The Toronto-based trio, Beliefs, made a big splash late last week with the video for “Catch My Breath” a single b/w “Violets.” The pair of songs are an interesting contrast with “Catch My Breath” sounding like some descendant of the Jesus and Mary Chain, while the b-side tones down the drone and loses itself in some shoegaze-induced reverie. The single was released on December 11 via No Pain In Pop/Manimal/Hand Drawn Dracula. Their self-titled debut is out 5 March 2013.
“Catch My Breath”
Watch – “Catch My Breath”
Amor De Dias – “Jean’s Waving”
from The House At Sea
out 29 January 2013 on Merge
My current “jam” flourishes under the capable hands of Alasdair MacLean of the Clientele and Lupe Núñez-Fernández of Pipas. The House At Sea will be their second release.
Divine Fits – “Would That Not Be Nice” (RJD2 remix)
originally appearing on A Thing Called Divine Fits
released 28 August 2012 on Merge
Britt, Dan, Sam and Alex just hanging out, you know doing what musicians do. “Yeah, we’re no supergroup… It’s just a quality hang, you know?”
Ducktails – “Letter of Intent”
from The Flower Lane
out 29 January 2013 on Domino
Here’s another track that’s been burning up my ears lately. Ducktails was originally a solo project of Matt Mondanile (Real Estate), but he’s enlisted some help for the LP. For those expecting a jangle-surf sound, be prepared. “Letter of Intent” gleefully straddles the electro pop-chillwave line. Jessa Farkas (Future Shuttle) provides the lead on vocals.
Loor A Los Heroes – “Dog & Bone”
from Forever (EP)
Young jangle poppers from Manchester (UK) will make you shimmy and shake to this happy single.
Indoor Voices – “So Smart”
from Indoor Voices (EP)
released 22 October 2012 on Bleeding Gold
Indoor Voices is out of Toronto, and led by Jonathan Relph. Their sound is marked by atmospheric post rock that makes liberal use of synths and effects on vocals and guitars. “So Smart” is a hazy pop song of sorts that grabs you with steady rhythm and looped synth and guitar parts. In addition to the self-titled EP, Bleeding Gold Records has released the single with several remixes, check that out here. This video appeals to the dreamy feel of this song using, clever camera work and editing. Video directed by Scott Kaija and Jonathan Relph.