Australian electro-rock you’ll want to dance just like this to:
Vancouver electronic musician Jonny Dylan Hughes (JDH) released a new 6-track EP today. It’s both upbeat and beat-heavy, perfect for summer.
JDH has released three albums under his own name, but has been involved in numerous projects in the last decade, currently including downtempo electronica Branches and noisy dance-pop COOL MAN, and previously including Cran and Finance (and then some).
If only I knew sooner that simply typing “Canada” into Bandcamp’s search bar would bring incredible music like this to my ears, I wouldn’t have waited so excruciatingly long.
Riverhood is one of the most creative albums I have ever heard, and I do not say this lightly. It’s the work of Montreal’s highly talented Luke Loseth (aka Felix Green), Charlotte Loseth (aka Sea Oleena) and others listed on their Bandcamp page.
The production is incredible. At any given moment, the sound is a flawlessly layered cake; an auditory delight: vocals reverberating, bass marching, synths spiralling up and down, and an incredible array of ambient sounds – claps, old European radio broadcasts, pianos, glass bottles, and the like.
Genre? “No” is the band’s apt reply. “Sonic exploration”.
Pick this album up. You’ll love what you discover.
Get Riverhood directly from the artist for $8 here: holobody.bandcamp.com
2012 saw the rise to fame of new artists like the ubiquitous Carly Rae Jepsen and the baffling PSY through contagious singles, but the album charts saw material from a lot of veteran musicians returning to post their sixth albums (No Doubt), ninth (Cat Power), twelfth (Leonard Cohen) or even seventeenth albums (Bruce Springsteen). Artists both new and old have put out innumerable incredible pieces; here’s a sampling the year’s more successful, creative and/or influential albums:
- My Favorite Albums of 2012 (thestereolounge.com)
She’s a singer, a pianist, an actress, and an educator. After shelving her master’s degree in Piano performance for a decade, Gina Williams “dared” herself to perform again at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey, BC, Canada on October 20, 2012. The Dare is a 65-person multi-genre performance. Tickets are available at the door. For all other details, watch!
In interviews he reveals a careful and introspective eloquence about the conceptual framework of his album. But rapper Aesop Rock (Matthias Bavitz) is just as apt to drop the gate for verbiage to fire on overdrive like an over-stimulated James Joyce narrating a late-night pillow fight.
Each song lyrically replete, Skelethon chronicles a rough period in Bavitz’s life, themed, in his words, by the “death of friends, house plants, and relationships”. It’s characteristically dark, and can get a little intense. But it also recounts experiences from his life that bring rootedness and meaning. Even the quirky “Fryerstarter” converts trips to Bob’s Donuts into religious experiences that provided Bavitz with home-away-from-home New York as he settled in California. If you can withstand the wordiness and appreciate a unique and headier rap style, Skelethon could be worth digging out.
Beach House’s captivating synth cocktail sits well in the eardrums. Lush, without being overpowering or overdone, it’s equally appropriate for a drive, the quieter side of a house party, or perhaps a summery romp in a field. Everything about Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally’s tone and look is reminiscent of 80’s dream pop, conveying yearnings for simplicity amid the constancy of turbulent emotion. Legrand’s vocals and Scally’s guitar concoct something perhaps intended to soothe recoil from heartbreak: “fleeting moments of happiness before it all disappears”.