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Ticking down to this moment, it is time for the gritty honest revelation of Montreal metalcore band Seconds From Midnight, with their mountain shattering proclamations for the raging urgency of life and protests of belief, starting off with their ravenous debut single ‘The Great Escape’, in which I have the momentous pleasure to premiere here.
‘The Great Escape’ deals with alcohol and drug addiction, how they assume control over a person above all else, and the internal struggle and fight to relinquish that self-inflicted domination. This is certainly heard in the song, as Seconds To Midnight torches your cognitive processes aflame and boil your innards into action through their shifting interplay of intense rhythmic drum battery, deep growling anthemic guitar riffs, and menacing yet determined gruff vocals. Intricate math rock patterns are harshly incarcerated within metal’s sharp sonic grip and hardcore’s pulverizing tendrils, swelling and chasing forth scorn and brutality with hints of hardened passion in the fury to overcome dark tribulations.
‘The Great Escape’ by Seconds To Midnight is now available on Bandcamp.
Upcoming Performance Dates – Summer Never Ends Tour 2019 w/ Ocean Drive / Aarsen / Hopeful Sixteen:
August 30: Quebec City, QC @ La Source de la Martinière
August 31: Montreal, QC @ l’Hémisphère Gauche
September 1: Gatineau, QC @ Minotaure
Montreal experimental rock trio Yoo Doo Right conveys a fundamental perspective of life that we all need to put ourselves into now and again through their new single “The Moral Compass of a Self-Driving Car.” It is accompanied by this music video directed by Oliva du Vergier and staring Celeste de Clario, who both demonstrate this introspective acknowledgement through thought-provoking and freeing scenes.
Brushing and striking throughout with serene post-rock textures, blunt hypnotic krautrock rhythms and loud sparkling psychedelic effects, Yoo Doo Right presents an inner cosmic journey of reflection in perpetual motion across two parts. Mountainous curvatures of sonic structures formed by both gradual climbs of effort and steep bursts jumps of faith can be experienced in the shimmering cathartic terrain that the band creates, fit to heighten the evening environments in which Celeste traverses throughout the video. The ever-long driving drums patterns combined with shifting guitar layers produce reactive equilibrium; calm contentment with victorious confidence.
The “Self-Driving Car” could be an allusion to those skate ever-forward without breathing in the current moment. We hear in the beginning vocal segment ‘You move too fast…’ Watching the Celeste’s contemplative wanderings and blithe movements, it goes to show that when you get too fixated on moving forward and anxious on what is to come, remedy and enjoy the present and live in these fleeting moments.
Yoo Doo Right - The Moral Compass of a Self-Driving Car [Official Video] - YouTube
“The Moral Compass of a Self-Driving Car” by Yoo Doo Right will be self-released on July 12th on various music platforms, like Bandcamp and SoundCloud.
A confidently adorable and weird aesthetic, dipped in rich sweet meaning, beats at the core of “All Of My Heart”. Toronto artist Romshii and Hamilton experimental electropop singer-songwriter Sages share with us a carefree charming time this bite-sized infectious electronic house dance tune. In the song’s music video, with pop tarts in hand, they dance and sing, and search for the keyhole to love, across the suburban landscape alongside a reflective hooded being and an inflatable T-Rex.
ALL OF MY HEART // ROMSHII ft. SAGES - YouTube
The creation of this song has a significant, sad yet ultimately inspiring backstory, as Romshii tells it:
“This song is special because it almost never happened. I originally got these stems over a year ago. I asked Sages if she would let me mix one of her songs, I had no intention of making a “remix” or having her as a “featured artist”. I just wanted to see if I could make a mix she was happy with. A month later I was playing an ambient guitar set at one of my brothers art shows and Sages showed up with a very sad story. All of her new songs had been lost to a computer malfunction (thats what we call it in the industry), making my version of “All of my Heart” The only version to exist. I knew I had to save it from the void. I ended up throwing out the original mix and going to war once again. I wanted to make a lofi house banger that would make your pop tarts crumb. The result is what you have now. This song escaped death and ultimate obscurity. If this song can make it so can we. Be inspired and nod ya head.”
“All Of My Heart” was written and performed by Sages, and produced by Romshii.
The video was made by Catharina Hardy.
“All Of My Heart” is available on Romshii’s Bandcamp.
Check out Sages’ music on her Bandcamp.
Magnitude and trepidation plummets forth from “Day Without Dawn”, the new single by Toronto all-female contemporary progressive electric string quartet, Dévah Quartet. Between stark distorted and cavernous reverberated effected strings and ominous choral vocal textures, Dévah Quartet paints an intense portrait of our periodical dance with our internal darkness that pirouettes and sideswipes at our morale. The song’s grandeur and wonderment can defiantly be heard in the string solos, overwhelmed with majesty and craze, shattering and uplifting the senses with the might and power that strings can possess beyond classical form.
“Peanut Butter” by Ice Cream was inspired by an incident where while Carlyn Bezic, a man ordered an expensive scotch and thought it was excusable in return to treat her like dirt. Peanut butter is used as a metaphor to represent the slathering of these poor values everywhere.
The Leanover is indie dreamgroove duo Ali Overing and Lou Seltz, who came together in upstate New York back in 2016 and now permanently planted firmly in Montreal. I have the pleasure to premiere their new song ‘Forward and Back’, a glorious sweeping psychedelic art rock ballad in sound yet weighed and grounded by real life events through cathartic lyrics, that Ali says “are the most literal that I have written to date and are based on one lightning storm and one argument on a hot summer night.” Clairvoyant-sculptured bass bounding technique, vibrant electric guitar reverberation and shimmering crisp drum patterns uplift and direct Ali’s harmonious expressive voice to work towards peaceful coexistence in uncertain difficult times.
‘Forward and Back’ is the second single leading up to The Leanover’s upcoming album Portico, to be self-released on July 30th.
Upcoming Performance Dates:
July 31: Montreal, QC @ The Diving Bell Social Club [Portico Album Release Party]
As water fountains forth from a spring and the nightingale calls out in the stillness of dawn, tranquility is embodied in a rippling otherworldly charm in Toronto avant folk singer-songwriter Clara Engel’s “Mayfly Day”. Crystalline celestial tones ring and drift from the vivid psychedelic guitar riff that imprints this strophic folk song, decorating a minimalistic amorphous soundscape of sublime bowed glockenspiel, cello tremolo, and ambient guitar drones. Above these enchanting layers is Clara’s poetic thought-provoking lyrics, a novella of the ethereal strive for universal equilibrium between the darkness and light, nature and the synthetic. A dream-state inward stroll within a technicolour contemporary folk art piece.
“Mayfly Day” appears on Where a City Once Drowned: The Bethlehem Tapes Vol. II, available now on Bandcamp.