Like many of you out there, we hopped all over town during SXSW, and I think all of us caught Moon King at some point or another, and all with positive reviews. We were lucky enough to catch up with Daniel from the band before they head out on the road with Majical Cloudz.
Read on for his thoughts on SXSW, touring and the band’s future LP.\
Make sure you read that title carefully; I didn’t say Waaves! This is Toronto’s Weaves, fronted by Jasmyn Burke, who’s previous work included fronting Rattail. This new tune from the group is a bit like a more experimental version of Cursive’s Ugly Organ, with guitars fighting their way back and forth throughout the track, while an organ grinds in the background. It’s definitely something a little bit different, which is why I’m digging the song. The band’s official single will be out next week, but preview it here to get you in the mood for another great Toronto act.
Toronto is known to be a musical hot bed, though that seems to have died down just a bit. That won’t be the case once people get a chance to hear the new EP from Grounders. Listening to their Wreck of a Smile EP, it’s difficult to really place their music, though the band’s creativity is clearly obvious. Cleverly, they’ve layered sounds atop sounds, all the while promoting a playful bounce that serves as the backbone for the track. If you’re interested in what you’re listening to, and you should be, then you can pick up the group’s EP on July 7th from Park the Van Records. Enjoy your day.
Download: Grounders – Along the Line (Alt. Version) [MP3]
It’s definitely the year for heavier-handed rock n’ roll to break back through into the mindset of indie fans everywhere. There’s Milk Music and Metz, but now you can enjoy Odonis Odonis. The group releases their Better EP on April 16th via Buzz Records, before they blast off on a tour that includes a date at Austin Psych Fest. This song has a swirling guitar part that’s emphasized by some industrial drumming; the lyrics don’t come across as heavy at first, but they’ll blast off to match the pace of the track. Just another reason to turn up your speakers this year!
It seems like I’m all over the place today, musically speaking. But, it’s hard when so many good songs come my way at once to ignore things. The Wilderness of Manitoba have just recorded The Leslieville Sessions (April 9th) in hopes of bringing about their live sound to their recorded material. If this is what they sound like live, then I think I might just have yet another band to hunt down during SXSW. When I first encountered the band they had a sprawling folk feeling, but this new track demonstrates a broader pallete, almost referencing a simplistic power pop/indie pop formula. It’s just such a wonderful track I couldn’t help myself. Hope you enjoy this song.
It’s been a awhile since we’ve heard from Toronto based indie-pop band Wildlife. Today news comes our way that the band have a new album in the works entitled Born to Ruin hitting stores on February 26th. Prior to that release date, the band have a new song called “Born to Ruin” to appease your appetite for all things epic indie pop. Enjoy this soaring epic pop tune from a great band from the great white north.
I figured it was hump day, so we all needed a nice peppy pick me up right? I’ve got just the tune, and it’s a surf rock gem that definitely has the ability to get you tapping the toes and humming at your desk. Stella Ella Ola is a four piece from Toronto who have just released their Stella Ella Ola 2 EP, and it’s a quick three-song affair just to get you acquainted with the band–currently it’s free right HERE. Those of you that find this sort of thing right up your alley better hop on this train now; you can thank me later.
Download:Stella Ella Ola – Pressure Points [MP3]
Whoa! This weekend was quite beautiful; sunny but mildly cool. So what did I do? I just sat around enjoying records and tunes that have made their way into my music rotation. One of the tunes that easily broke on through the masses was this little lo-fi gem from Tearjerker. Something in the harmony and the vocal delivery really drew me in immediately, encouraging me to press repeat several times in a span of half-an-hour. They’ve just released a brand new EP titled Hiding, and you can grab the four tunes from the band for free, as long as you promise to spread the word and donate at a future point.
Download:Tearjerker – Door [MP3]
I knew close to nothing about Toronto based outfit Snowblink prior to listening to their tunes today. After a few listens, I’m glad I gave them a chance. The band weaves a very intricate portrait with all of their beautifully crafted music. New song below, “Unsurfed Waves”, is sure to give you some kind of an idea as to what I’m talking about when I say the band has well crafted tunes. If I’ve peaked your interest, the band will be dropping new album Inner Classics on September 11th via Arts & Crafts Records. Enjoy.
Download: Snowblink – Unsurfed Waves [MP3]
It’s been pouring constantly for the better part of today, so I’ve been out and about doing some house work. The soundtrack to my house painting and what not largely revolved around Toronto’s Bravestation. Their sound is all over the place, but it’s like exploratory new wave, with tribal rhythms propelling the songs and bright swirling guitars present on every track. The following track is featured on the group’s recent record, Giants & Dreamers, and the title really exemplifies the band’s sound throughout the effort. I can see myself jamming for this for weeks to come, if only this rain would get out of my way!
Download:Bravestation – Western Thrills [MP3]