Audible/Visual Hoots: Mike Edel, Kappa Chow, Slow Leaves, and more

Still from The Nursery's "She Speaks the Wave" video
Still from The Nursery’s “She Speaks the Wave” video

Kappa Chow – “JUMP”

The newest single from Sackville, New Brunswick’s Kappa Chow feels like the advice your best friend may tell you. A little rough around the edges but still very amusing and filled with love. Kappa Chow’s brand of hazy, garage, pop-punk (and probably a whole bunch of other genre classifications) is reflected in their fun yet scattered DIY video. Layering various images and outdoorsy shots with a hovering mouth singing the words, it has a similarly hazy feel.

With the standout lines, “you’re always telling me what to do. Thinking I would do anything for you. Well, I will tell you that just ain’t true. I’m through jumping hoops for you,” Kappa Chow reminds us that getting out of an unworthy relationship can be oh so freeing.

The Nursery – “She Speaks The Wave” 

Underneath a very symbolic stop-motion/time lapsed video, The Nursery have a catchy new song in “She Speaks The Wave.” While the song’s upbeat tempo and poppy melody charge the song ahead, additional electronic elements throw it from its straight forward trajectory. The band writes that the video “explore notions of temporarily and ephemerality. Images of degradation and destruction are juxtaposed with rebirth and reconstruction in tranquil colour palettes…” All that aside, it’s just cool to watch.

Mike Edel – “East Shore/West Shore” 

It feels like it has been way too long since hearing new music from Mike Edel. One of my (Laura’s) first reviews (yikes!) for the blog was Mike Edel’s album The Last of Our Mountains, a recording that I am still drawn to. Edel’s “East Shore/West Shore” is a beautiful song that hopes to bridge the distance between two lovers. Recorded on 16 mm film in 1 take, the live video for “East Shore/West Shore,” like its song, is warm and filled with sincerity. The video also reveals that a new record India/Seattle will be out soon.

Slow Leaves – “Rearview” 

Grant Davidson (Slow Leaves)’s record Beauty is so Common is one that crept up on me last year. Its folk-country mix paired with Davidson’s rich vocals are inviting despite the album’s melancholic content. The video for the album closer “Rearview” finds Davidson trekking through snow to hang mirrors in the forest in an effort to forget the past.  Shot in black and white for an extra emotional touch, “Rearview,” both the song and the video, is a saddening tale.

TIO – “A Simple Way”

Though the mysterious Toronto group’s last single was airy and fleeting, TIO firmly plants itself into electronic music with the somewhat creepy video for their second single. Dark sounds, laser-sharp synths and expressive vocals make the song solid yet shadowy, as we follow splotches of colour and a mysterious character who starts off made-up but slowly unravels as the song moves along.

Girl Meets Bear – “Ignore”

You won’t want to ignore this one (sorry). A brief swirling of synths eases this listener into this highly danceable number from this Toronto duo. The fuzzy guitar and 80s synth make it a lot of fun as vocalist Rebecca Emms sings about the lover that just can’t make up his mind. “You’ve got one foot in the casket, the other at my door” is a particularly jarring line, before leading into the hooky chorus: “You only wanted something you can ignore.”

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