Listen: Marci – “Entertainment” [2022]

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TOPS-heads rejoice! Keyboardist Marta Cikojevic just released her David Carriere-produced debut single, “Entertainment”, via Arbutus Records. David, as you may know, is the guitarist in TOPS. It’s a whole family affair. Keeping in form, this new song would feel right at home in the windswept, infatuation-saturated pop that we heard off TOPS’ most recent record I Feel Alive, which I absolutely loved. Ergo, I love this song.

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Listen: The Range – “Ricercar” [2022]

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After a long pause, The Range aka James Hinton is BACK with a new album on the way, Mercury, arriving June 10 via Domino. He’s already released “Bicameral”, which is a fine song, but I’m very into the most recent single “Ricercar” – channeling classic The Range with a catchy, bassy beat and soulful vocal sample woven throughout. There’s something about The Range’s music – despite it being comprised of pieces that other electronic projects share, all his music has a distinct sound and feel that I can’t get enough of.

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Listen: Young Prisms – “Self Love” [2022]

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Perennially overlooked modern shoegaze group Young Prisms are making their grand comeback TODAY with their new album Drifter, out now via Fire Talk. If you’re looking for some real dreamy melodies, juxtaposed light and heavy textures, and all that good old noise pop stuff, look no further.

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Listen: Destroyer – “June” [2022]

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There are many albums coming out this Friday (March 25th, 2022) and I haven’t posted any singles talking about how excited I am for them. I’m changing that today. I’ve got some tracks coming up today and tomorrow that will mark the moment in time these four LPs came out. Will they be good? Only time will tell. We’ll start with Destroyer, and their most recent single “June”, which features a video made for the intersection of Vancouver and burrito fans.

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Listen: Lali Puna – “Come On Home” [2001]

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My partner likes to make fun of me because I often romanticize the late 90s / early 00s in terms of a culture standpoint. Obviously every era has its problems, and I realize that this little slice is by and far one of the lesser romantic ones that I could highlight, but some things about it has always stuck with me, mostly being that of early blog culture and embracing of computer electronics. One major touchpoint would be Radiohead’s pivot on Kid A. Another would be Dntel’s wonderful Life Is Full Of Possibilities. You could say Broadcast and Colleen fit in as well. This early incorporation of glitchy electronics, listless melancholy and homespun fidelity into indie rock and pop has such a sincere feel in my mind. I just checked out another album to add to the canon, that of Lali Puna’s Scary World Theory, which should have been listened to much sooner due to their close association with Dntel.

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Listen: Evan J Cartwright – “impossibly blue” [2022]

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Take a Friday chill pill with the newest single from Toronto singer/songwriter Evan J Cartwright’s upcoming debut LP, “impossibly blue”, and its initially unassuming yet harshly stimulating companion video. Cartwright, the go-to drummer for mainstay Canadian acts like U.S. Girls and The Weather Station, brings his unique songwriting chops to this solo LP, and that’s on full display on this charming, meditative cut.

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Listen: Halosar – “Pretzel Summit” [2022]

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Coming at you with all kinds of video game music this week, from yesterday’s Cool Maritime track to today’s Halosar teaser. If you were a fan of some of the sonic directions that Oneohtrix Point Never was taking on Age Of, with its bending strings and cascading digital harpsichords, you’ll enjoy this new track from duo Halosar “Pretzel Summit”. The song is the most recent single off their upcoming debut album New Forge, out TOMORROW (March 18th) via sound as language.

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Listen: Cool Maritime – “Temporal Dryft” [2022]

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Did I check this track out solely based on the cool tree frog art on the cover? Partially, but I’m glad I did anyways. Cool Maritime (aka Sean Hellfritsch) is putting out his new album Big Earth Energy via Western Vinyl on May 20 – this new track “Temporal Dryft” is the first taste, and after listening + reading the press release, I’m EXCITED about this record. I should also mention the cover art (and video for the song) is done by a favorite artist + gremlin conjurer of mine, Jordan Speer – check out his work HERE.

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Recommended Albums: February 2022

Only five albums this month. Sure there was loads more music, high profile stuff at that, but nothing grabbed me the way these next five albums did. I listened to a few other things that were pretty good, like Sally Shaprio and Carmen Villain, but yeah – these are the jams. Take a look, y’all.

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Listen: Tess Roby – “Up 2 Me” [2022]

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If a song is described as “hypnotic” in a press release, with mention of swirling synths and vaguely clubby drum programming, there’s a very high chance I’ll like the song. So when the newest single from Tess Roby dropped in my inbox not too long ago, I knew I had to check it out. And here it is.

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