Story by Ashley Lewis
The Flowers of Hell
Tonight, The Flowers of Hell are holding a launch party at the Tranzac in Toronto for their upcoming album ODES. This will be their fourth album and first ever orchestral pop cover record. The band is based out of Toronto and London with 16 or so musicians composing the orch-pop group.
This video is The Flowers of Hell’s version of Joy Division’s “Atomosphere”, bringing to life her Unknown Pleasure’s album cover which featured electromagnetic pulses. Although the entire video just features moving white lines representing the pulses, it has an alluring effect that is oddly relaxing.
ODES is being released October 2
The Soft Pack ”Tallboy”
The new single “Tallboy” from The Soft Pack describes the life of a person trying to shake an addiction. The subtle horn presence is what really breathes life into this song.
The Soft Pack’s new album, Strapped, is being released September 25 and currently these LA-based boys are on tour. They’ll be stopping in Toronto and playing at the Garrison on October 9.
Miu Miu – The Women’s Tales #4 “It’s Getting Late”
Miu Miu produced a fashion short that brilliantly incorporated Zola Jesus’ “Ixode” and “Vessels”. The video, directed by Massy Tadjedin, shows the individual lives of four different women and how they transform when getting ready for an evening out. The video is supposed to deliver the idea that fashion is not just clothing but an actual attitude, an excitement and an outlook that expresses a person.
Flying Lotus – “Putty Boy Strut”
The animated video for Flying Lotus’ new single “Putty Boy Strut” appears to interpret the food chain using robots. The end of the video shows how something large and destructive can ultimately be the creation of another life.
Flying Lotus’ new album, Until the Quiet Comes, is out October 2.
Mac DeMarco ”Freaking Out The Neighbourhood”
Mac DeMarco just released his debut 12″ Rock and Roll Night Club in the spring. Now a short six months later he’s releasing his LP, 2, on October 16.
His latest single, “Freaking out the Neighbourhood,” is an apology to his mother (and possibly other loved ones) for his behaviour while promoting his 12″ last spring. The electric guitar is the defining feature of this song giving the track a traditional beach groove.
Rush Midnight “The Night Was Young Enough”
Rush Midnight’s new video “The Night Was Young Enough” has a retro, disco vibe using infrared and strobe lighting to showcase the video. The premise of the video is slightly lost on me but there’s not much you need to know other than there’s a dance studio full of women who are half dressed, dancing and stretching.
Rush Midnight’s EP, +1, drops October 30.
Chelsea Wolfe – “Appalachia”
Chelsea Wolfe’s new album Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs drops October 16 but in the meantime she is sharing her new single “Appalachia” with fans. The song has an eerie folk melody that oddly sounds like the music from the Showtime favourite, Dexter.