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Since dropping "The Romantics" back in October, Toronto acoustic rockers Inlet Sound have literally taken to the water to promote their well-received debut album. Exhibit A is this new Christopher Mills-directed promo which finds the band gathering at the foot of York Street for an all-hands-on-deck boat ride out into the snowy inner harbour. As the five folkies strum along to the sweeping, melodious strains of "Young Hearts", their journey takes a fantastical turn and they become enveloped in an animated swirl of vintage photo effects and collapsing buildings. Yellow Submarine for the Hipstamatic generation.
After a significant gestation period, Gold & Youth's debut album "Beyond Wilderness" is finally out this week, and with it the group's first official video for the moody, synth-pop driven single "Jewel". The promo clip was directed by Natalie Robinson and features the husband and wife team of Nico Archambault and Wynn Holmes, the latter of whom is seen dancing across an empty and angular cityscape. More on this highly anticipated release from Nerese Richter.
“This is my old-time mountain song. It has this foot-stomping vibe,” Justin Hines said of "Lay My Burdens Down" during a recent recording session at CBC Music. The track is one of many strong numbers from his fifth album "How We Fly, which features a string of top-flight collaborators (as Kerry Doole notes in his review of the record here) and this live performance video is suffused with a soft golden light, some mean slide guitar, and the oustanding blusey drawl of Hines himself. Guaranteed to make you a convert.
It’s not strictly CanCon, but hearing Chilly Gonzales discuss his contributions to the new Daft Punk record, Random Access Memories, he gets us psyched for that album’s May 21 release. In this installment of the Intel/Vice webseries "The Collaborators", the piano man explains his role as a chord-builder and melody maker, and his role in bridging old world classicism with futuristic electronica, and his earlier involvement as collaborator with Feist and Drake. When the A-list asks you personally to fulfill a specific musical role, how can you decline?
Victoria-based indie-folkie Aidan Knight has been hard at work on the touring circuit since the release of his second long player "Small Reveal" in October 2012. In March, he stopped by CMW in Toronto and performed the album's opening track "Dream Team" at The Church of the Holy Trinity, and the elegiac swells of the 8 minute song were captured by CBC Radio 3 and posted on YouTube yesterday. Help support Aidan's tour (currently hitting the East Coast) by purchasing his latest EP on Bandcamp.
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