Vancouver-born, Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist Rebecca Fin Simonetti is a self-proclaimed “tender psycho” and brilliant synthpop explorer.
With vocals that stroke against throbbing dance rhythms and plucked harp samples, Ice Pix’s echoing production brings to mind singing to one’s self in the resonant bathroom of an all-night abandoned church rave. With hollowed out vocals flowing over hallowed ground, Ice Pix is delicate, nodding, and curious to see where the night might take it. Let it take you too.
Ebullient, springy, and youthful, Palm Isle EP is the debut release from Montreal experimental pop artist Max T. The project of Max Taeuschel, who’s done music videos for Look Vibrant and Ought, Palm Isle grins with tropical precociousness, featuring rippling percussion, cascading bells, and stacked vocal harmonies that soothe like a hammock strapped between tangerine palms. Add to the soundtrack for planning the vacation you can’t afford.
1. All to Myself – Amber Coffman
2. Way to be Loved – TOPS*
3. No Car – Faith Healer*
4. Copper Mines – Mothers
5. Subliminal – Heaven For Real*
6. Bonnie’s State of Mind – Freak Heat Waves
7. Anthony Ivy – Sheer Agony*
8. Kirkobain – Old & Weird*
9. American Way – Kurt Inder*
10. i see the moon – Vulva Culture*
11. Slug Orgy #1 – Eyeballs*
12. Whose Hair – CUPCAKE DUCTAPE*
13. Subhuman – Bored Décor*
14. The Decline And Fall Of Me – Sparks
15. I Wanna Be Yours – John Cooper Clarke
16. Skiptracing – Mild High Club
17. Lying Has To Stop – Soft Hair
18. Every Single Thing – Homeshake*
19. Femme – Le Couleur
20. Planet Junior – The Babe Rainbow
Kitchener’s D-Zero—a self-professed “university dropout and aspiring Sun Ra”—dips into subzero ambience on soft planet, creating a submerged Korg Kaoscillator landscape with electronic pulses bubbling to the surface. Paddling with the reliable strokes of a Volca Beats drum sequencer and mixed with a Tascam 2488, soft planet takes inspiration from the soundscapes of late 90s and early 00s video games. This album works best when it drifts where it wants to.
Best Tracks: q ni edulerp, sometimes when you wake up, and crystal shards
Thin Barrier bears the ambient fruits of an hour-long live improvisation on Peterborough’s Trent Radio during winter solstice. The album features dreamy guitar loops fed through a Casio SK-1 keyboard, field recordings gathered in Mairena Del Alcor, Bellaterra, and Peterborough, and live sampling from Jake Ryan’s phone.
Cacophonous church bells, tumbling microphone blowouts, silky percussive grazes, interlocking guitar melodies, and bobbing samples create the sense of being cradled by branches in the wind, weaving and swaying under the slow transit of clouds. Listen seamlessly.
Best Tracks: Untitled I, Tintinnabulation, Untitled III, and The Rest Of It