By: Juliette Jagger (@juliettejagger)
Song: “Army Dreamers”
Norwegian artist Moddi (real name Pål Moddi Knutsen) has just released a chilling re-imagination of Kate Bush’s 1980 track “Army Dreamers” that sees him inching ever closer to becoming the protest poet of the next generation.
Thematically, the song is immediately at home among the 12 tracks that comprised Moddi’s previous critically acclaimed album, Unsongs, which featured 12 tracks from 12 different counties that have, at one point or another, been banned or suppressed. As such, “Army Dreamers” was deemed “inappropriate for airplay” on the BBC following the first Gulf War.
Album/EP: Sheer Blouse Buffalo Knocks
Calgary, Alberta Aboriginal avant-garde collective Ghostkeeper have returned with a chilling new single entitled, “Oceans.” The track, which blends throwback lo-fi indie rock vibes with traditional pow-wow beats, is the band’s first offering off of their brand new album, Sheer Blouse Buffalo Knocks, and is an extension of the dystopian narrative laid out on last year’s Sheer Buffalo EP.
Artist: Bass Lions
Song: “Dynamite Quartz”
Kitchener quartet Bass Lions are set to release a brand new EP of modern adaptations of classical music by Bach and Holst. The record, which will drop April 21st, will also feature a collaborative arrangement of this jangly, obtuse little gem (no pun intended) with members and associates of the KW Symphony Orchestra. Check it out below.
Artist: Skye Steele
Song: “Back In The Valley”
Album/EP: All That Light
Off of his forthcoming album, All That Light, which is due out on May 26th via HouseTown, “Back In The Valley” from Skye Steele fuses his signature violin-based folk-art sound with 808’s and shimmering synths for the kind of track that oozes hope and seems to swirl wildly across the night sky.
Artist: Paddle To The Sea
Song: “Arrow Song”
From Montreal-based Nu-gaze trio, Paddle To The Sea, “Arrow Song” pairs the sort of drudgey, punched-up power-punk you’d expect from a GOB song with the doom and gloom of classic Ian Curtis.
You can catch these guys during their CMW showcase at The Bovine April 18th.