Helena Deland – Claudion – Audio

The Canadian triphop project Helena Deland will be releasing the EP From the Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol. III & IV on the 19th of October.

Helena Deland

Helena Deland

The first track to surface from the five track release (which is available on bandcamp) is the penultimate Claudion.

With a softer brush than the preceding EP From the Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol. I & II, Claudion, foretells of an EP laced in gossamer drifting on a breeze, taking the listener from the busy main-floor to ambient backwaters in which to free the mind.

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Cursed Arrows – Near Death Daydream – Audio

The Canadian alt-folk trio Cursed Arrows release the LP Rebirth on the 10th of August.

Cursed Arrows

Cursed Arrows

Those who know the band may be scratching their heads wondering about this trio mentioned being more au fait with the duo – of Jackie and Ryan Stanley. Scott Gray has more recently joined them as a full-time fixture. Equally they will find the roughly thirty nine minutes, ten tracks, of Rebirth (available on bandcamp) of different flavour as Cursed Arrows reveal a more intimate and self-examining exposé in a mesmerising thread of songs than their more familiar forthright rock derived compositions.

This is most certainly an album that needs to be heard in its entirety to fully appreciate its stunning tender beauty and I would suggest, both those who know the band and those who don’t, to add the album to the playlist ‘moments of self-reflection’ on its release.

At present, I am only given the option of sharing a particular song – the opener Near Death Dayream – which although not, in my view the highlight of the LP as it is not of the central tenet of the release – does extract a sense of the songs to follow.

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La Force – Ready To Run – Audio

The Canadian synthwave project of Ariel Engle – La Force – will be releasing the eponymous LP on the 7th of September.

La Force

La Force

A nine track album of entrancing spectral weave which captivates the listener who becomes enveloped in the silken thread as it drifts calmly through the ears in soft dreamy focus.



The LP release is being supported by a trans-continental tour

SEP 4 TUE Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
SEP 5 WED L’Olympia – Paris, France
SEP 9 SUN Coliseu De Lisboa – Lisbon, Portugal
SEP 19 WED The 27 Club – Ottawa, Canada
SEP 21 FRI Centre Phi – Montréal, Canada
SEP 22 SAT Boquébière – Sherbrooke, Canada
SEP 23 SUN L’anti Bar & Spectacles – Ville De Québec, Canada
OCT 10 WED Mercury Lounge – New York, NY, United States
OCT 12 FRI Ortlieb’s – Philadelphia, PA, United States

The third song on the album is Ready To Run.

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Jay Draper & The Subterraneans – Land Of Anxiety – Audio

On the 14th the Canadian electro-rock duo Jay Draper & The Subterraneans released the AA side single Inside Out / Land Of Anxiety.

Jay Draper & The Subterraneans - photo credit - Tyrone Islington

Jay Draper & The Subterraneans – photo credit – Tyrone Islington

There is a depressive sadness to the music which is difficult to specifically identify, though nonetheless the thread holding the two tracks central fulcrum giving the material an almost fatalistic air of hopeless despondency.

This dour mood stands as a stark contrast to the expansive compositional range of the tracks, particularly in my pick of the release Land Of Anxiety, which is laced with soaring gothic arches of synthesis and voice. On listening to the roughly eight and three quarters minutes of the two songs (available on bandcamp) don’t expect a catharsis as, in this release, Jay Draper & The Subterraneans are not attempting to shine a candle out of a dark tunnel, rather reflect of dark, ominous, entrapment.

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Mount Mural – The Greenest Compass – Audio

The Canadian slogaze quartet Mount Mural released their début EP There Is a Better Place today.

Mount Mural

Mount Mural

A four track release (available on bandcamp) of softly pressed songs that mind of ambient uplighting as it fills the room with gently swaying compositions that rest easily on the ears. though, far from being background noise at a shopping precinct. The quartet are able to create music that seeps in to the marrow of the listener with its luxurious warming texturing.

Despite, or perhaps because of, the calm focus of the music these are a quartet who are fast out of the starting blocks,  having only really got themselves going in the past couple of months, already have the EP, my pick of which is the opener The Greenest Compass, along with securing live performance slots.

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