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.
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
Jazz vocalist Mallory Chipman and her band, the Mystics, explore psychedelic rock landcapes. On the track “Wolf Children” things get urban soul, and it’s a complete delight.
Twanging guitars evoke the wide-open spaces of the West, while a garagey, post-punk feel opens doors to a mystical world of dark surf.
“I Miss You” has emotional and artistic punch, while still being undeniably catchy. Also, seeing the marvellous Marlaena Moore in super-wide screen is something to behold.
Edmonton based Noel Jon (aka hundredmillionthousand) slots nicely into Irregular Dreams with a track combining harmonious vocals and dark electronica.
Experimental doom metal band Truster presents a double-shot of slow-burn of delicious darkness.
A moody slow-burn of understated gothic grace, courtesy of Edmonton’s Idle Talk.
Twee and bubbly, but peppered with psych and punk leanings. Really hard to resist.
Faunts – There Will be Blood
That Joe Payne – End of the Tunnel
Renard Blanc – Feu Sacré
SUNDIVER – Cat In A Box
Dog Drive Mantis – Volta
Dévah Quartet – Day Without Dawn
SOMBRA – Casablanka
Bent Knee – Hold Me In
SAGES – Until Now
Iamthemorning – Song of Psyche
Glutton – Pinhole
Isla Den – Navi.6
Devours – Garnet Graves
Waxlimbs – After the Wreak
Bonnie Trash – Shades of You
SICK BOSS – After you
GelaX – Life
JESSA – Simple Little Song
yoo doo right – The Moral Compass of a Self-Driving Car
Most People – Leavin’ It All Behind
Honourable Mentions: Warez – Stupid / Apollo Suns – Silver Gloves / The Moon Runners – danceboy.exe / Darkroom – Serenade / Bleu Nuit – Le même discours / iskwē – Little Star / Gallus Mag – Drag / Fifth Species – Tub / Midas Fall – Blink / suffer fools – bourgeois death
NOTE: This list is in nonhierarchical order 😉 ❤