Taste is a new band from Toronto’s Ewan Kay. I’ve know Kay since about 2007. He’s a good dude. He’s also a member of another great Toronto band, Moon King. Kay’s latest project shares some of that band’s fluorescent dream-pop aesthetic, but feels more grounded in comparison with Moon King‘s aery swirl.
A little over a week ago, Airick Woodhead, released his second full-length album as Doldrums on Sub Pop. I haven’t made it all the way through that album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, but the couple songs off it I heard sounded pretty badass. Moon King- Daniel Woodhead‘s dream-pop project with Maddy Wilde - also just put out their album Secret Life the other day (the 14th) via Last Gang. Both Torontonian bros (admittedly Airick is based in Montreal these days…) are playing with their respective outfits in New York/Brooklyn this weekend. I’ll be part of the Canadian ex-pat attendance crew at one of those shows, provided I can get a ticket or something.
Good news: Daniel and Maddy are finally getting around to putting out a proper Moon Kingalbum. Secret Life comes out April 14th on Toronto label Last Gang. First dropped song, the kraut-y “Roswell”, finds the band using the shimmering work of 90s brit-gazers Lushas a foundation upon which to construct their own temple of sound.
Wow, I miss the Toronto music scene. Daniel Woodhead (not Benjamin…) and Maddy Wilde (together they are akaMoon King) bring another bad-ass tune into existence, going harder into some weird corner of shoegaze (Sunny Sundae Smile-era My Blood Valentine, perhaps) and the results are phenomenal. Fuck. (via Pitchfork)
As is not infrequent, Pitchfork is 100% correct in giving Montreal samplegaze experimentalist Grimes’ latest album, her first full-length for 4AD, Visions, the ‘coveted’ Best New Music distinction and and an 8.5/10. It is a phenomenal album: consistent, inventive, original, and astoundingly accessible. I had already been growing more and more favourable to Grimes‘ earlier work – which I first thought good but a little too ‘grimey’ and weird for casual listening, but this totally surpasses it in every way. It feels bigger, more expensive, more experimental, catchier, melodic, even danceable sometimes. Not to get carried away, “bonny bear?”-asking friends will still think it ‘s the kind of music the skinless humans in the second planet of the apes movie might listen to while having sex – but anyone who’s sympathetic to the weirder sampletastic shit that’s been pretty hot of late will likely agree with me on this one.
I first met and saw Grimes at a Rich Aucoin Tiger Bar show being put on bySnakes + Ladders, the promo company/blog of Daniel Woodhead – Moon King maestro and brother of Airick Woodhead, who’s Doldrums project is featured one of the albums best tracks, “Colour Of Moonlight (Antiochus)”. I didn’t think this skinny chick with a strange haircut would end up being a Pitchfork darling, but I was clearly very wrong. And I’m glad that I was, as it shows that we’re moving towards an increasingly experimental-friendly indiesphere, with the boundaries determining what is just ‘too weird’ to get popular being demolished by the day.