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Men I Trust - Norton Commander (All We Need) - YouTube


We’ve been waiting on pins and needles for what feels like an eternity in hopes of concrete news regarding Men I Trust’s next album. Though the Montreal trio have yet to announce a delayed release date for Oncle Jazz, they have continued to share their dreamy warped, gauzy laced music via fresh new tunes. Norton Commander (All We Need) is the latest such intoxicating treasure, and it comes with a trademark nostalgia laden music video from the group, featuring Emma Proulx cruising in a vintage car, lit in golden rays of sunshine. All that’s missing is the yellow subtitles that fans had grown accustomed to in many of Men I Trust’s earlier videos. Emma’s sweet cooing glides through the song’s wonky, languorous soundscape. Norton Commander, like many of Men I Trust’s other songs, is subtle with its melancholy as well as a touch of unsettled eeriness that Twin Peaks fans would love, but not so illusive with its deep longing. Follow along with Men I Trust on tumblr, here, as we long emphatically for that next full length. 

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Business Solutions - SoundCloud
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There must be something in the water in Montreal that inspires musicians to create dreamy, chiffon bedroom pop grooves. We have our list of Montreal faves in that department, like Men I Trust, or MUNYA. And now we’ve added JORDANN to that roster, too! The musician writes songs that exude nostalgia and reminiscence. Perhaps not unexpectedly, Dragos Chiriac from Men I Trust lent a hand in mixing and mastering the artist’s debut singles, including I Revel In You and Ashore, which we egregiously missed out on a couple months prior. We’re feverishly in love with JORDANN’s most recent song, Business Solutions, on which he coos with the soft sensuous allure of Rhye over a bed of dreamy synths and funky bass. All that’s left to do is sigh and float up to the heavens to this foggy swooner. Head over to Bandcamp to snag the track, here. Listen to JORDANN’s first releases on Soundcloud, here.

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White Sky - SoundCloud
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Pelicandy’s alt pop is always a welcome confection to our ears, the the English troubadours’ latest is no different. Their breezy, synth-driven anthem White Sky is glorious, to say the least. Slick MGMT-like rhythms and a Jungle-like groove drive the luscious and full-bodied anthem, which boasts stacked drum machines and fastidiously arranged synthesizers. Your pulse rate will only blast through the roof when the red-hot guitar solo hits, too. White Sky is a hot-blooded spectacular, and a sonic triumph. Co-produced in Lisbon with Bullion (Westerman, David Byrne, Teleman) and London with B.B. Bones, vocalist TC stated: “White Sky is about realising the ability to focus and reframe your own thoughts and perception of reality. Choosing what world you want to live in depending more on your mind-set than your surrounding environment, it’s like a superpower that anyone can learn. Depending on how we direct our thoughts we can even change our body’s own biology. It sounds like science fiction or new-age spirituality but it’s legit psychology and neuroscience”! White Sky is sure to bolster the duo’s growing acclaim. You can also stream the song on Spotify, here.

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Magic Hour - SoundCloud
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True story, my knees felt kind of wobbly as soon as the first bars of The Modern Strangers’ Magic Hour hit my ears. The British sibling duo woos us with the flushed, sleek heat of their disco-infused pop single Magic Hour, which comes hot on the heels of their UK tour in support of flor for the second time and supporting All Twins in Oslo. Magic Hour, produced by Gordon Mills Jr., is a seamless crossroads where modern synth/guitar pop, like that of LANY and Great Good Fine OK, and 70′s Bee Gees meet, with a smattering of MGMT on top. Speaking about the new single, The Modern Strangers explain, “We wrote the song whilst on a trip to L.A. It was the day England played Columbia in the World Cup and after that tense penalty shoot out we took the adrenaline into a home studio in Silver Lake and recorded ‘Magic Hour’. It was also our lead singer (Max’s) birthday. The combination of so much excitement resulted in one of our favourite songs to date! We feel it really captures our trip and the emotions we had during that time. We wrote the entire song that day, and finished it off in the UK.” A sophomore EP from The Modern Strangers is on its way, with an EP release party slated in London for July 11th. Listen to Magic Hour on Spotify, here.

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Walk Like Nothing - SoundCloud
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Let’s make our way over to music prolific Sweden for a new one from The Land Below, whose new single Walk Like Nothing is a smooth swinger of an indie/synth pop treat off his upcoming album release, ‘Whatever Comes, We’ll Hold The Line’, out soon on June 7th. Erik Lindsetad, a songwriter, producer, and soundtrack composer, turns in an effortless performance with glossy gliding vocals on the infectious new wave festooned, airy glowing piece. Despite its coat of brightness, Walk Like Nothing ferries sinister lyrical matter. It sets its sights on a person who gets away with everything without consequence. Lindestad describes them as: “Someone who leaves a trail of ruins without looking back. Someone who despite the fact that everybody knows, still is allowed to keep on going.”  I can imagine this song soundtracking a get away moment in a dramatized serial killer biopic quite perfectly. And I’d take great pleasure in it, for better or for worse, considering the subject matter. You can also listen to Walk Like Nothing on Spotify, here.

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Von Sell - Fool (Audio) - YouTube


Fools we are not when it comes to David Von Sell, the Brooklyn singer songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who releases music under the name Von Sell. Sure, we’re slaves to that creamy, satiny voice, and his dynamic music that melds verdant baroque pop with glossy soul. But you’re only a fool when you’re believing in a lie, and Von Sell’s music is genuinely staggering. We stagger indeed in the wake of recent single Fool, a fancifully labyrinthian melange of intricate instrumentals accompanied by a lanky, quirky groove effused with both funk and psych soul. Unknown Mortal Orchestra meets Sufjan Stevens and Fyfe on the meticulous swooner. Stream the top notch tune via Spotify, here.     

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Virtuous Circle - SoundCloud
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From death comes rebirth, from an end comes a new chapter, and that’s what Jordan Klassen gives us on his sanguine elegy Virtuous Circle. We haven’t heard from the Canadian musician in quite some time, so the ballad is a reawakening of our love for his chamber folk and folktronica. He states that the song was written at a time in his life when he felt surrounded by a lot of death. As he describes it: “…the loss of a family member, broken relationships, personal instability, and what felt like an endless streak of disappointments in my career. This song is a prayer to be reincarnated, a plea of hope that what feels like a vicious circle could invert into a virtuous one. I think it’s pretty natural to try to ward off pain once it inevitably arrives,but I wanted to write about engaging with such an uncomfortable feeling in a healthy way. Maybe by engaging with it, you can actually walk through it. I want ‘Virtuous Circle’ to have a sense of darkness contrasted with hopefulness.I want it to feel like running – like breaking away from what is chasing you.” With his soft, soothing voice and a baroque ornateness reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens, Jordan Klassen reinvigorates our hearts with this reflective beauty. Keep up with the Vancouver resident via his website, here.

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Gaspar Narby - An Absentee - YouTube


We all live in a frenetic digital age that has changed the way we communicate with one another, and even the way we meet people and date. There’s lengthy conversations to be had in regards to the advantages and disadvantages of our tethered society, but one thing I believe we can all agree on is the fact that many fantastic songs have been inspired by this contentious topics. Case in point, London-based Swiss producer Gaspar Narby’s An Absentee, a beautifully serene ambient/indie electronic piece which reflects on a long-distance WhatsApp relationship. Like a tranquil lake, gently displaced by celestial synths and ethereal melodies, An Absentee profers a transcendental experience of solitude, awash with bittersweet folk pop hues and futuristic electronic flickers. An Absentee is a stunning canvas that brings together the baroque chamber sounds of Sufjan Steven, the ever wistful dewiness of Death Cab For Cutie, and the cosmic future bass production of Jai Wolf. “Today, we are connected like never before, which can create beautiful things, but paradoxically, I find myself feeling increasingly alone,” Narby says. An Absentee’s glimmering video was directed by Yolane Rais, who shot the film in an indoor swimming pool. It explores loneliness by placing two characters in the same space, but at different times, with one of them swimming during the day and the other appearing at night. They both seem to be waiting for someone. Rais uses water to transform and blur the two characters. Her slow-motion shots make them appear almost inanimate and coexist with still-life imagery. Listen to Gaspar Narby on Spotify, here.

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Wyldest - Mind Over Body / Slowdance (Official Video) - YouTube


We’ve always been wild for Wyldest, the London trio that’s intoxicated us endlessly with their windswept guitar pop and dreamy lullabies. That insatiable love is renewed with the unveiling of the visuals for ‘Mind Over Body / Slowdance’, the fourth single to come from Wyldest’s debut album Dream Chaos, out since March via Hand In Hive. The song itself kicks off beautifully with an untethered air of fleecy post-rock, shoegaze, and dream pop before a sublime pluckiness kicks in to bring the track to a whole new level of indie pop splendor. Its video, produced by multi-talented Zoe Mead, who fronts the band, is the perfect marriage of sound and vision. Somewhat eerie haunting vintage footage plays out in harmonious accompaniment to the track’s noire-tinged shoegaze and billowing synthpop. Wyldest has announced a special live outing with Killing Moon at London’s The Old Blue Last on July 23rd. Tickets are available, here.

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Bruise - SoundCloud
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Yumi Zouma repairs our bruised, battered hearts, time and time again, with the New Zealand band’s ever enthralling dream pop. But we’ve also learned recently that their sprightly and snappy offerings are major spirit boosters, too. New song Bruise does just that with its peppy chords and misty flushed vocals. It’s an inebriating bop featuring their usual golden glissade and a balmy pleat of warm instrumentals. About the song, Yumi Zouma share: “On ‘EP III’, we were literally finishing tracks the day before they had to be turned in and uploaded. This helped us to realise that we could release our next songs in a more direct way, and put ‘Bruise’ out independently. The origins of ‘Bruise’ were steeped in loss, but the track has become a beacon of optimism for us. We started writing the instrumental after our great friend Sam told us he was leaving the band and moving to Serbia. We were all distraught until Josh said, ‘Cheer me up guys - let’s write a song for Nelly Furtado’. Nelly never replied but we came up with a smash.” Bruise can also be streamed off Spotify, here.

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