The maturation of Yung Lean is an incredible thing. The beats go harder, the lines come smoother but everything Yung Lean Doer remains. From Lean’s new album Unknown Memory, VOLT has a long build-up and then delivers hard. Hit play again, let it repeat. Emotions and Arizona Iced Out Tears. This makes me wish all the sadboys were together again. Halifax and J2B misses Shea.
Wolf Saga got on my radar with his brilliant remix of Iggy Azalea’s ‘Work’. If there is one thing he established for me there, and in most subsequent releases, it’s that he lives to build up to a crescendo of joy. His music slowly adds layers, and teases the upcoming outcry. His latest original creation, ‘You Are Here Now’, does just this. It’s a song fit for a movie soundtrack, one where you might weep a little bit. In this latest little gemerald, Wolf Saga cover’s The Strokes. And even though bits of the original remain, it now has an entirely new flavor. And once again Wolf Saga builds up to a happy ending.
Maybe the biggest surprise of Pop Explosion was the very first band I saw on opening night. I knew I would like Vogue Dots, that was apparent when I first checked out their bandcamp. I hated that I missed their show at Gus’ Pub. But the end result was even better, because I got to see and hear them on a bigger stage and they came through. They were huge. I’ll make it a point to not miss their shows anymore. I also wouldn’t be surprised if they were a headlining show at Halifax Pop Explosion 2015. They deserved much better than opening for three other bands. Check them out, go see their upcoming shows.
Local child-at-heart Rich Aucoin released his new album ‘Ephemeral’ just in time for Pop Explosion. Sadly, I missed that show, but it hasn’t stopped me from listening. The same energy that Rich brings to live shows comes through here, as you want to tilt your head back, close your eyes and holler the lyrics while your feet stomp their hardest. The accompanying video, directed by Jason Eisner, has nostalgic fingerprints all over it. The song and video are a great experience and fit each-other perfectly. It’s hard not to feel the amount of joy that is intended.
A retunr to Throwback Thursday! Man do I ever miss my pal Shea right now.
Aside from being one of my favorite movies, the Darjeeling Limited also exposed me to some of The Kink’s greatest songs. I don’t really enjoy their huge library, and that 60′s Britpop sound, but man does this song ever make me feel good. It’s become a daily piece that can pick me up at work no matter the mood. I hope that it helps anyone else get through.
While at a show last night, I ran in to Eastern Canada’s biggest Beach House fan and we talked about the recent Halifax show. Even though that show was taken over by an idiotic Halifax crowd, by the end of the show their MDMA fueled stupidity was worn out and Beach House finally took over to captivate everyone. Even though my blood was running hot, I finally had a moment to get lost in Victoria Legrand and the warm sounds of ‘Irene’. I didn’t know what song it was until pointed out to me last night, which is embarassing, but I’m better for it now. So I share it with everyone. Now you too can get lost in this wonderful song. I’m feeling a lot of nostalgia for great shows right now. Even though the real Beach House show for me was in Montreal, I still have a great moment to carry with me from their Halifax appearance.
Floaty, light and filled with sunshine. GOVS’ new song feels like a Washed Out track that is trying to deliver a little more than an aura of pleasant weather. Is it any surprise that this comes from Australia? Maybe it’s a product of always being upside down, but their music always feels so fresh.
Haunting, dark and beautiful vocals, and a completely unique backing of instruments and sounds. atOlla is another great band to emerge from Australia where it seems music revolutionaries make names for themselves. This is as fresh and tasty as you can get. I’m in love. Check out their three EP’s on their soundcloud.
I’ve been really enjoying the newest Wild Beasts album, ‘Present Tense’. It’s been a really pleasant surprise, and is well justified in the positive reviews it’s received so far. But this Foals remix might be the stand-out of the release. There’s a climbing, brooding feeling here that reminds me of ‘Claire de Lune’, one of the best songs I’ve heard in a long time. Big ups to Foals for putting this together, and having it be a regular play for me the last few weeks. It deserves a spot here.
Summer Heart just understands timing, and he gets summer. A new song falls on our laps, and the weather forecast shows summer temperatures in late September. We’re blessed all around. This is just another great track meant to make you feel warm inside, and bring back memories of lakes and baseball. I don’t want to let go of summer, so I won’t.