Audible/Visual Hoots: Del Bel, Quan Bay, Sarah Feldman & more

Sarah Feldman (Photo: Shannon Stewart)
Sarah Feldman – “Embracing/Accepting”

With every new listen of Sarah Feldman’s “Embracing/Accepting,” a different part stands out: The steadfast plump synth strokes at the song’s beginning, the progressively louder scratchy synth part that around the 1:40 mark creates the most damage, and then how the song dissolves into a drum solo. Oof! Take this one in with open (arms) ears! – Laura Stanley

Del Bel – “Crookshank”

Del Bel is experimenting with a more electronics-based sound this time around, but it still retains the hallmarks of their previous albums: a creepy, cinematic feeling and expressive, mysterious vocals from Lisa Conway. “Crookshank” uses a melodic hook repeating throughout, along with some slick bass and tight drums to make something both terrifying and hypnotic. –Michael Thomas

Loveland – “Lonely Life”

“Lonely Life” is best heard in your parent’s basement as you sit on the couch they’ve had since 1986 (“it’s a perfectly fine couch!”). It’s for crying and feeling sad about your broken heart but not so sad that you don’t want to listen to music that doesn’t have a smoooth r&b beat. For more, listen to Loveland’s EP Chill For You which is out now.  – LS

Quan Bay – “Miss Saigon”

Given the horrific state of affairs almost across the world with regards to immigration and the representation, you’ll likely find some solace in this pretty new single from Toronto’s Quan Bay. “Miss Saigon” is dedicated to Tammy Nguyen’s mother, who came to Canada as a refugee years ago. The song itself draws from soul and fuses it with electro-pop goodness and paints a vivid picture of childhood and how things change over the years. –MT

Wolf Saga – “Keep Dancing”

Although I absolutely refuse to dance in public (don’t make me do it!), I am a firm believer that a crappy day can be alleviated by, as Grey’s Anatomy taught me, dancing it out. Wolf Saga’s “Keep Dancing” is glittery and joyous pop song that embraces the “dance it out” concept while providing you with the music to do just that. Times can be tough but you have to keep on moving. – LS

Compassion Gorilla – “Apocalypse Never”

There is so much going on in this new song that it could take up a review on its own. This five-minute song features swells of horns, frantic ukulele strumming, keys and double-time drums, and the lead vocals manage to keep pace with it all. It’s a rally cry against the absurdity of capitalism, and I get the feeling that this band would feel a kinship with Toronto’s the Holy Gasp. Groovy. –MT

Boyhood – “Drivin'”

Caylie Runciman’s (Boyhood) “Drivin'” a track for those who find solace on the open road. It’s a soft pop-rock track that sounds nice in your headphones but I’m sure will sound even better in your car’s speakers driving around your city like Runciman does in the video for her song. Buckle up. – LS

I M U R – “Swirl”

This is a downtempo electronic track for your downtime. It’s soft and intimate, but ghostly at the same time. As it goes on, it really incorporates the song title into the production, as Jenny Lea’s vocals begin overlapping and, well, swirling. The added stuttering beats threaten to warp the song, but they’re always on the periphery. It’s a nice touch for a song to almost feel like it will explode, but swerve at the last minute. –MT

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