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Soundtrack2 Ep. 109: Mind Flood

Tame Impala, Her Vanished Grace, Arc In Round, Snøskred, Thee Oh Sees & more

Texture, courtesy Vanessa Murray

1.   The Oh Sees – Lupine Dominus
Start off this week’s mix by imagining you’re at a groovy 60s dance club, but the go-go dancers are posessed.

2.   Landing – We Lie In Fields
Veteran ambient crew pick things up on their engrossing self-titled latest album.

3.   Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams
They’re back! Good to hear their familiar sunshine psychedelia a la Magical Mystery Tour, but hoping their full-length will kick things up a notch.

4.   The Raveonettes – Observations
Here’s a group who is messing around with their signature sound on Observator. Great piano and smooth vocals give a much smoother sound, but just as sinister.

5.   French Kicks – Also Ran
Digging through digital crates on these next few tracks. Listening to what’s coming out these days now, I wonder if the ethereal groove rock on 2006’s Two Thousand was ahead of its time.

6.   Delays – On
Always enjoyed 2004’s Faded Seaside Glamour by this British band. Fabulous guitar and harmonies.

7.   Sam Roberts – Mind Flood
My fellow Canadians know Sam as a straight ahead rock and roller. But I’ve always loved this slightly epic tune that explodes into  intense psychedelia at 4:25.

8.   Oblisk – Overcast
This tune matches the slow/fast dynamic of the last tune, but swaps the downtempo rock for drone psych.

9.   The Telescopes – There Is No Floor
Pushing deep into the red with this classic from Taste. Plus I love this title.

10.  Snøskred – We Are
Big up to superb blog Sounds Better With Reverb for pointing me to this great single. Sounds like a shoegaze version of the Broken Social Scene.

11.  Black Market Karma – Cocoon
Really digging their latest record, also called Cocoon.

12.  Her Vanished Grace – Break Down
Track of the week comes from their latest album Star-Crossed. This killer tune with a chorus that could light up the sky. The album comes with a few very nice nods to the Cocteaus.

13.  Shallow – Out Of Focus
Love me some minimal, hypnotic reverb-drenched shoegaze.

14.  Arc In Round – Time Spent
I’ve been looking forward to this band’s latest self-titled record for agesDefinitely worth picking up if you like both the smooth shoegaze pop heard here and something harder.

15.  She’s So Rad – Confetti
New Zealanders’ latest continues their tradition of wrapping infectious melody around electronic pop.

16.  Saint Saviour – Midnight City (M83 cover)
As M83 continues his never-ending tour, here’s a great cover from the UK. To me, this sounds as if Kate Bush has channelled jazz legend Mark Murphy‘s talent for brilliantly vocalizing instrumental parts.

17.  Parlovr – You Only Want It ‘Cause You’re Lonely
Montreal “sloppy pop” trio deliver this captivating gem.

18.  Echodrone – Cold Snap
This band’s melodic post rock continues to grow on me with this latest album Bon Voyage.

19.  Honey – Cape Canaveral
Could’ve sworn this was an American band until I read they’re from Glasgow. Goodnight folks.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 103: Flood Of Red

La Sera, PS I Love You, R.M. Hendrix, Death Valley Sleepers, Craft Spells & more 

Bring on the long weekend.

1.   PS I Love You – Princess Towers
Kick. Out. The. Jams. Their new album Death Dreams just blows the doors off. More coming from that album later.

2.   Sixteen Deluxe – Happy Song
2+ minutes of weekend shenanigans from The Pilot Knob EP.

3.   Free Electric State – All Done Before
Monumental track from album of (nearly) the same name.

4.   And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Flood Of Red
This song has always reminded me of Sonic Youth covering Hendrix, a la “Third Stone From The Sun.”

5.   R.M. Hendrix – Global Affairs / Crack The Code
And now for some claustrophobic, crooning indie rock.

6.   Cruyff In The Bedroom – Carillon Blue
Starting to slow it down with this almost-instrumental. Great build at the end.

7.   Mercury Rev – Frittering
When MR opened for The Hives (don’t judge) in Toronto back in the day, the tremendous volume pinned most attendees to the sides and rear of the venue. After that, the Hives’ performance band came off as raucous as Esquivel. I wish the Rev had played this tune from Yerself Is Steam.

8.   Gills – Empire of Sweat
Midtempo grungy rock and roll. Also one of the few live tracks we play here.

9.   Mirror Mirror – The Chamber
Dig this strumming, stirring instrumental.

10.  Death Valley Sleepers – Left Me High
Like a lot of this band’s stuff, but this track…you’re loving the verses, then the choruses hit you. Perfect.

11.  First Love, Last Rites – Walk You Home
Now we bring the power pop out of Sweden.

12.  Royal Headache – Down The Headline
Fantastic. The verses are beat nuggets, but the chorus is all drive-ins and sock hops.

13.  La Sera – Break My Heart
Almost too perfect punky punchy pop from their latest Sees The Light.

14.  Craft Spells – Still Left With Me
Soundtrack to dancing around your basement clad in nothing but an oversized sweater.

15.  Coastal – Heart Of Tin
This track reminded me of the overlooked, excellent Crystal Skulls‘ first album. Great melody and kinda witch house-y.

16.  Weird Dreams – Little Girl
Funky dream pop that makes me think of a post-modern day Felt.

17.  Little Chords – Remember
Vancouver crew drop some drifting, beautiful lo-fi: “I fell asleep on a cloudy beach, it was early in the afternoon…” And with that, we’re off into the sunset.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 97: Disorder

The Megaphonic Thrift, The Golden Filter, Odio Paris, Keith Canisius, This Love Is Deadly & more

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1.   This Love Is Deadly – Sweet Dependency
Starting things off with adrenaline-fuelled distorted glammy rock and roll with a 90s bent. Their self-titled new album is out and it’s solid.

2.   Highlands – Railroad
Love the intro/chorus of this drone-y footstomper.

3.   Constantines – Young Lions
A stunner from the Canadian band’s excellent Shine A Light album.

4.   The Megaphonic Thrift – Queen Of Noise
Another excellent new album release that makes me think it’s 1995 all over again. Or 1988, if you dig this Sonic Youth homage.

5.   Presents For Sally – We Always Smile Sweeter
Driving mini-anthem from the UK.

6.   The Sunshine Factory – Can’t Be Found (Falling Down)
You know when a song’s so good you’re sure you heard it somewhere before? When that ringing guitar kicks in on this track, you’ll know what I mean.

7.   Go For Gold – A Way Of Changing
Not my usual thing, but the harmonies used by this Danish band during the choruses hit the spot.

8.   Odio Paris – Big Business Monkey
Another dark rocker from this excellent Spanish band.

9.   Mentalease – Sunday
Tidal psychedelic shoegaze from…Des Moines.

10.  Thee Heavenly Music Association – Angelic Disorder
The Exile In Guyville Liz Phair vibe grabbed me right away. But this goes deeper and trippier.

11.  M A Y Г L E Y – СТАНЬ СЛАБЕЙ
Been sitting on this brooding dark Russian chillwave for a while. Apparently this is translated as “become weaker.”

12.  The Golden Filter – Age Of Consent
Interesting stripped down take on the classic New Order tune, courtesy of Mojo. Pretty cool that the tune still works minus the original’s famous bassline.

13.  Keith Canisius – Save The Sharks
Could I finally be ‘getting’ Keith Canisius? A couple of his tracks have gotten my attention recently. There’s a beautiful, classic pop song quietly hiding here.

14.  Matthew Dear – Headcage
I snapped up this EP shortly after it came out because MD tracks are always worth a listen. Interesting how his sound continues to evolve. This track sounds like it could have come out on My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts.

15.  Active Child – Johnny Belinda (White Arrows remix)
Cut-up samples mixed with falsetto vocals lends this tune a dramatic aura. Till next time.

 

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 96: Swells

Pacific UV, A.C. Acoustics, A Place To Bury Strangers, Mmoths, Maria False & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

Back in action and catching up!

1.  A Place To Bury Strangers – I Lost You
The consistently noisy, blistering Brooklyn crew don’t disappoint on this new track.

2. Grandparents – Flathead
Indie fusion gives way to a dark hippie dance party. Like!

3.  Iowa – Panic Attack
The Dinosaur Jr.-ness of their earlier tracks is waning, and it’s good to see them find their voice. Check out Never Saw It Coming.

4.  Eric’s Trip – Sunlight
Classic dark indie pop from the New Brunswick.

5.  Unicycle Loves You – Wow Wave Cinema
Lots going on here, but above all it’s slaphappy noise pop.

6.  Galway – Air #3
Bit of a gloomy day in, filled with small regrets. But after two and a half minutes, things start looking up.

7.  The D’Arcys – Peg
I never thought my love of the Dan would manifest itself on this blog/podcast. Not sure Soundtrack2 listeners would like this song off their Aja covers album, but it’s a surprising take that should stand on its own.

8.  Piatcions – Red Van
A strong wind blusters through this track from the UK band.

9.  Maria False – Venera 4 – Take My Fever
Marvellous ringing psych.

10. A.C. Acoustics – Love Lies Broken Piece
I love this tragically overlooked Scottish band. Huge thumping bass choruses on this track.

11. MM – These Walls
Slow brooding track with ominous, distorted vocals. And it was recorded LIVE.

12. Glissade – Untitled
Engrossing feedback instrumental. Perfect soundtrack to the view from a plane as it soars above the clouds.

13. Seabright – Swells
Groovy San Jose trippiness from last year.

14. Pacific UV – I’m Here (But It’s Not Me)
Claustrophobic ode to a future lover?

15. Mmoths – Heart (feat. Keep Shelly In Athens)
Divine chillwave.

16. Ocean City Defender – Balance Of Terror
Is this a new M83 track? Sounds it, but listen closely and you’ll hear a different kind of melancholy: “Remember when we last touched…”

17. Steve Hauschildt – Batteries May Drain
This one’s been on my include list for a while. Kind of futuristic electronic pop.

18. Zammuto – F U C-3PO
The track of the week. It starts like Meddle, then comes the vocoder, synth and sound effects.

19.  Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Ffrends (The Naked And The Famous remix)
Kicking things into high gear as we charge to the finish line.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 89: Passion Is Dead

Death In Vegas, 93 Million Miles From The Sun, Odonis Odonis, Tearjerker, Ringo Deathstarr & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

There’s a ridiculous amount of good music coming out these days. I’ve eased back on my vault digging and pushed well beyond one hour this week! Enjoy…

1.   Fevers – Passion Is Dead (Long Live Fashion)
Smash! Did the opening chord get your attention? Huge dancefloor dreaminess from Ottawa, Ontario that’s stuck in my head.

2.   Elika – We Have Failed
The party continues until you get hit with this heavy chorus.

3.   The Mekano Set – You Make Me Feel Like A Cure Song
Bit of death disco out of the UK. Check out their latest album Fades.

4.   Handsome Furs – Serve The People (Young Galaxy remix)
Fresh from Thursday’s fantastic YG show with Austra, I had to play this great take on “Serve The People.”

5.   Ringo Deathstarr – Shadow (SPC ECO remix)
Recent, thumping hazy goodness from two great bands.

6.   Blackout Beach – Be Forewarned, The Night Has Come
Slowing things way down. This BC band sounds like The National crossed with James Blake.

7.   Tearjerker – Down
Cool CanCon from their excellent Rare album. A band to keep an eye on.

8.   Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – These Days
Integalactic garage rock. Check out this Mexican band’s mighty On Welfare album.

9.   Odonis Odonis – Basic Training
Two minutes of glammy garage. Yet another great Canadian band (I’m stacking the deck this week, it seems) with a new album out – check out the fantastic Hollandaze.

10.  Imandra Lake – Ole Mu Laev
Estonian band takes us to beautiful widescreen.

11.  93 Million Miles From The Sun – Time Lasts Forever
Never been a huge fan of this band. But  songs like this from their latest album Northern Sky are starting to win me over.

12.  Vinyl Williams – Stellarscope
Groovy mellow goodness that seems to be from Egypt.

13.  Range Lover – Route Nationale Sexe
Very nice hybrid of krautrock and shoegaze with vocal samples. Hard to find many details on this band though…

14.  The Two Koreas – Boy Teen Oslo
An oldie but goodie from Toronto stalwarts with a style all their own.

15.  Cousins – Droit Du Seigneur
Bright noisy postpunk off Axthoxy.

16.  Silver Dapple – M’Sorry
Montreal noise pop rounds out the Canadian bill.

17.  Death In Vegas – Black Hole
Was stoked for ages to hear the latest DIV record, and I’m still slowly coming to terms with it. My ears perked up most at this shoegaze Pixies impression.

18.  Borax – Sunshine Boy
Estonia representing twice on one mix! Dig this older indie pop track off Tallinn.

19.  Para Siempre – Where Would You Be (Without Me)
Yes! Closing with an intense ringing garage rock anthem.

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