In No Particular Order: November 11, 2016

Alright, let’s keep this short and sweet. I know you want to get started and enjoy all the sweet, new releases from the past week so I won’t drag on too long. ‘Cause no one likes someone who just rambles on about nothing and just fills space with words. It’s almost like they’re trying to either hide something or just fill a gap with nonsense to make them seem important or more knowledgable about a subject. Truth is, they probably know just as much as you do or the next…

Escapists – Silence

After making their way onto satellite radio stations and touring with Imagine Dragons, London indie rock group Escapists are capitalizing on their ability to build exhilarating tracks from layers of dynamic instrumentation and thought-provoking lyrics. Their 2014 debut Only Bodies found some extra momentum in the indie music world, and now with their latest single “Silence”, the U.K. four-piece are making some more noise. With a space-filling similarity to Young the Giant, and sweeping vocals comparable to the Zolas, Escapists layer together heavy-weighted synths, powerful percussion, and expansive guitar effects for a balanced,…

Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being

Although titled as such, the new album from U.K. indie synth-pop group Glass Animals is not an instruction manual. Instead, How To Be A Human Being is a paradigm shift of sorts, re-telling stories and interviews into music through the eyes of the characters – in this case, frontman and producer Dave Bayley. While on tour in support of their 2014 debut ZABA, Bayley recorded countless conversations and stories from strangers: “I tr[ied] to sneakily record people, and I have hours and hours of these amazing rants from taxi drivers, people we met outside…

Boreal Sons – What Becomes

After parting ways with their guitarist at the end of their 2014 UK tour, Calgary art-rock outfit Boreal Sons aimed to recalibrate as a trio. Their sophomore record You & Everyone, which hits shelves September 30th, shows their new arrangement by not having a single guitar on the new record. With that in mind, Boreal Sons have shared the first look into their new record with the dark, lush synth-rock track “What Becomes”. You & Everyone has the Calgary trio reaching into deeper and darker waters, as lead singer/synth-player Evan Acheson attended six funerals in the…

Glass Animals – Youth (Official Music Video)

U.K. indie rock group Glass Animals popped onto the music world map with their 2014 debut ZABA, and were welcomed to stick around with their refreshing style of hypnotic, fizzy, electronic rock music. Following up their recent success, the Oxford four-piece have announced their sophomore album How To Be A Human Being will hit shelves August 26th. They teased fans with the lead single “Life Itself” back in May, and now have given a second look into the upcoming record with the brand new music video and single “Youth”.  Continuing the story from the “Life…

GreyMarket – Minutiae

(If you like: Crash Kings, Phoenix, Death From Above 1979)  Tampa garage rock duo GreyMarket is the result of two friends from the University of South Florida who eventually gave up looking for a full band. Guitarist/vocalist Cave McCoy came into GreyMarket, already established by drummer Mike Gargiulo and two others, as a bassist, before taking over the role of guitarist after the band’s other two left the group. From their, the never-ending search for a vocalist brought them back to their garage space with McCoy taking over. The resulting dynamic was a favourable…

Coyote – Nights

(If you like: Tokyo Police Club, Paper Lions, Joel Plaskett)  Summer is almost here. Finally. The temperature is gradually returning to a regular number, the sun appears to be shining more often, and puddles of melting snow warms the hearts of everyone stepping past them. And with that, days are getting longer, and PEI indie synth-pop favourites Coyote are looking forward to the season. After the humble success of their debut Proof of Life EP, the Charlottetown natives are honing their sound and have returned with their latest single “Nights”. Lead by the chorus…

AA Wallace – In Alpha Zones

(If you like: David Bowie, New Order, Metronomy)  Homemade is often synonymous with better. Homemade food is almost always better than dining out, homemade gifts tend to be more heart-warming and genuine, and homemade projects are started and finished using one’s heart and soul. For Nova Scotia-born/Toronto-based musician AA Wallace that homemade project has always been his music. Created in the sanctuary of his bedroom, his sophomore release In Alpha Zones was written, performed, and produced by Wallace himself, checking off all the boxes for a home-grown, spirited effort. Synthesizers,…

Beat Market – Madonyx (Official Music Video)

(If you like: Deadmau5, Justice, Daft Punk)  Montreal electronic dance duo Beat Market released their latest album Sun Machine back in September; an 11-track collection of catchy melodies, kinetic energy, and refurbished synthesizer hooks. Now, the dance-crazed pair have shared their granny-style music video for their lead single “Madonyx”. Powered by bass thumping beats and articulate synthesizer melodies, “Madonyx” is accompanied by the story of two old women who have escaped their retirement centre for a night of unpredictable and untameable adventure. With the video being equally as enjoyable as the track, check…

M83 – Do It, Try It

(If you like: Röyksopp, Twin Shadow, Phantogram)  French electronic artist M83 (a.k.a. Anthony Gonzalez) has been working away on his upcoming album titled Junk since releasing the soundtrack for 2014 film Divergent. His intergalactic, synth-driven style has solidified Gonzalez as a leader in the electro-dream pop genre. Set to release Junk this April, M83 have shared the lead single “Do It, Try It”. Revolving around the Röyksopp-esque chorus, the new single dances between jangling electronic piano verses, and swelling, ambient synthesizers that have shaped the M83 sound over the years. Enjoy the single below, along with the oddly-hypnotizing accompanying clip of…