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]
Perhaps my friend Shane and I are the only one interested in this, but I’m sure we’re both really excited. Chris Eaton’s Rock Plaza Central project has been sporadic at times, but that shouldn’t take away from the great body of work, such as my personal favorite, Are We Not Horses. Chris has just re-released one of the group’s early recordings, Quantum Butterass, and I’ve really been enjoying getting to see where the band began. The track I posted has some similarities to Mountain Goats, and I can definitely see similarities that have lasted into both bands careers. If you like this, the band is giving it away, but they’re asking for donations, which are always suggested by us here at ATH.
Download:Rock Plaza Central – Que Sara [MP3]
For some reason the rain always affects the mood, so with recent cloudy skies, I’ve been looking for something a bit peppier to pick up my mood, and yours too. Luckily, I’ve got this great little jam from Toronto’s Moon King. They’ve just put out a new 7″ that you can grab for free right HERE, but I’ve got one of the tracks to offer you. On this number, you get a more organic version of what Karen O did for the Where the Wild Things Are OST. The rest of the tracks are a little bit more electronic-folk, but it’s all good fun when you give it a listen.
Download: Moon King – Theme For Moon King [MP3]
I think we avoided the heat here in Austin for long enough, but it’s about time we succumb to the truth; summertime is here, temperature wise at least. So, with that in mind, I’ve gotta get my poolside set list together, and I’m definitely including this jam from Toronto group, Art Imperial. The new EP from these guys, Suburban Surf is chock full of hazy little summer jams with a bit of sway to them. It’s almost like bedroom pop, if your bedroom just happened to be a little hut in some remote beach area. Get ready for the heat, and get ready for Art Imperial. And, if you like it enough, the band is offering their EP for a name your own price fee HERE.
Download: Art Imperial – The Inbetweener [MP3]