New Music From Wolf Saga, “You Are Here Now”

New Music From Wolf Saga, “You Are Here Now”

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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.

Video: “Cold Light” by Operators (Pitchfork Nightcap Session)

Video: “Cold Light” by Operators (Pitchfork Nightcap Session)

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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.

“Beach” – Still Parade

“Beach” – Still Parade

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Normally, Lior beats me to the punch to put up brand new tracks from Still Parade, but I seemed to have won this time.  Sit back and relax to the beauty that is “Beach”, the final track from the Fields EP (due for digital and vinyl release via Serve & Volley Records and Day By Day Records on 19th September).  “Beach” is an acoustic and analogue piece where four different parts are fused together.  The song guides the listener through four sound-landscapes, just as the EP takes the listener through four different tracks, exploring the bands’ “Dream-Folk” sound.

If I worked as a music supervisor, I’d take notice of this one.

“For You” – Fickle Friends

“For You” – Fickle Friends

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Brighton band Fickle Friends have a great habit of releasing extremely catch songs.  They set the blogs on fire earlier with their singles “Swim”, “Play”, now this one is “For You”.  Singer Natti Shiner says the track is about “realising a relationship isn’t ever going to go anywhere, despite how sad it feels & how much you really want it to work“.   Look for this on their release out via Crazy Heart Records next week and and Killing Moon yesterday.   Take a spin.

Soft Offering

Soft Offering

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Nothing against “Kintsukuroi“, but if were in Hey Rosetta!’s collective shoes, I would have premiered “Soft Offering” as the first single off the bands’ forthcoming record, Second Sight (out October 21, 2014 via Sonic Records/Warner).  The album opener and clever play on words, “Soft Offering (for the Oft Suffering)”, is a swaggering, drum driven anthem for the long nights leading into the break of day.  Lead singer/songwriter, Tim Baker notes “It’s all about the morning coming to tear down the vision that the sweet, irresponsible, unscheduled hours that the night offers.”

Already confirmed for a November run of dates stateside with Montreal’s indie-pop icons, STARS, the two bands will continue the touring partnership in early 2015 with a stretch of confirmed co-headline shows across Canada in February, including back-to-back shows booked in Toronto (Danforth Music Hall) and Vancouver (The Vogue). Full dates here.