New Music: FIN’s Ice Pix

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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.

Best Tracks: Opula, Nightflowers, and  Pike

ambient//electronic//orchestral: Akio Suzuki, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman & Ando Laj

A while ago, I wrote a piece on Weird Canada about Sounds You Love / Sounds You Hate, a special exhibition and archival project performed for this year’s Vancouver New Music Festival. It reminded me that Japanese musician Akio Suzuki gave a solo performance for the festival and I wish I could’ve been there.

I’m quietly listening to this piece called Analapos (A-1) Opening Music For Yokosuka Museum Of Art from K7. The piece was commissioned by the museum to be played at opening and closing. It was recorded at the museum in 2007. You can just imagine the paintings blowing dust off themselves and the statues rolling their shoulders back.

Yesterday morning, I was listening to an old podcast of Toast and Jams, my old favourite CIUT show (it ended in December 2013). It opened with a few movements from Philip Glass’s soundtrack to Koyaanisqatsi (1982). Later that night while speaking to my boyfriend on the phone, I told him about how much I enjoyed hearing these compositions for the first time. Strangely enough, the movie was recommended to him earlier that morning by his friend Carol, the Director of Music at Wychwood Art Barns. I like weird coincidences like that; they make me feel like I’m on the right track.

Prophecies plays with tempo to great effect. The slow repetition of the organ feels like an interrogation and a funeral.

How to describe Einstein On The Beach? It feels like elbows plopped down on an organ while you nod in succession. “These are the days, my friends.”

Delectable, chewy strings in this Michael Nyman piece, Wheelbarrow Walk. It feels triumphant and brisk, like the windswept hair toss of a rebellious woman standing in the middle of a pale yellow wheatfield at dusk.

After working on various Weird Canada projects for the past few months, I’ve decided to start writing about music. It’s what I’ve been interested in for a while, but never been bold enough to try. I’m not sure why it was so intimidating for me, but I think it might have been the fact that I read WC for so long that it felt like an institution to me.

I’m currently working on a piece on Ando Laj (Andy Lajeunesse) a Toronto experimental electronic musician releasing music under Hacktivism, a Michigan-based label that focuses on breathing analog life into digital tracks. Here’s a track that I didn’t end up writing about; it’s excellent; spacey and deep with small quirks and an interesting lite bongo drum machine beat. It sounds like bent wires flexing back into shape.

Happy Birthday To Me (MBF® Canadian music Treatzzza Pizza)

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I’m 26 years old today. AM I MATURE YET??????**

 

**No

 

My mom gave birth to me when she was 27. That’s one year from now. To put it in perspective, the other night, I ate an entire box of pizza and washed it down with a Stiegl Grapefruit Radler (the perfect grapefruit draught for summer). The only thing I am close to becoming pregnant with is most of a red velvet birthday cake decorated to look like my boyfriend’s face. Yes, I will upload a picture of us eating him. Yes, The Edible Woman is one of my favourite books.

Here are some cool tunes by Canadian bands to celebrate my b-day.

 

Love Solo – Heaven For Real (Halifax) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

Ash Mound – Each Other (Montreal) – Bandcamp | Facebook

 

Rough Palms – Faux Fur (Calgary) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

Wasteland – Hooded Fang (Toronto) – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

Don’t Remind Me – Jay Arner (Vancouver) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

THERE IS MIST IN THE VALLEY – Zacht Automaat (Toronto) – Soundcloud | Facebook

 

Leap Years – Sunny Pompeii (Vancouver) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

Landform II (Shield)Herons Wake (Ottawa) – Bandcamp | Facebook

 

Dead Things PT II – Skye Wallace (Vancouver) – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

Cannons – Little Scream (Montreal) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

 

OKAY BYE NOW I HAVE TO GO MAKE MY BOYFRIEND’S HEAD CAKE

 

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Folk Thief will steal your heart, and possibly your girlfriend

Have you ever noticed how girls go nuts for guys with guitars? Maybe it’s because we’re obsessed the theory that if he can pluck those strings and make sweet, sweet music, maybe he can do the same to us. Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Dave Hadgkiss aka Folk Thief is one such man. He’s like your best friend’s cool older brother, but you won’t get punched in the arm for having a crush on him (I hope).

Folk Thief began after Hadgkiss took an acoustic breather from playing in Vancouver geek and punk rock bands. Love, Heartache and Oblivion (2010, self-released) is Folk Thief’s first album.

Folk Thief is making the rounds in a tour across Canada and will be playing in a venue near you, accompanied by My Boy Rascal. Catch him tomorrow night at the Freeway Coffeehouse in Hamilton on September 9th, 2011 @ 9PM (pay what you can). He’ll also be playing in Toronto at Supermarket on October 5th, 2011 @ 8:30PM.

Recommended if you need new bedroom music for your sexytime playlist. ‘Nuff said.

MP3: Brand New LoveFolk Thief