Posts Tagged ‘The Besnard Lakes’

Soundtrack2 Ep. 85: Electricity

The Jezabels, Bliss.City.East, The War On Drugs, Phantogram, Malajube & more

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1.   The Besnard Lakes – And This Is What We Call Progress
Last week’s show at Toronto’s Lee’s Palace was mindblowing. Here’s the song they opened with.

2.   Malajube – Synesthésie
Also on the bill at the BL show. Great spacey pop tune, available for download off their site.

3.   The Jezabels – Endless Summer
Ringing shoegaze guitar with classic pop songcraft. Reminds me of LoveLikeFire.

4.   Spiritualized – Electricity
Playing Spectrum last week made me think of this – the first track Iever heard by Jason Pierce.

5.   Duffy & The Doubters – Sorry Mom My Brain Is Dumb
Garage pop from Duffy of Ladyhawk.

6.   Bliss.City.East – I Like You
This Exposition track is a chilled shoegaze anthem in waiting.

7.   Lavalsa – She Floats
Brazilian grungy greatness.

8.   Trans Am – Carboforce
Words cannot describe how much these guys rock. Killer tension and release.

9.   The Soft Moon – We Are We
Nihilism you can nod your head to.

10.  Garbage – Supervixen
Risking my street cred a bit here, but I’ve been hearing lots of new stuff that sounds like this.

11.  Austra – Spellwork (Young Galaxy Remix)
YG channeling their inner New Order.

12.  Phantogram – Don’t Move
Nice bit of dreamy electronic pop: “I’m not your paranoia…”

13.  Warm Ghost – Once One
Abstract woozy chillwave from Brooklyn.

14.  The War On Drugs – Come To The City
There are so many good tunes on Slave Ambient that I had to play a second track. Huge journeyman anthem.

15.  Pressed And – Raid
From their page: “A complex interplay of primal effects and synth landscapes, rife with tension in a cascading sequence of loops and glowing drones.”

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 79: Misguided

Crash City Saints, Miracle Fortress, Secret Colours, The Brother Kite, Deep Cut & more

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1.   Deep Cut – Makes Me Wanna

London crew kicks things off with some fist pumping rock and roll.

2.   Crash City Saints – Fuck And Destroy

Chiming shoegaze that’s much sweeter than the title suggests.

3.   Regina – Jos Et Sä Soita

They’re Finnish, but the sound is straight up groovy J-pop meets shoegaze.

4.   Shelby – The Wait

Hooks aplenty on this indie rock tune. Just discovered them recently.

5.   The Brother Kite – Death Ray

Shoegaze overload interspersed with great melodic vocals.

6.   Christiana – Pretend

Tune from defunct Canadian band  that somehow reminds me of a free ride down a seaside highway.

7.   Skull Defekts – Fragrant Nimbus

Half-sung, half-spoken menacing punk noise with a frightening middle part. This is Iggy Pop meets Sonic Youth.

8.   Helium – Lady Of The Fire

Boston-based Matador 90s heroes drop some psych sitar from The Magic City.

9.   Run Run Run – Drizzle

Great dark power pop out of LA.

10.  Secret Colours – Follow The Drone

This is drone rock for BRMC fans. Bonus points for being from Chicago yet using English/Canadian spelling.

11.  Shy – Shift

California midtempo shoegaze that brings to mind both Archers Of Loaf and Swervedriver.

12.  Jennifer Castle – Misguided

Beautiful, ethereal float-down-a-river experience from Castlemusic.

13.  Efrim Menuck – Our Lady of Parc Extension and Her Munificent Sorrows

Godspeed mainman delivers a singalong from the planet Venus.

14.  The Besnard Lakes – On Bedford and Grand

Last podcast I referenced them, so here’s the real deal from their first album. Fantastic.

15.  Miracle Fortress – Seabird

Poppy chillwave meets Animal Collective with soul: “Somebody deliver the truth to me…”

16.  Mode Moderne – Real Goths

Rainy day, 80s influenced chillwave out of Toronto. Lovely mood here and good lyrics: “I’ve got the body of a  man who reads poetry…”

17.  Seavault – Cornfields

Moody electronic drone pop tune out of the UK.

18.  Loney Dear – Take My Hand

Near instrumental that would be perfect for the closing scene and credits of virtually any film. Surprised to learn these guys are Swedish and not Canadian.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 68: Our Ritual

Screen Vinyl Image, Giant Drag, //orangenoise, Washed Out, John Maus & more

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1.   Jesse Ruins – Dream Analysis

Murky electronic pop outta Japan.

2.   Screen Vinyl Image – Tomorrow Is Too Far

Love the dark, dreamy glamour in this one off the split 7″ with Rude 66.

3.   Niva – Dizzyeyes

Lovely modulated goodness from Feverish Dreams.

4.   John Maus – Believer

This guy’s all over the music blogs, and it’s for good reason. His last album’s fantastic, and here’s one off next month’s We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves.

5.   Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed

Gorilla vs. Bear posted this great ambient chillwave track from new album Within and Without. Coming out in July, this track kinda reminds me of the 80s.

6.   //orangenoise – Trust (Alien Panda Jury‘s Reprise)

Karachi bands converge for this violin-heavy head trip.

7.   SECRETWARS – Pregnant California Wives

Waves of delicious distortion from Mexico City.

8.   Jace Lasek, Olga Goreas & Shadrach Kabango – Take Two Last Night and Call Me in the Morning – NWT

What do you get when you send rapper Shad and the Besnard Lakes into the wilderness for the National Parks Project? This drifting yet menacing track.

9.   Should – Broken

Rainy day dream pop from their new Like A Fire Without Sound. Fans of The Radio Dept. will dig this.

10.  Minks – Our Ritual

Slightly dreary but gorgeous dream pop off By The Hedge. Pick it up when you have a chance.

11.  gold-bears – Record Store

This week’s party jam courtesy of Atlanta crew with a love of Husker Du and Superchunk.

12.  Samideani – Do You Remember

Nice high energy three-chord garage pop from Italy. Real Vaselines vibe on the singing.

13.  Daylight’s For The Birds – For Now

Now we’re entering my archives. 2007’s Trouble Everywhere had some gems, and this is one of ’em.

14.  Giant Drag – This Isn’t It

In the mid-2000’s, a loud band with a fantastic female vocalist dropped a great record and then went silent for years. Nope, I’m not talking about Autolux. We last featured Annie & Micah on our very first podcast, and their site says Giant Drag has completed their second album. Fingers crossed we’ll hear it soon!

15.  My Bloody Valentine – Honey Power

Nostalgia required me to drop this mighty one off Loveless. Don’t know whether I love the rocking part or the chilled part more. You?

16.  Blind Mr. Jones – Delores

Shoegaze flute anthem from 1992’s Crazy Jazz.

17.  Mystery Machine – Ride

Unsung Vancouver heroes close with a Sonic Youth-indebted stunner from 1992’s Glazed.

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39 musicians + 13 filmmakers + 13 parks = National Parks Project

Living in Canada is pretty sweet.

Not only do we have the National Film Board – whose films inspired Boards of Canada – but we get funding for great projects like The National Parks Project.

What is it? Some of Canada’s greatest music acts “created and recorded” music in Canada’s most beautiful national parks. The music was captured and incorporated into thirteen films by top filmmakers.

Artists include Soundtrack2 faves such as:

The films will be released next month. To whet our appetite, NPP has released this phenomenal trailer that demonstrates what the project’s all about.

National Parks Project – Trailer from Ryan J. Noth on Vimeo.

More info on NPP (including loads more musicians who participated) can be found here. Can’t wait until March 19!

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