New Junior Boys, The Antlers, and Holy Ghost!

In June, Hamilton indie-trons Junior Boys will release their fourth studio album It’s All True on Domino Records. Fairly compact, it clocks in at only nine tracks. I’ve been looking forward to their next project since 2009’s Begone Dull Care, which is a gem and a half, but I have mixed feelings about ep.

epJunior Boys (from It’s All True due out June 13, 2011)

ep, the second-last track on It’s All True, sounds like the duo took a dip into their childhood and came out dripping in heavily-eighties synth sounds. I’m not overly fond of cheesy synth, but the sultry voice of Jeremy Greenspan makes anything sound good. I’m sure it’ll grow on me… although I might only play it when I’m in a Chromeo kind of mood.

It’s my guess that there’ll be some sort of album-release gathering at The Brain, since it’s owned by Jeremy Greenspan and happens to be a pretty chill bar; if you’ve ever seen it, you’d probably agree that it oozes eccentricity from the refurbished brickwork and reclaimed furniture. So come June, if there happens to be any sort of album hoopla at The Brain, I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

ParenthesesThe Antlers (from Burst Apart due out May 10, 2011)

Next month, Brooklyn-based threepiece The Antlers will put out their fourth studio album, Burst Apart, on Frenchkiss Records. This soft-spoken trio has been doing quite well since starting as Peter Silberman’s solo project in 2006. After expanding into a three-man act, they were picked up by Frenchkiss and released Hospice in 2009. Although Hospice was a bit depressing (it told the story of the emotionally abusive relationship between a hospice worker and a terminally ill patient, so how happy could it possibly be?) Burst Apart already sounds like it’ll be a bit more of a pick-me-up.

Parentheses reminds me of an investigator walking through the ruins of an abandoned mental institution with a steaming white mug of coffee in his hand. My family and I used to take walks through the decrepit buildings of Whitby Psych when I was a kid and I always kept my eyes peeled for rogue ghosts. Speaking of ghosts:

Do It AgainHoly Ghost! (from Do It Again out on January 25, 2011)

This Holy Ghost! track was actually released earlier this year in January, but it’s new to me. Also, since Holy Ghost! are touring in Toronto this week (April 7 @ Sound Academy w/ Cut Copy), maybe this track will encourage any readers out there to check out this awesome pair live. Download Do It Again on RCRDLBL.