FRANKIIE – “Glory Me”
FRANKIIE’s “Glory Me” is a celebration of uncertainty. The Vancouver band’s new track, from their forthcoming debut LP due out later this year, has downcast, sing-speak verses about those dreadful moments when you realize that you and everyone you know will be dead one day and you’re overwhelmed with uncertainty over what comes next. But the chorus of “Glory Me,” although its lyrics are equally uncertain, sounds encouraging and bright, a retro-rock vibe, and you temporarily forget your fears and resolve to enjoy the present instead.
Guilt Trap – “PSA”
Vancouver band Guilt Trap’s “PSA” clocks in at under two minutes which is pretty much the run time for public service announcements – long enough to scare children and teens but not too long otherwise you will lose their attention.”PSA” is a flash of math-rock about being the nagging party in a relationship that probably isn’t a healthy one but you’re sticking it out anyway. Watch out for the band’s debut EP coming out next month.
The Day Dreamers – “Colours”
Toronto has been having its first real taste of spring this week. The days are warmer and the sun is shining and seemingly everybody is outside and happy. So when The Day Dreamers’ lead singer Ali Kouri sings, “You taste like Spring, remember this,” in the band’s new track “Colours”, I can’t help but smile. Like all of us running outside to spend time with friends, “Colours,” a textured folk-pop tune, is about being present and hoping that good people in your life will hang around as the seasons change.
MSEA – “Sex Self”
On “Sex Self,” MSEA, a Toronto born, Reykjavík-based experimental artist, is an explorer. In her lyrics, she explores her inner psyche (“are my thoughts even my own?” she asks to start off the track) and the disconnect between her body and sensuality while instrumentally she plays with textures – crunchy, shiny, smooth – and ventures into otherworldly sonic territories.
Fainting – “why can’t things be like they used to be”
“why can’t things be like they used to be,” the opening track of Fainting’s EP released earlier this year, starts off coated in a sweet nostalgia. It begins with gentle reminiscing, like biking through a neighbourhood you used to live in. Around the four minute mark, the coating of sweet nostalgia breaks open and all of the pent-up frustration and sadness is let loose into a full-blown emo song that will make you feel, ironically, nostalgic.
Titelaine – “Brume”
There’s so much to consume on Titelaine’s debut single, “Brume.” The song flickers between a muted pulsing beat and an explosion of sounds – there’s something new to latch onto in each listen. It’s slick electro-pop ripe for your late night moodiness.
Slurry – Given/Soso
The twenty-something year old angst within Toronto band Slurry’s two tracks “Given” and “Soso” is delicious. “Given” is a shaking, quickly delivered rock track about how tough city living can be. I love the exchanges between Rachel Bellone and Steven Lourenço throughout the track including, “‘Nice hang-time, where’s yr landing?’ ‘Just west of the Skydome in assigned seating.'” “Soso,” another angular track ripe with guitar and vocal outbursts, is also jagged with discontentment. Bonus goodness: both tracks are available for name-your-price on Bandcamp but all proceeds from album sales will go directly to Sistering, a not-for-profit agency serving Toronto’s most vulnerable women, homeless or precariously housed.