Wildly // Cassette

August 24th, 2015 | This Is New York | 0 Comments

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Saw dreamy New York jangle-poppers Wildly the other night at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn. And their arrangements were wonderful.

ריו

August 20th, 2015 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Was reading Noisey‘s recent feature about Tel Aviv‘s music scene – which isn’t all that great, if you ask me; I lived in the area for nearly two years -and came across this band ריו (Reo). I checked out the video above and was like “Damn. That is a great song.” I didn’t even notice at first that the unabashedly retro disco outfit is a new project of Zoe Polanski, whose music as Bela Tar has graced the webpages of Gold Soundz before.

I think it’s also worth noting that this was the only band out of all the ones Noisey chose to write about that sings in Hebrew. The takeaway: the best Israeli music is stuff that’s proud to be Israeli, not trying to sell itself off to Europe and North America in English.

Mauno

August 19th, 2015 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Halifax experimental pop studio wizards Mauno probably have some cool songs underneath all the gorgeous arrangements and blissful sounds on their new album, Rough Master (which I think is the name of the album and not a descriptive term). Or not. Doesn’t really matter.

Records From Canada // Album (Hooded Fang)

August 18th, 2015 | Features | 0 Comments

Hooded-Fang-AlbumNamed after the beloved children’s books by Can-Lit legend Mordecai Richler, Hooded Fang is one of Toronto’s most underrated bands. Led by the inexhaustible Daniel Lee aka Lee Paradise (Phedre, Daps Records), Hooded Fang have been around for  years. Their discography includes three great full-length albums and an EP. My favourite release from their discography is their 2010 album Album (or self-titled…it’s not entirely clear…).

Album is a phenomenal collection of indie pop songs. The compositions are tight, the lyrics mature and insightful (if not overtly sophisticated) and the arrangements colorful and playful. There are wonderful horn and string flourishes throughout and the vocal trade-off from song to song between Lee’s baritone and Lorna Wright‘s coo is a classic indie-rock move that no one ever gets tired of. But there’s also a tinge of melancholy that runs through everything, making Album feel like the Sunday dawn closing out a great summer weekend.

Hooded Fang‘s later albums are no slouches either. It may very well be that the only reason I like Album the most is because it’s the one I’ve spent the most time with. Honestly, I didn’t even hear about the second and third album when they came out, but only some time after the release of each. Lee and his Daps crew sometimes seem to work like that. They just make great music. You’ll hear about it sooner or later.

Joseph Landau

August 16th, 2015 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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My Thornhill, Ontario broseph Joseph Landau put out new EP of idiosyncratic folk back in June. I had been meaning to give it a listen for a while, but when I bumped into him on the streets of Toronto this weekend, I knew it was truly time.