📹 Partner – ‘Big Gay Hands’

Toronto alt-rock duo Partner is the work of two best friends, Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. We recently came across the first song (and video) from their upcoming effort, Never Give Up and to say we like what we hear would be the understatement of the month. Now, it’s time to share it with you.

Check out Big Gay Hands in the embed below and prepare yourself for a rock n’ roll journey like no other … with hand puppets! And, while you’re at it, hit up their socials for more leading up to the release. Never Give Up drops November 20th.

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🎧 PREMIERE: New River Beach – ‘Mystery Tape’

Back in mid-May, we premiered the debut song by Toronto indie-electronic outfit New River Beach called The Right Place. Well, the duo is back with another track, and we couldn’t be happier to be sharing it with you on this Friday morning.

Compared to its predecessor, Mystery Tape is an upbeat number but still maintains that sound we’ve come to appreciate over the last few months; rolling synths and hazy vocals suck you in and before you know it, you’re lost in a trance. It’s an incredibly infectious number that you won’t soon forget.

“We wrote and recorded “Mystery Tape” over the course of a weekend when the world seemed to be imploding. We recorded our vocals in our basement washroom and played our synths into headphones, making our nightly music sessions incognito to our sleeping children. “Mystery Tape” was written to give listeners 3 minutes to put their heads down and dance.”

Now that we have your attention, check out Mystery Tape in the embed below and be sure to hit up their socials for more going forward. Trust us when we say, this is a band you don’t want to sleep on.

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🎧 Gladie – ‘Thank You Card’

Indie-rock outfit Gladie hail from the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We came across their new single recently and this thing has been on heavy rotation ever since. It’s a really infectious number that hits in all the right places.

Check out Thank You Card in the embed, and be sure to hit up their socials for more going forward. And, while you’re at it, listen to their awesome Weakerthans cover here.

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🎧 TBT: Wolf Parade – ‘Dear Sons And Daughters Of Hungry Ghosts’ (2005)

Montreal indie-rock veterans Wolf Parade are a huge part of the Canadian musical landscape. Over the years they’ve released some exceptional records and one in particular really sticks out for us, Apologies To The Queen Mary. Having turned fifteen recently, it only seems fitting that we grace you with our favourite album track, Dear Sons And Daughters Of Hungry Ghosts.

Take a trip down memory lane in the embed below and be sure to hit up the band over on their socials for more. Earlier this year, the boys dropped a stellar new long-player, Thin Mind. You really ought to give it a listen.

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🎧 I Love Your Lifestyle – ‘Shilly-Shally’

Swedish emo-pop-rock outfit I Love Your Lifestyle recently came up on our radar, and we’re certainly glad they did. Their latest single, Shilly-Shally, has been on repeat over the last few days and shows no signs of letting up. Now, it’s time for you to hear what we’re talking about.

Check out the video in the embed below, and be sure to hit the band up over on their socials leading up to the album release. No Driver drops October 26th via Dog Knights and Counter Intuitive.

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📹 LAL – ‘Turn Water Into Blood’

LAL is the moniker of Toronto’s Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray. Just recently, the experimental-electronic duo shared the second single off their upcoming long-player, Meteors Could Come Down. We can’t seem to get enough of this one here at The IM, so now it’s time to share it with you.

“For years, we have been creating and supporting our community of dark magical beings and in turn we also have been supported spiritually and emotionally,” says Kazi. “We are auspicious: those of us who are dismissed and/or feared. The way we try to survive and have survived is through our chosen family. ‘Turn Water into Blood’ is the most rhythmic song on this album and it celebrates the world we have created together.”

Check out the video for Turn Water Into Blood in the embed below, and be sure to hit up their socials for more leading up to the release. The new album drops November 6th via Coax Records.

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📹 ZOON – ‘Brokenhead’

Back in early May, we told you about Canadian and First Nations “mocassin-gaze” musician Daniel Monkman. Since then, he’s released his debut album, and just recently, a new video for the song Brokenhead. Now, it’s time to share it with you.

Check out the video below and be sure to hit up his socials for more going forward. Bleached Wavves is out now on Paper Bag Records.

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🎧 Husbands – ‘Garth’

We came across Oklahoma City indie-pop duo Husbands when they released a collection of b-sides and demos from their latest album, After The Gold Rush Party, back in late May. Well, the boys are back with a new song and now it’s time to share it with you.

“You can’t miss it. First thing you see in Yukon, Oklahoma is the water tower that proudly reads “YUKON: HOME OF GARTH BROOKS.” Danny grew up in this smallish town, cruising Garth Brooks Boulevard, aka, Main Street, USA. This song’s about living in the shadow of greatness, the struggle for some to transcend a small-town mindset, and the sensation of cruising the main drag and feeling mixed emotions of nostalgia, joy, and ennui. Here’s “Garth,” your sweetly melancholy homecoming end of summer jam.”

Check out Garth in the embed, and be sure to hit up their socials for more going forward. Trust us when we say, this is a band you don’t want to sleep on.

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📹 Falcon Jane – ‘Heaven’

We first told you about Orangeville-based singer/songwriter and musician Sara May (aka Falcon Jane) back in late August when she released her incredible video for The Other Moon. Well, she’s back with another song (and video) and we want you to know all about it here at The iM.

Check out Heaven in the embed below, and be sure to show your support over on her socials leading up to her album release. Faith drops November 13th via Pittsburgh’s Darling Recordings.

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📹 METZ – ‘Blind Youth Industrial Park’

Just today, Toronto noise-makers METZ have shared another song (and video) from their upcoming long-player, Atlas Vending. The dystopian themed video was shot in Queenstown, on the South Island of New Zealand and directed by Dylan Pharazyn.

“I started thinking of the feeling of war or samurai films, beautiful but dark and violent… but then I had this idea to work up a more unique world… I started to think of a more futuristic setting — more unusual and dream-like with the story set on a distant planet where there is future technology and some kind of alien magic… like a futuristic fable. I loved the idea of the hero Ayeth on this nomadic walk through an epic landscape… I loved the strength in her and the pairing of her with a wounded companion, something really human and vulnerable… I wanted that emotive warmth countering the cold military images.” 

It’s a visual trip you won’t soon forget … now it’s time for you to see and hear what we’re talking about. Check out Blind Youth Industrial Park in the embed, and be sure to hit up their socials for more leading up to the record release. Atlas Vending drops October 9th via Royal Mountain and Sub Pop.

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