Change is in the Air

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The Darcys announced some big news last night. The group is down two members, and will be continuing as a duo from now on. It hurts my heart a little to hear that part of this decision was influenced by their perceived lack of success because I see them as artists of the highest calibre. The Darcys certainly have a following in their home town, Toronto, and their fans are extremely passionate. Their sound is unique for sure, but anyone who listens will tell you that it’s exceptional which is why they have been able to maintain such a loyal fan base. Their creativity extends beyond their music as well. Even their videos are a work of art. I’ve posted videos of theirs before and I recommend giving them all a solid viewing. It’s clear they put a ton of work in to every one.

I had a chance to see the group in Hamilton at the Casbah in May. I was floored by their performance. These guys exuded talent like I hadn’t seen in ages. They had the honour of being my first solo show experience and it was one that will stick with me forever, so this band holds a special place in my heart. It seems that the remaining members have big ideas in mind for taking the band in a new direction. While I’m sad to hear that the band I love is going through some major changes, I’m looking forward to hearing what they come out with next.

Here’s the song that first made me fall in love with The Darcys, The River:

Full Circle

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Leo Kalyan has the ability to take a bunch of abstract-sounding noises in a blender, mix them together, and create something beautiful. I’m no expert and I can’t quite distinguish all of the elements that make up Full Circle, but I can tell you that I thoroughly enjoy it. I found this song in a late-night haze a few days ago and immediately forgot all about it until it popped up on my gym playlist yesterday. I’m pretty sure I said “Woah” out loud because I was that impressed. Embarrassment aside, my outburst goes to show how unique this song is and how great it feels to be wowed by something new. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of that feeling.

Hayden James

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Every once in a while a new artist comes along that changes the game. For me, Chet Faker started a wave of obsession for guys with amazing, soulful voices creating these chill yet dancey electronic tunes that don’t miss a beat when it comes to vocals. I can’t get enough of this combination of amazing production, strong vocals and beats I could lose myself in. Hayden James is the newest on my radar and he does not disappoint. I’m downright addicted to Something About You. Hayden, keep ‘em coming.

I Can’t Pretend

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Mondays can be rough and that’s news to no one. Today’s tune takes me away from those hectic Monday blues and in to a sea of sweet, dreamy goodness. It comes to you from The Drums, who have been pumping out hits since the summer off of their new album, Encyclopedia. This one is called I Can’t Pretend. Despite some depressing lyrics that perfectly describe the love lives of just about every 20-something I know, the melody will take you away.

Whilk and Misky

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I love it when a song makes me question what the fuck I just heard, because then I go back and listen to it about five more times. That’s how you get a music junkie such as myself hooked. Hearing something new and exciting is like the big score, and Love Lost is it. Whilk and Misky have created something totally unique. The production is amazing and the vocals are on point. I think I heard a bit of Chet Faker influence in there which is perfect because I can’t even put in to words how addicted I am to that guy. I can’t wait to check out the rest of Whilk and Misky’s upcoming EP, The Last Sip. I have a feeling it’s going to be a trip.

The video looks somewhat like an old western on acid, mixed with the creepy boat scene in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, yet somehow it fits the song perfectly. It’s so odd that you just can’t look away. This is the type of video that sticks. I think these guys are on to something.

Pink Feathers does it again

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Pink Feathers just released her debut EP, Invisible Lines, and it certainly has not disappointed. The EP is amazing for those days when you need a little mood boost because the poppy, upbeat sounds make it a challenge not to grin from ear to ear. My favourite track so far has to be The Feeling’s Gone. Liz Anjos’ bubbly and sweet vocals are complimented perfectly by SPEAK, giving the track a little more grit. Also, I’d be lying if I said the combination didn’t seem a little sweeter because of the memories recalled from their recent stop in Toronto.

Great Good Fine Ok

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The name says it all. Today was not a bad day. Things have started to look up after a particularly rough weekend. It’s important to remember what really matters, and sometimes I need a little assistance telling myself to move along with life and get over it. I know that if I were to look back on these past few days a couple of years from now I will laugh at my ridiculousness and thank jeebus I’ve grown up. I’m 23 now, and I need to learn the difference between these moments and the moments that will shape me; however, it’s definitely easier said than done. A fun little tune like Great Good Fine Ok’s By My Side is exactly what I need to remind myself to be optimistic and focus on how fun it is to be my age and essentially responsibility-free. The dancey, 80’s vibe just does it for me.

Weekend Recovery

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This weekend was certainly as crazy as anticipated, if not more. It cost me my phone, too much money, my favourite coat and a shred or two of my dignity. I say “never again,” but if I’m being honest I know this won’t be the last time I get a little wild. I suppose it’s all a part of growing up. Making resolutions and taking time to reflect is the easy part. Physical and emotional recovery are a tad more difficult.

Obviously, music has played quite the role in my recovery from this past weekend. One song that was the perfect mood and pace comes to us again from the amazing FKA Twigs. She managed to crack Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of 2014, so it’s no doubt she’s been making waves. She has a totally unique sound that I’d describe as sultry, moody, soulful R&B with a dash of indie electronica. It’s not easy to describe because she’s in a genre pretty much all on her own, and anything groundbreaking is sure to cause a stir. Pendulum is a perfect example of the amazing things she is capable of. It struck the right chords with me these past few days, and I’m looking forward to hearing what else she has to offer.

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