DJDS, the Los Angeles dance-production duo who used to record as DJ Dodger Stadium, were still an underground phenomenon when they released their great 2014 debut album Friend Of Mine. Since then, they’ve worked with Kanye West on The Life Of Pablo, inked a major-label deal, and changed their name to something that won’t … More »
The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie died this month after a battle with brain cancer. After his diagnosis, he continued to be wildly productive, with the Hip releasing one final album and completing an emotional farewell tour. That final spell of creativity also included a solo album called Introduce Yerself produced by Broken Social … More »
I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »
Last year, Gord Downie, longtime frontman for beloved Canadian rock institution the Tragically Hip, announced that he is suffering from terminal brain cancer. He and his band headed out on a final tour, playing shows that were reportedly emotionally cathartic experiences for everyone involved. And while Downie isn’t performing anymore, he’s still using … More »
Broken Social Scene returned from a seven year hiatus with a new album called Hug Of Thunder earlier this year. “Skyline” was one of the singles, and today the band debuted a video for the song directed by Kevin Drew. The visual follows Brendan and Dimitri Karakostas as they act out a story … More »
After seven years away, Broken Social Scene have returned with Hug Of Thunder, an album that’s a galvanizing reminder of the strength of the Toronto indie-rock scene. In fact, there’s been a lot of music this year that has served as a reminder of the longevity and potency of the ragtag crew that ushered in … More »
Much like the playlist they crafted for us, Analog Candle’s EP, out tomorrow but streaming above for your listening pleasure, is a finely tuned collection of sonic variety, subtle movements and eclectic inspiration. Boasting an understated emotional punch on all four of Winter ’15’s tracks, Analog Candle have delivered something that burns slowly, the tempo and melody worming their way into your brain so delicately that you’re lulled into submission without even realizing.
Enjoy the EP above, and get a better idea of how they built their sound with the playlist below!
Xiu Xiu – Crank Heart
Through deft sound manipulation and obscure lyrical themes, “Crank Heart” is the anthem for a nervous breakdown in experimental pop song form. The drum programming and frantic choruses influenced the aesthetic we created with “Pillow Fight” – layered electronics, a somewhat claustrophobic atmosphere, and strange lyrics.
Portishead – Deep Water
Portishead’s most minimal song, “Deep Water” is also perhaps their most beautiful. The folksy ukulele progression and metaphorical lyrics are piercingly honest and instantly captivating. “Scarlett’s Web,” built around a simple acoustic guitar progression and vocal melody, was created with a similar song structure in mind.
Broken Social Scene – Swimmers
Broken Social Scene achieved the pinnacle of early 2000’s indie pop greatness with “Swimmers” (featuring Emily Haines from Metric), and the track production is equally as notable as the composition itself. A similar use of unconventional vocal panning and layering is featured on our songs “Trier” and “Space Dreams of You Too.”
Julianna Barwick – Vow
Julianna Barwick is the most talented artist working in ambient music today, and “Vow” exemplifies her mastery of vocal harmonization and sequence looping. A saccharine, optimistic song, its vivd sense of nostalgia influenced the (more pessimistic) drone section during the second half of “Scarlett’s Web.”
Kevin Drew – Broke Me Up
Honest lyrics and beautiful instrument arrangements make ‘Broke Me Up’ one of Kevin Drew’s catchiest and most notable solo efforts. Maintaining the trademark Broken Social Scene sense of atmospherical strangeness, the stereo image balance between instruments influenced our approach to the “Space Dreams of You Too” arrangement.
Tearjerker – Mind
On “Mind,” Tearjerker use elements of grunge and shoe-gazing to create a hypnotic, reflective song. During the distorted section of “Space Dreams of You Too,” we wanted to evoke a similar aesthetic of a simple, reverberant, and melodic vocal harmony over heavily distorted guitars.
Life Without Buildings – The Leanover
Life Without Buildings, having only released one debut album, were a groundbreaking band. Labelled generally as a math rock group, its Sue Tompkins’ spoken word (and sometimes improvised) delivery of her lyrics that set them apart from any band before or after. Segments of her poetic lyrics inspired those featured on “Pillow Fight” in particular.
Mew – Silas The Magic Car
Beautifully composed and produced, “Silas The Magic Car” is a melancholy pop song that seems to reflect on a deeply personal relationship. Expansive in a different type of way than many of Mew’s guitar heavy songs, the song is somewhat uplifting, and the introspective lyrical content has a similar aesthetic to that of “Trier.”
Sleater Kinney – Modern Girl
Even without a bassist, Sleater Kinney were always a band that could sound massive, and “Modern Girl” takes it up a notch over the course of the song. The use of tape/preamp saturation on the harmonica, vocals, and drums, helped form engineering processes across our EP – notably on the vocals of “Trier.”
The National – Blank Slate
Matt Berninger’s lyrics in early The National music maintained the same level of self-reflection as the later material, but were notably more obscure, poetic, and absurd. The lyrics of “Blank Slate” exemplify those traits, and paired with its catchy vocal melodies, this song has inspired much of our approach to vocals (especially on “Pillow Fight.”)