We Draw A

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We Draw A are a Polish electro-pop duo signed to local independent label Brennnessel Records since 2013. They craft catchy, simplistic indie anthems washed in bright waves of synth, pumping bass lines and driving 4-on-the-floor beats all held together with  gorgeous falsetto vocal work. The kind of stuff you’d want to accompany a sunset gazing session in a lawn chair recliner with your bare feet pulling idly at the grass.

Just getting warmed up, We Draw A have released 2 enjoyable EPs, “Glimpse” and “Whirls”, and a few remixes – all currently available for free download on their Soundcloud page (https://soundcloud.com/we-draw-a/). Get em while supplies last!

Favourite track: Tears From The Sun (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl0_rbmDgTM)… Lazily day dreaming of dance moves.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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Ahhh whatever I’ll just go for it. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is J-pop superstar Kiriko Takemura hailing from the Harajuku district of Tokyo, the epicenter of anime, manga and counterculture Japan. She’s been a guilty pleasure for a few years now, but I can no longer contain my fascination so I’ll just claim it. Discovered originally through a modeling career, she was recruited by Yasutaka Nakata, a prolific producer and mastermind behind multiple quintessential J-pop projects including Perfume (also catchy as a cold – try “Polyrhythm” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PrYKtahrWU ) and his own 2-piece band Capsule. However, Kyary is much more than simply the executor of the will; rather, she’s a kick-ass performer, with a beautiful (albeit processed) voice and an unabashed believer in purist expression. She embodies the artistic insanity of modern pop, without the pretentious ridiculousness of stereotypical pop star egocentric demeanor. She sings in Japanese, interviews in Japanese, and represents her quirky Japanese subculture as is, no matter the audience. In this sincerity and humility she delivers an incredibly entertaining and endearing product. Resultant from her brilliance is a growing cross-pollination of interest in North America, gaining momentum and influence amidst the giants of pop. Combining sounds of 8-bit video game samples, techno blast beat drum fills and hundreds of 18k gold synth mods, she is a princess of white light apportioned into a rainbow spectrum of sounds emanating from the pulsing heart of Japan.

Since exploding into the scene, Kyary has released around 20 irresistibly catchy songs dispersed over her 4 albums. I’ll be the first to admit, sitting through an entire Kyary album start finish is like trying to eat a your weight in skittles and wash it down with a Double Gulp slurpee. She’s the dessert of my music life – perfect for 3-5 sensation-blasting treats. Her singles are especially remarkable, with the crucial accompaniment of sensory-overload, seizure-threshold eye candy music videos.

Favourite Tracks:
“Candy Candy” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoK8DaJRDaM),
“PONPONPON” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzC4hFK5P3g),
“Ninjari Ban Ban” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teMdjJ3w9iM),
“Kira Kira Killer” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN2Lk-wb1dg), &
“Yumeno Hajima Ring Ring” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN2Lk-wb1dg).
Then go ask your doctor for a 32 gauge needle and about 12-15 units of short-acting insulin.

Land of Talk

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Land of Talk are (were?) a 3-piece indie rock band from Montreal. Fronted by powerhouse siren Elizabeth Powell as the principle songwriter, singer and guitarist, they are a a true darkhorse of the Canadian music scene. With vocal and guitar work that trades buddy-blows with the likes of Feist, Powell boasts a bit more scratch and bite, dropping cuss words and bitter comebacks and ending the majority of her phrases with an exclamation mark. She has incredible talent, combining intricate guitar work, body-slamming patterns, and a deliciously crunchy tone. Powell unapologetically forfeits niceties and propriety to deliver a true, raw representation of what’s on her mind, and the resulting product is the hubris and conviction that constitutes impacting, emotional music.

The essence of Land of Talk can be boiled down to their 3 essential releases: killer debut 2006 EP “Applause Cheer Boo Hiss”, follow-up 2008 LP “Some Are Lakes”, and 2010’s amazing “Cloak and Cipher” album. Despite their moniker, there has been naught a peep from their neck of the woods, save for a rather depressing classifieds entry from Powell hocking her beautiful-sounding amp. Powell has reportedly had ongoing vocal chord issues from screaming herself pathologically hoarse, so perhaps there’s a gestating monologue or two making its voyage out of the Land of Talk.

Favourite track: Swift Coin (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C17MfVoMtZA)… Shred nasty