Edmonton’s pseudo-antigone (Simone A. Medina Polo) traverses the quagmire of male identity and labeling, all the while grooving on a deliciously subversive beat.
“Hestia” is from Little Sprout’s first full-length album ‘Fake Cake’. They constantly dispel any notion that they are just another “indie pop” band, with their rhythms punctuated with stops and starts, and with soft moments suddenly shattered with electric noise. It’s liberating and exciting.
Parler bien is Jane Chan and Nicolas Hyatt, based in Whitehorse. Their combination of chamber strings, franco spoken word and a contemporary experimental bent makes for intriguing listening.
An unpredictable rhythm punctuates this atmospheric, electronic journey through scattered thoughts and minimalist shards of melody. And all set to the ominous beauty of a forest on fire.
Saint Idiot (Tomáš Andel) graces us with a brand new single, “Terracotta”. The art pop/experimental track will be featured on the upcoming album, ‘Alternate Utopias from a Nostalgic Future’, a texturally lush vision of a mossy techno-utopia, and an album about healing in an age of hyperindividualism and polarization.
“In the streaming age a lot of us have gotten used to binging,” Andel says, “and so it’s become unnatural for us to step back and ask when we’ve had enough, or, in fact, whether we feel satisfiable in the first place—and it shows in a lot of things.”
“I think that we live in a domination-minded age that’s ceaselessly preoccupied with conquering the next horizon, getting more, more, more, and constantly expanding because we keep painting history as a race against some clock,” Andel says, “and I really want to make people think about growing laterally, with what they have, turning instead to the people around them as partners instead of competition.”
Portrait photographer: Kelsey McMillan
Wolf’s beautiful (yet bleak) musical commentary is personal, but the issue is one that goes to the very heart of the nation’s conscience.
“From the 1950’s into the 1990’s the Canadian Government & the Catholic Church were responsiblefor taking, or “scooping” more than 20,000 First Nation, Métis and Inuit children from their families and communities;known as The Sixties Scoop. They were placed in foster homes or adopted (accounts of children even being sold)into non-Indigenous families across Canada, the United States, & beyond.
Along with the loss of cultural identity,the government went so far as to change some children’s true ethnicity on file.Many experienced severe sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
Jayli’s father was one of these children.”
One of most exciting bands making music has a fresh sonic treat for fans today. Following its live debut on Instagram yesterday, Braids have dropped an official visualizer for bombastic, vibey-as-fuck single, Slayer Moon. It’s a great blend of everyone I love about this group – dynamic song structure, phenomenal melodies, killer riffs, brilliant synth texturing and inventive, rock-solid drumming. Drink it in below.
An endearingly muddy mix of punk and grunge is highlighted by spirited guitar waves.
From the ‘Nevermind’ EP by Dartmouth’s Gemstones.
Nishnaabeg writer/activist/academic Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s poetic spoken word is is given a magical setting, thanks to the likes of Nick Ferrio, Jonas Bonnetta, and (sister) Ansley Simpson.
Jazzy improv with acid/psych flourishes makes for a satisfying, albeit trippy, musical experience, courtesy of Guillaume Cloutier (guitars) and David Dugas Dion (drums).