Audible/Visual Hoots: Louise Burns, L CON, Benjamin Muñoz & more

Nords – “Yeah…The Math Checks Out

Nords’ “Yeah…The Math Checks Out” – the first track from their new EP Bonfire – buzzes with an energetic anxiety. The track roams between poppy guitar riffs, hushed moments of uncertainty, and riotous gang vocals. At the end of the song, the band comes together to ask, “did we do it alright?” (they do!) and then dissolve the track with their contagious high-energy rock sound. Nords’ EP is worth a spin but I’m sad to read that the band is no more! – Laura Stanley

DAVIDS – “Crown of Burrs”

The latest from DAVIDS is described as the first song the group has decided to “really” sing, although yelled lyrics would have also fit well in this very dark synth-pop song that feels like it’ll burst if any more layers of synth are added on top. The song hits you hard throughout, with the briefest break in the middle before it pulls out a cool guitar solo overtop the synth madness. Be on the lookout for the new DAVIDS 0017EP, out soon. –Michael Thomas

Louise Burns – “Who’s The Madman”

Louise Burns’ new album Young Mopes is part of what I’m listening to as the warmer weather finally rolls in. The album’s opening track “Who’s The Madman” is a glistening 80s-inspired number about trying to achieve your dreams while also combatting fears of failure. In the song’s (unnerving) video, Burns plays a vampire who gets sucked into a bizzaro tv world…because that’s a legitimate fear to have too! – LS

L CON – “How Much Shall We Bet?”

One of the best Canadian albums of 2016 produced “How Much Shall We Bet?,” a song that frequently asks “Are you happy?” That’s the impetus for this creative new video directed by Chantale Renee and animated by Grand Channion Animation. We follow a little guy (creature?) and his sad little apartment. He seems to not have found his purpose in life yet, as he continually pivots between making food, watching TV, and staring wistfully out the window. In a way, isn’t that all of us? –MT

Awenda Provincial Park – “dancing with you”

I’d rather dance than talk with you“. How our bodies move together, softly and in fluid motions, is a better representation of our love than my words. The sun comes through the kitchen window and alights your already glowing face: your freckles look like cassiopeia. – LS

Alexia Avina – “if i’m the one that you need”

There’s a beautiful symmetry to the song and music video from Avina’s Surrender EP. The song, which uses just the seven words of the title as lyrics, pairs nicely with the serene setting and bright colours of the video. As Avina’s gentle vocals layer on top of each other over some tender guitar, it brings to mind the feel-good spirituality of Un Blonde, and anything that can make me feel as relaxed and at peace as Un Blonde is aces in my book. Catch Avina’s split EP release show with Desert Bloom on April 12 in Montreal.  – MT

Modlee – “From Time”

“I love me enough for the both of us,” Modlee croons in “From Time.” It’s a track that’s mournful but confident, smooth but warped. It’s a kaleidoscope of moods and completely enthralling. – LS

Benjamin Muñoz – “Melle”

When we last checked on Muñoz, he was impressing us with the varied sounds of Dear Ennui. He’s now set to release an EP on the UK’s Push & Run label, and “Melle” shows that hasn’t lost his quirky touch. The song feels like it’s walking on eggshells, with tinkering beats, voice samples, little percussive tips and vocals reminiscent of Caribou. Consider me pumped for his full EP. –MT

Pony – “Alone Tonight”

I recently laughed a lot at a tweet that read: “shoutout everybody alone as fuck in ur bedroom w the lights off listening to music on this lame ass beautiful friday night life is precious”. It’s so flippant and so poignant! PONY’s playful pop-punk track “Alone Tonight,” an ode to spending time by yourself, reminds me of this tweet. So tonight, hang out with yourself, and throw on PONY’s latest. – LS

Akage No Anne – “Noise”

Akage No Anne’s periodic releases are always a fun, and the biggest surprise in “Noise” is its length: well over six minutes. It’s a leisurely trip through electronics, guitars, loops and the occasional vocals. “When it’s too hot to cool off, I fall for you” is a strangely poignant line that leaves open so many interpretations, just as you can project all the insight you wish into this big soundscape. –MT

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