘Playing Dead’ and ‘Bow Down.’
Check out “Never Ending Circles” below. Enjoy, and thanks Chvrches for being so awesome!
This is turning into a pretty awesome week for new music, as I watch the blogs pick up new tracks from a couple of my favourite bands. Washington, DC duo GEMS are back with the first new music since their stellar four-track EP (Medusa). “Living As A Ghost” comes from their full-length called Kill the One You Love (out October 30th via Carpark Records) and sounds a little bit heavier, less chill than their previous work. Fans of another duo (Phantogram) will dig this.
“A Quiet Winter” by Toronto-based live electronic band Snowday, from their debut album As We Travel. The song features ethereal vocals from Ottawa singer-songwriter Kaleigh Watts and has quickly became a fan favourite, receiving airplay on CBC’s All in a Day and CBC’s The Signal, as well as a song premiere from IMPOSE Magazine.