Feel layers of ranging emotions on Kira May’s lush LP, Sense

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Saying that Kira May’s new album is an experience sells it short. The Toronto-based artist first made a mark with her debut Health EP, which earned praise for its prominent use of looped vocals, able to create soaring soundscapes with some accompaniment on guitar and percussion. Her new record, due out this Friday, uses these techniques … Continue reading Feel layers of ranging emotions on Kira May’s lush LP, Sense

Hark Madley’s Debut EP Glows Like John Glenn’s Fireflies

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  “My status is excellent,” American astronaut John Glenn declares in a transmission to NASA’s control center during the 1962 Mercury-Atlas 6 spaceflight, the first to transport a man around the Earth. When Glenn sees the sun rise behind him as he hovers above the planet, he describes mysterious particles which became known as ‘fireflies’ that floated … Continue reading Hark Madley’s Debut EP Glows Like John Glenn’s Fireflies

Fighting for civil liberties and sad beats with Gadget and the Cloud

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Math and music, the two universal languages. One exists in a vacuum without room for empathy, and the other is colored by just about every emotion an artist can muster. Often we focus on the sadness of music, especially in cases where circumstances are inherently upsetting (A Crow Looked at Me, Carrie & Lowell). Seeing a … Continue reading Fighting for civil liberties and sad beats with Gadget and the Cloud

Escapism meets its match on Vlad Holiday’s new single “Tunnel Vision”

Originally premiered on the 405, view archived article here. What’s your favourite form of escapist entertainment? Movies? Video games? Music? While all three are great options to help you forget the world’s daily crises, the real question is, should we be trying to escape? Vlad Holiday addresses this on his newest single, “Tunnel Vision.” Read more. Vlad Holiday | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube … Continue reading Escapism meets its match on Vlad Holiday’s new single “Tunnel Vision”

Get a taste of Paul Cherry’s Flavours

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  They say not to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it’s hard to remain impartial! Take the art for Paul Cherry’s new album, Flavour: a random parallelogram in the background intersects with a Rolex Oyster bracelet, but instead of a normal watch face there is a cherry with a taichi symbol in its cross-section. … Continue reading Get a taste of Paul Cherry’s Flavours

Alexander Vincent’s debut single is a glorious, glitchy first impression

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  If you heard that the drummer for Magic!–the band that found fame with their seemingly ubiquitous 2014 single, “Rude!”–had a new project, you probably wouldn’t expect to hear it compared to the likes of Radiohead and Sam Smith. Yet that’s exactly who comes to mind when listening to Alexander Vincent’s newest single, “I Won’t.” Read more.  … Continue reading Alexander Vincent’s debut single is a glorious, glitchy first impression

Kahiem Rivera wrote his new EP while recovering from a near-death experience

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here. Surviving a near-death experience isn’t always sunshine and roses. Kaheim Rivera had to recover for months after being hit by a car, and even after that, he struggled to reclaim his old sense of normalcy. He wrote many songs in this idle time – the new Be Quiet EP may be the first in a series … Continue reading Kahiem Rivera wrote his new EP while recovering from a near-death experience

Super 8 footage adds nostalgia to Coleman Zurkowski’s latest single

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Coleman Zurkowski’s latest LP is a brilliant meditation on silence. Called ZERO, the work is resplendent in drawn-out brass notes and various ambient hiccups. Featuring an orchestra comprised of harp, clarinet, and piano, it conjures a curious yet ominous aura. If you look at the tracklist, the record counts down from ‘9’, but ‘0’ is far … Continue reading Super 8 footage adds nostalgia to Coleman Zurkowski’s latest single

A Steamer, a Cult, and Lauren Ruth Ward’s Debut Album

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Lauren Ruth Ward stands in front of a mirror holding up a shimmering disco ensemble. We’re in the Echo’s green room joined by a few people that play in other bands on tonight’s bill, as well as some peripheral friends. It is the first night of Ward’s January residency and the two-piece suit and jacket on … Continue reading A Steamer, a Cult, and Lauren Ruth Ward’s Debut Album