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Katie loves music, cultivating weird hobbies, and exploring Toronto.

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1. Electric to Me Turn – Bruce Haack
2. Fly Like an Eagle – The Space Lady
3. The Feeling When You Walk Away – Yves Tumor
4. Black Venom – The Budos Band
5. Sweet Salvation – The Stepkids
6. River People (Live) – Weather Report
7. The Other Song – Spirit
8. Madagascar – Lake
9. This Strange Effect – The Shacks
10. Hold On – John Lennon
11. Admitting the Endorphin Addiction – Open Mike Eagle, Paul White
12. Satan – D.D Dumbo
13. High Pressure Days – The Units
14. Cable Dazed – Invisible Conga People
15. Father Stretch My Hands – Pastor T.L. Barrett
16. Inspiration Information – Shuggie Otis

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dissonant, dissident, distant pop

1. Plastic Coated Dancers – Freak Heat Waves*
2. Liquid Honey – Freak Heat Waves*
3. Maze – William Alexander
4. Mr. Noah – Panda Bear
5. Jungle Swingers – Macula Dog
6. Bridge of Ignorance Returns – Cloud Becomes Your Hand
7. Doll Face on the Calico Highway [Giant Claw Remix] – Guerilla Toss
8. PRIVATE SCARAB CLUB RESERVE – Spencer Clark
9. Disney – Kara-Lis Coverdale*
10. Tears – Giant Claw
11. Plants In Combination – Hippies Wearing Muzzles
12. Parallax Border – Giant Claw
13. Chats With Lucy – Nick Klein

*Canadian

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1. It’s Raining Today – Scott Walker
2. That’s Us / Wild Combination – Arthur Russell
3. Hey Moon – John Maus
4. Strange – Patsy Cline
5. Too Late To Turn Back Now – Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
6. Green Blood – Sonny & the Sunsets
7. Lonely Lover – Xenia Rubinos
8. In a Phantom Mood – Shintaro Sakamoto
9. The Past Tense – infinite bisous
10. Forever Dolphin Love – Connan Mockasin
11. Jealous Lies – Soft Hair
12. Thick Paste – Fake Buildings*
13. Nanonana – Luge*
14. A Pot Of Golden Rainbows – sean + ur not*
15. Speaking Gently – BadBadNotGood*

*Canadian

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New Music: Alexia Avina’s Surrender EP

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On her new Surrender EP, Montreal’s Alexia Avina creates sweeping vocal loops that feel like soft branches fluttering their fresh, raw buds. A bedroom pop album inspired by emotional floods and the vulnerability of starting again, the delicate 5-track EP was recorded in bursts using a Boss RC-50 loop station. With light synth bells used as punctuation, francophone samples, low-key guitar melodies, and Avina’s angelic, airy vocals, this is an album for morning meditations, basking in the sun, feeling the grass tickle the back of your legs, staring up at nothing at all.

Best Tracks: who will go out with a friend and thought we would stay

Check out the music video for if i’m the one that you need by Miriam Brellenthin.

New Music: Régis Victor’s Dix-sept titres de la République du Civou

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Montreal’s Régis Victor’s Dix-sept titres de la République du Civou is unlike anything I’ve heard before. Split into two halves, face jaune et face bleue, the album stabs its way through a musique concrète jungle in the dark, poking glittering eyes with a heated sword.

The album opens with Zinc, a discordant argument between rattling percussion and ascending flute shepard tones (the ascending staircase illusion of music). Saxophones and infrequent piano notes attempt to moderate, but the flute and skins are persistently stubborn.

On Doug, wooden mallets smash with abandon; warbling, hesitant synths dips their toes into far waters only to slink away behind black trees. The caucophony is punctured by the descent of glassy bells, droning racecar zoom of samples, and grumbling assorted vocal snippets.

Halfway through each song, the elements shift like slithering snakes, coiling under roots and becoming unrecognizable—on Lampagisto, pleading synths submit to nimble, choppy fingers plucking a detuned guitar, while rough, almost obnoxious flutes bleat insistently.

When vocals do appear on Isosceles Not A Centipede, they sit removed and docile behind a strange sound that reminds me of a rubberized machine.

The album’s first half—face jaune—is urgent, anxious, confusing, yet confident. It drills and drives towards the album’s second half—face bleue—which carries a deferential playfulness, drawing more from electronic instrumentation than the wild acoustics of the former.

Refreshingly abrasive and unforgivingly complex, Dix-sept titres de la République du Civou is a palate cleanser.

Best Tracks: Zinc, Doug, Lampagisto, and Shhh

Zinc

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Doug

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Lampagisto

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Shhhh

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Grab (or stream) the rest of the album for free at Free Music Archive.