1. CHVRCHES: Playing Dead
Chvrches kick off one of two sold out shows at the Danforth Music Hall tonight so we thought we’d share one of our favourites off the new record, Every Open Eye.
2. CAIRO: With You
Cairo are an indie rock band from Toronto who like to experiment and mesmerize listeners with songs that range from more folk-inspired, to pop, to classic rock-and-roll. Their last album release back in January, A History of Reasons, was produced by Nygel Asselin (past work includes Half Moon Run). It was released in January and this is a gleaming track off it.
3. TOR MILLER: Carter & Cash
Behold: you may be hearing a lot of this guy and his unique voice in the near future. Tor Miller is a 20 year old New Yorker who has what it takes to break into the music scene. The talented is signed to Glassnote records (Chvrches, Mumford & Sons), he’s ready to fully commit to a music career, and this is just the kind of captivating song he needs to make that breakthrough. This song was inspired by his past relationship, in which they wrote a lot of good ol’ fashion letters to each other: “At the end of each letter we would sign off with ‘you are the Carter to my Cash’ or vice versa. We, like many others, had an admiration for their story and relationship. It always seemed like something so pure and a possessed a depth which wasn’t present in most couples”.
4. WOLF ALICE: Fluffy
In honour of an explosive, sold out show last night at Adelaide Hall, we thought this tune was a good way to sum up Wolf Alice: loud to soft, heavy to angelic. My Love Is Cool will be a favourite of 2015, no question!
5. FOLLY & THE HUNTER: Awake
“At night, I stay awake with you, the way we used to do. That feeling tames the beast that lives in me…”. Folly & The Hunter are a folk-pop group from Montreal, their sound being specifically described as “multidimensional folk”. This is off their third album, Awake, which was released earlier this year. Their first two albums featured darker, atmospheric and reverberated folk, exploring the bittersweet, and a reaction to tragedies that the band members faced. However, for this LP they recruited Feist collaborator Howie Beck to tighten up their sound, making it more accessible. Dig it? They’re working on another album set to be released in 2016 and they’ll be playing at Toronto’s Mod Club on December 17th with fellow Montrealers Half Moon Run!
6. LIBERTINES: Barbarians
The Libertines are back at it after 10 years! They broke up in 2004 because of seeming relationship and addiction issues, but it looks like that’s sorted out because they’ve returned with a third album, Anthems For Doomed Youth, and “Barbarians” was one of the singles off it. The legendary band was part of the garage rock revival and lead the movement in the UK.
7. WILD BELLE: Giving Up On You
Wild Belle is comprised of 2 siblings: Natalie and Elliot Bergman, from Chicago. This is off their second studio album, Dreamland, to be released in January, and will be “tough, a little bit ruder than the first [album]. It’s kind of like ‘Rude Boy’ 2.0″ according to Elliot. Before this, their song “Shine” off their debut was featured on the soundtrack of the 2013 movie ‘The Way, Way Back’ and in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ season 9, episode 13. Also, their song “Keep You” was played in the movie ‘Pitch Perfect’. Where does Natalie get her musical inspiration? Well, she’s got a “slight addiction to men [..] Men are…well, when I’m in love that’s my muse, that’s my content, that’s my lyrical inspiration”.
8. DEERHUNTER: Snakeskin
This funky and psychedelic track (with a trippy video) is off Deerhunter’s 7th album Fading Frontier, which will be out on October 16th. It’s very classic rock’n’roll and reminds listeners of 90’s brit pop. Deerhunter fans will see an awesome, evolved sound in this album. They’ll be on tour this fall/winter, and frontman Bradford Cox will be opening for himself (his other band, Atlas Sound, are the opening band).
9. WAVVES: Way Too Much
“Way Too Much” is the lead single off Wavves’ 5th album V (roman numeral for 5), which came out on Friday. Apparently, it sounds like “a Blink-182 song without all the corniness”. And the video? Inspired by his love for watching wrestling. He has wrestling parties Mondays and Thursdays every week. Interesting fact: Frontman Nathan Williams ran into trouble with his label because he released the song early and album artwork early. Warner Bros. Records wanted to take it down, but he wrote a spew of tweets, threatening the label he’ll leak the entire album. One of the tweets: “its nauseating tbh i spend 365 days a year in a studio making songs and ppl at warner still think they are gonna call the shots on my art”. In the end, Williams won this round.
10. DAUGHTER: Doing The Right Thing
Music has the power to make us feel connected to emotions we’ve never experienced first hand and if you look that up in the imaginary music dictionary, this song could define exactly that. I genuinely broke down into a fit of tears after watching this video… and that’s not a bad thing. The subject matter is (hopefully) things we won’t have to deal with for decades but once we emerge from this sorrowful five-minute journey, we come out on the other side with a gratefulness for our youth. We are all as old as we’ve ever been and that can make us feel old. New record Not To Disappear is out January 15th.
11. RYKKA: Bad Boy
WORLD PREMIERE ALERT! We don’t have the audio available online – sorry if you missed it! Change is a constant for Vancouver-born Rykka: she started as an acoustic folk musician and then reinvented herself as alternative pop artist Rykka. She gained lots of success on her 2013 album Kodiak, which was produced by Mother Mother’s Ryan Guldemond. She won awards and had her tracks featured in TV shows. Lately she escaped to the wilderness of British Columbia and Switzerland to work on her new sound, then picked out the best ones out of over 100 demos she created and created Beatitudes (Latin for happiness), her 3rd album. Damn girl! This track deals with doomed romance. In the meantime, here is her current single “Movies”.
12. THE SHEEPDOGS: I’m Gonna Be Myself
Their official second single off the new record, Future Nostalgia!