Bonobo – No Reason ft. Nick Murphy (Official Music Video)

Electronic artist Bonobo took over the new releases last Friday with his sixth studio album Migration. From the release comes the lead single “No Reason” and its visual accompaniment. Featuring longtime friend and collaborator Nick Murphy (f.k.a. Chet Faker), “No Reason” is a powerful, yet familiar folktronica track that has the density of a true Bonobo hit, but with the light touch of Murphy’s vocals. Capturing the song’s creative heart, the music video takes the listener on a visual trip. Directed by Oscar Hudson, the video’s strange characteristics are rooted in themes of…

The Chainsmokers – Paris

Electronic duo The Chainsmokers are no strangers to stardom. The Grammy nominated pair of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall took over 2016 with their hit “Closer” and as the calendars reset, The Chainsmokers are making the best of 2017 with their newly released single “Paris”. Featuring vocals from Taggart and their signature glossy blend of EDM and pop, the new single is a downtempo and nostalgic track, playing on their reoccurring theme of reminiscing of a past love. Kings of the hook, The Chainsmokers will have you singing back “If we go down /…

Album Releases: Week of January 13, 2017

Alternative / Rock / Indie Alessi – Wives (Singer-songwriter) Chavez – Cockfighters EP (Indie alternative rock) Colony House – Only The Lonely (Indie rock) The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody (Progressive alternative rock) Half Japanese – Hear the Lions Roar (Indie fuzz rock) Irma Vep – No Handshake Blues (Indie bedroom pop) Måntra – I Want EP (Alternative rock) Miss Tara – Let’s Live! (Electro-pop) Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White – Gentlewoman, Ruby Man (Indie rock) ONE OK ROCK – Ambitions (Japanese alternative rock) Susto – & I’m Fine Today (Alternative country rock) Country / Folk The Band of Heathens – Duende…

Hollerado – Born Yesterday

Ottawa indie rock underdogs Hollerado have taken some time off since their 2015 single “Firefly” and ambitious 111 Songs project. Small tours and songwriting took up most of their 2016, but the dynamic four-piece are starting off the new year with a bang by releasing their latest single “Born Yesterday”. Although known for their quirky, melodic indie rock, Hollerado seem to ditch their usual brand of sound for power chord rock and 2000s-esque pop rock for the new track. Sing-along choruses and youthful “yeah yeah yeahs” show a simple, more pop side of Hollerado.…

Album Releases: Week of January 1, 2016

Brian Eno – Reflection (Ambient) Chief Keef – Two Zero One Seven [Mixtape] (Hip-hop) Trinidad James – The Wake Up 2 (Hip-hop) Pseudonym – Pack of Lies (Indie pop/power-pop) Heaven Pierce Her – Zen, or the Means Without Ends (Post-rock) Maxine Ashley – Paranoid EP (Indie pop/Nu-R&B) Laster – Ons Vrije Fatum (Death metal) Pink Guy – Pink Season (Experimental/R&B) Gone Is Gone – Echolocation (Hard rock) Sundara Karma – Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect (Indie alternative rock) ZOOEY – The Drifters (Indie alt-pop) Nicole Sabouné – Miman (Indie gloom pop) Dropkick Murphys – 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory (Celtic punk…

Dirty Projectors – Little Bubble (Official Music Video)

Although there doesn’t seem to be an official release coming anytime soon from David Longstreth’s Dirty Projectors project, the experimental indie artist has shared two tracks in recent months. “Keep Your Name” and now, the delicate track “Little Bubble”. Clustering together drips and drops of miscellaneous textures and sounds, “Little Bubble” captures the fragility of a bubble. Longstreth calmly sings overtop a lush, soothing production, as he points out the two ends of being within a personal bubble – either socially, culturally, or technologically. The song’s transfixing jigsaw style is oddly relaxing,…

Said the Whale – Step Into the Darkness

After announcing a 2017 tour and album a few weeks back, Vancouver indie folk-turned-pop band Said the Whale are keeping their promise with their new lead single “Step Into the Darkness”. With a few surprise changes in the lineup, in this case the five-piece slimmed down to a trio, Said the Whale have shifted their sound as well, embracing a heavier electronic presence, tied with a bow of sugary vocal harmonies from both original frontmen Ben Worcester and Tyler Bancroft. The new single was written when Worcester was going through a difficult time: “Step…

Jens Lekman – What’s That Perfume That You Wear?

Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman took on the ambitious challenge of releasing a new song each week in 2015. After accomplishing such a wild undertaking, the electro-pop musician has announced a proper full-length due February 17th titled Life Will See You Now. From the upcoming release is the shimmery new single “What’s That Perfume That You Wear?”. Incorporating influences from calypso, bossanova, and nu-disco, Lekman turns his easy-going performance into a relaxing, upbeat dance groove. Listen to the new single below and head to his website for more information and tour dates.

Top 50 of 2016: Part 5 (10-1)

10. Wintersleep – The Great Detachment Release date: March 4, 2016  After the growing success of their previous discography, Wintersleep set out to create a spirited and more organic effort by recording live-off-the-floor. The result: their best record yet. Their energy on stage and sonic presence was almost perfectly transposed into The Great Detachment. Anyone can fill an album with sound and effects, but Wintersleep feverishly stitch together percussion, guitars, keys, bass, and lead singer Paul Murphy’s grizzly vocals into a quilt of rhythm and melody.   Favourite track: “Amerika” 9. Glass Animals…