That New New: ODESZA, Busty and the Bass, Belle Mt.

Drop everything you’re doing and grab your headphones. The music gods (or you know, the industry kids) have brought us music galore this Friday.

ODESZA dropped their third album and it’s [insert fire emoji]. We already had a glimpse with 5 pre-album released tracks and a teaser video yesterday but today, the full LP is out. While some of the tracks off the album are my favorites of theirs, I’m hesitant to say it’s their best album yet. One thing particularly loved is the intro, which echoes that of their first album. The intro track – literally “intro” on both the first and third albums – sources vocals from elsewhere. In 2012’s Summer’s Gone they were from a BBC radiophonic sound experiment from 1957 and in today’s release on A Moment Apart they’re from a scene in ANOTHER EARTH. Some pretty cool and surprising features on the album as well including Leon Bridged and Regina Spektor.

If you’ve read my posts in the past, you know I’ve been a supported of a Montreal-based band by the name of Busty and the Bass. I first heard of these dudes back in 2014 when they were competing in the TD Rock Your Campus competition, through which they won the chance to open for The Arkells. Since I first saw their submission music video filmed on McGill campus, I’ve been hooked. And while I’ll admit I’m biased, I truly believe their music is one of a kind. They sound great both recorded and live. They put on great shows (I saw them 5x last summer). While I do think the album goes a tad farther in variety than I’d expect from a body of work like an album, they manage to keep a fairly consistent sound. If this is the first you’re hearing of them, you’re welcome.

Lastly, I discovered this amazing 3-piece British band this week through Mahogany Sessions, called Belle Mt. I’ve listened to this track about a dozen times. I’ll let the music do the talking, though I will say that if this track is any indication of what’s to come, I just want to say that you heard it here first. And if not, well then enjoy this one hit wonder.

In other news: Half Moon Run is also working on some new music.

 

New Artist Discoveries 03: KWAYE, ninajirachi, zoology, Winston Surfshit, Albin Lee Meldau

KWAYE

Where I Discovered: Marketing team at Mind of a Genius/WBR (thanks Parker!)

Sounds like: Shy Luv, NoMBe, Gallant

What I Love: Killer vocals, dance moves and style. All around smooth guy. Doesn’t hurt that he’s also signed to a cool label, Mind of a Genius, that consistently pumps out unique talent

Ninajirachi

Where I Discovered: Triple J Unearthed competition

Sounds like: Mura Masa, Flume, Cashmere Cat, Porter Robinson

What I Love: Some serious GRL PWR, chilled vibes AND she’s only 17.

Albin Lee Meldau

Where I Discovered: NPR Tiny Desk

Sounds like: Bruno Major, JP Cooper

What I Love: His raspy & captivating voice

Winston Surfshirt

Where I Discovered: Triple J Like A version

Sounds like: Busty and the Bass, DOPE LEMON

What I Love: Aussie surfer vibes, which you get a vibe of from the name alone. Signed to one of my favorite dance labels.

Zoology

Where I Discovered: Majestic Casual

Sounds like: Flight Facilities, Cosmo’s Midnight, Goldroom

What I Love: Perfect blend of open road driving, chilling by the pool and hanging out on a Saturday at 3am. Cool name. A Majestic Casual label releases.

See all my new artist discovery posts here.

Photo Review: Khalid in Montreal | 08.08.2017

He might only be 19, but the R&B pop singer is making waves in the industry and on the charts. After peaking at no. 16 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts with his hit “Location,” Khalid released his debut album American Teenon Sony’s RCA imprint. Now on tour, the artist stopped in Montreal for a show that was upgraded venues to accommodate for his crazed fans.

These photos were taken for Into The Airwaves Magazine and originally appeared here

Osheaga 2017

This year was the 6th time I attended Osheaga. New site, new bands, new friends, same incredible weekend. Minus the rain all. damn. day. on Friday.

Instead of words, I did visuals; I put together this video I filmed over the weekend. It’s my first completed and published Premiere Pro and After Effects project. It doesn’t encapulate all the shared feelings of the weekend, but it’s a start in an arts field I’m really excited about. You can also see all the artists I checked out below.

 

Friday

Glass Animals

Sampha

Miky Chance

MGMT

Justice

Lorde

Saturday

Jain

Yung Lean

Liam Gallagher

Cage The Elephant

Arkells

Major Lazer

Nicolas Jaar

Sunday

Local Natives

Tommy Kruise

Kink

Foster The People

Vance Joy

Die Antwoord

Alabama Shakes

Nina Kravitz

New Artist Discoveries 02: Tank and The Bangas, Roosevelt, Shallou, Moonrise Nation, Allure

It’s been just over half a year since my last ‘New Artist Discoveries’ post, so this one is long overdue. With only a month left of summer and the bulk of festival season done, there’s been a hell of a lot of new artists to discover. Osheaga is this weekend and I finally put Catfish and The Bottlemen on pause to give the lineup a proper listen through and build my dream schedule (which you can never see all of anyway).  This post isn’t about Osheaga artists (that’s coming after the festival!) but it is about some other artists I’ve recently discovered and wanted to share. Instead of background facts, I’ve decided to include how I discovered the artist to give you an idea of some of the ways I find new music as well as some related artists to put you in the mood.

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