Audible/Visual Hoots: Bridal Party, MOR, Valois & more

Bridal Party – “Fruitless”

Bridal Party’s latest release Negative Space muses on the emotional distance between us all. In his review, Michael had this to say about the opening track, “Fruitless”: “If you’ve ever worked retail, you’ll encounter swaths of people every day and occasionally learn about their lives, but most will come and go. You’ll never see them or know them again.” The video for “Fruitless,” with its incredibly relatable refrain, “I can’t love anyone in this economy,” perfectly aligns with Michael’s interpretation of the song. We track band members’ night shifts at a corner store, see the clientele who visit, and all the shenanigans that unfold until it’s finally quitting time. – Laura Stanley

Tambour – “Silhouettes”

From Tambour’s languid and ethereal composition “Silhouettes”, Vincent René-Lortie’s breathtaking short film is born. The track is careful and almost minimal as images of two dreamlike young women swing through the woods — mystical to us and at times to each other. As the piece progresses, the action becomes tense and explodes in a tightly choreographed balletic frolic. Though it draws from the stuff of dreams, the themes and images of “Silhouettes” won’t be quick to leave your memory.  – Kaitlin Ruether

Ty – “Facetime Me”

Calling someone (or longing for someone to call you) is common in songs. More recently, texting has crept its way into songs but this is the first time I’ve heard Facetime mentioned.  On this downtempo, stuttering r&b track Ty (Brampton’s Tyresha Bailey Davis) misses someone so badly that texting simply won’t do and so she pleads for her lover to Facetime her. It’s a tender tune about love in the digital age. – LS

Valois – “The River”

It is the task of a river to flow between points, and Valois’ “The River” is no exception. The synth lines and catchy verses could come straight from an underground 80s synth pop jam, but the track is inextricably millennial in its optimism. Continuing the duality, the video for the track juxtaposes a house party featuring live music and bright colours with the white light of the next morning through the view of a window, creating a space where each experience can coexist. – KR

Tree Speak – Feeling Weird 

Do you ever wake up and feel off? Not off as in sick but off as in you forgot to do something and you’re feeling quite anxious for an unknown reason. Tree Speak know that feeling but instead of ruminating on their off-ness, they’ve turned it into a song aptly title, “Feeling Weird.” It’s a quick little pop tune (under two minutes) that’s tinged with regret – “I need to listen better” sings Josh Horner to end the song. “Feeling Weird” effortless rolls right into b-side “In the Zone,” an equally catchy hit about how freeing it is to put your phone down. Throw these two songs on and then go for a walk (sans phone). – LS

MOR – “Weather”

MOR isn’t interested in surface-level connections. She wants something real, something from “whatever’s left inside”. This love for the genuine is mirrored in the video for the upbeat and glossy “Weather”. The camera tracks backwards as we watch MOR stride around Toronto, soon to be joined by a cast of jubilant people who dance through the sunny streets. In an ending that works as humorous and thematic, the dancers peel off and the connection is missed by MOR, who senses the change, but continues on her way.  – KR

Emily Kohne – “Our Favourite Year”

“You give me sunshine and butterflies even on the rainiest days.” Now that’s a sweet line! The rest of “Our Favourite Year,” a new song from Thunder Bay’s Emily Kohne, is equally sweet.  It’s a boppy, jazzy, folk song that’s elegant and timeless and makes my cold heart a little less chilly. – LS

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