Now Hear This: Winter In Your Heart - Ultimate Painting



This new one from Ultimate Painting is so deftly controlled that it’s almost a crime to call is casual. Aside from the title, “Winter In Your Heart” pretty much encapsulates one of my favourite summer moments. I’ve seen this song in the sky for years in the form of a drifting cloud seemingly crawling across the sun. Through polarized lenses, the shine from behind is something akin to the most relaxing high and this song is that shine. There’s no build-up or rise and fall…just a steadily enveloping sense of calm that lingers long after the song fades.


Ultimate Painting will release their self-titled debut 28-Oct-2014 via Trouble In Mind, available for pre-order now through these red letters.

NOW DO YOU SEE: Time Between - Bear In Heaven



“…the nightly New York fever dream.” Those were the closing words of Bear In Heaven’s message accompanying their new video for “Time Between” and it perfectly describes the montage. Between drag queens, the fireworks of youth, the bobbling head of a lonely drunk and a bit of horizontal love, director Nick Bentgen and members of the band toured the electric city for three weeks from 9pm until forever gathering footage. With this brilliant collection of experiences they manage to document the diversity of the city while exploring the human condition in just under four minutes.


Time Is Over One Day Old is out tomorrow via Dead Oceans through these red letters

Now Hear This: Warning - Cymbals Eat Guitars



There’s a purity to Cymbals Eat Guitars material that cannot be ignored. Their ability to make you feel something has never been questioned, but what it was you were feeling was always a bit ambiguous. Their enigmatic deliveries yielded enigmatic emotions, and until now this was their greatest strength. I can’t tell you why “…And The Hazy Sea” takes me over the way it does. All I know is that it does and its grip is extremely powerful.


Everything we’ve heard from the forthcoming album LOSE, has a simplicity at its center that you connect with instantly. The feeling that it summons is exactly the same feeling the band have said that the album was built upon - nostalgia. Their newest tease from the upcoming album is a track called “Warning”, and it is a rush of captivating percussion and Joseph D’Agostino’s urgent-then-settled anecdotes and observations (“…telling me the truth, getting goosebumps on your roof, friendship’s the biggest myth.”) It is ALL feeling from a band that have usually kept things fairly arcane.


The previously shared “Jackson” and this new track are the furthest thing from transient. They are compelling songs from an album that is shaping up to be one that you’ll live with for sometime.


LOSE will be out via Barsuk Records on 26-Aug-2014 and is available for pre-order through these red letters.

Now Hear This: Strong Love - Gap Dream



Gap Dream’s newest, “Strong Love” makes it very difficult to use words to sum up the myriad of surprising and engaging ingredients in its concoction. Bound by a clipping spine that recalls Destroyer’s “Kaputt”, Gabriel Fulvimar’s buoyant vocals drag like pastel colours on a deftly handled brush. I’ll tell friends that this one is sheer pleasure and perfectly captures the restlessness of someone in their late twenties. I’ll also carry it around so that if words fail I can produce a pair of headphones and let them listen well…let them slip away for four minutes.


Gap Dream are releasing “Strong Love” as part of a split 7” with Part Time on Burger Records on 26-Aug-2014.

Now Hear This: Be Cool - Cancers



Cancers do something really great with alternative and pop ideas on their new track “Be Cool”. The guitars are unassuming and spit with every strum. Ella Kaspar’s voice bobs in a glorious upper-middle range, floating on the pop undercurrents but contained by the upper grunge layer. And I think it is important that they are in that order, yet at the same time it almost does Cancers an injustice to even mention pop and grunge. This band just sounds like they’re having too much fun for either or.


Look for their album Fatten The Leeches, due 16-Sep-2014 on Kandy Kane Records (CD/digital) and Dead Broke Rekerds (Cassette/Vinyl).

#FUNNERFRIDAYS: Hold Still - Slow Magic


This new cut from Slow Magic’s upcoming album makes me wish I had chromesthesia. I can imagine the opening yielding rich purples and blues before detonating red bursts of sonic bliss when the song hits its proper stride. “Hold Still” might be the best summer evening primer I’ve heard this year. Oh, and there’s a midway drop to pianos, watery beats and warped voices that is absolute paradise.


Slow Magic’s new effort, How To Run Away, will be out 9-Sep-2014 on Downtown Records and he’s visiting Toronto on 28-Sep-2014 at The Garrison.

NOW DO YOU SEE: So What - Avi Buffalo


Avi Buffalo’s Avi-Zahner-Isenberg awakens in the surf and slowly phases between dream worlds via a red door portal in slow pursuit of an absolutely stunning woman. It’s no wonder he sees her every time he closes his eyes. Many of these sequences play out across worldly vistas that are just as easy on the eyes as they tune is on the ears.


And speaking of the tune, “So What” is a breezy bit of goodness. At times it hints at Death Cab influence, but lyrically it is more grounded and observant. Between Avi’s casual vocals and gleaming guitars hide thin threads of maturity that never overpower the experience. It’s a lot like being at the beach on a perfect Sunday. That blue horizon surely goes on forever but work is just around the corner.



Avi Buffalo’s second album At Best Cuckold will be out 9-Sep-2014 via Sub Pop, and can pre-ordered through these red letters.

NOW DO YOU SEE: Strange Rumblings Trailer


Globe / Strange Rumblings Trailer from george manzanilla @ rundfunk on Vimeo.


From the collective that brought us Electric Blue Heaven comes a new journey into the nomadic golden hearts of Globe’s surf team. Here be the global traverse of a team hypnotized by the pulsing rocks of ice and thick orange fog, from Iceland to Indo Joe G and crew pursue and progress. Pay heed, there are Strange Rumblings In Shangri La.

Single Shot: I Found A New Way - Twin Peaks



Twin Peaks will release Wild Onion 5-Aug via Grand Jury.

Now Hear This: Runaways - Illitry



Hamilton electro-frontier explorers Illitry have re-visited their first online track and morphed it into a warbling and colourful summer warp called “Runaways”.


With the continued help of Michael Keire and Threshold Studios on the production end, Illitry continue to expand their sonic craft. For all of the blips and futuristic effects here, there’s also a lot of empty space between. Those momentary vacuums are absolutely necessary to keep all of the elements from collapsing in on themselves. Instead, everything floats in a blissful harmony like universal gases spanning endless, awe-inspiring miles. Kudos again goes to Mr. Keire who seems to be extremely dialed into this type of sound and creative output.


“Runaways” premiered on Noisey last week with a tidy video treatment c/o Brooks Reynolds. The short film depicts two young ladies in a troubling work environment, who use dark methods to exact their revenge. It was filmed at our favourite coffee spot (Cannon Coffee Co). Everything mentioned in this paragraph are good things. Check the video through these red letters.


Illitry have a pair of songs on their bandcamp, located through these red letters.