💿 THE RECORD LABELS: Flemish Eye

Welcome to our latest column: The Record Labels, where every Monday, we tell you about a label we know and trust when it comes to new music. Last week we introduced you to Toronto’s Telephone Explosion Records, and now we’re back with another one of our faves, Flemish Eye Records.

If you’re not familiar with the indie label, you definitely should be; the Calgary-based company has been around since 2003. Over the years, they’ve released over 40 albums, and it all started with Infiniheart by Chad VanGaalen way back in 2004.

Since then, they’ve gone on to release records by Ghostkeeper, Women, Braids, Preoccupations (formerly Viet Cong) and many more. More recently, they’ve dropped some incredible new music from up-and-comers, Yves Jarvis and Blessed. If that’s not enough, we’re rather excited about the new Besnard Lakes album The Besnard Lakes Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings.

Check out the playlist below and get familiar with some of our favourite label songs over the years. One can never have too much Flemish Eye in their ife.

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – Songs

🎧 Coy Haste – “West Plains”

If you’re not familiar with Brad Weber, he’s the producer behind Toronto-based electronic outfit Coy Haste. He also happens to be the brains behind one of our favourites; Pick A Piper.

Recently, he dropped West Plains on the masses, and we can’t get enough of this thing here at The iM. It’s been on heavy rotation over the last few days and shows no signs of slowing down. Now, it’s time for you to take a listen.

Check out the track in the embed below, and be sure to hit up his socials leading up to the new record; Apicultura drops February 5th via Stereo Ferment.

If you dig this, you might like “New River Beach – Mystery Tape”

📹 Nicole Marxen – “Tether”

Nicole Marxen recently came up on our radar here at The iM, and we’re glad she did. The Dallas-based singer-songwriter, musician and visual artist is releasing her solo debut on February 26th. We’ve had the title-track Tether on heavy rotation over the last few days. Now, it’s time to share it with you.

Check out the video in the embed below, and be sure to hit up her socials for more going forward. Not sure about you, but we’re stoked for this one.

If you dig this, you might like “Riches – Fantasy Chapel”

🎧 River Tiber – “Rainbow Road / Hypnotized”

River Tiber is the moniker of Toronto singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tommy Paxton-Beesley. It’s been a minute since we’ve heard anything new from the Drake-approved producer, but the wait is over with a mesmerizing new extended play. Now, it’s time for you to take a listen.

Check out Rainbow Road and Hypnotized in the embed, and be sure to hit up his socials below to show some support. Let’s hope more music is on the way.

📀 Plays Of The Month: December

It’s that time of year when playlists can be found everywhere it seems. Best Of Lists, including ours, are all over the internet. So … why not make one more to end the year?

Below, you’ll find our Plays Of The Month for December … our very last post of the year. Bring on 2021 and goodbye 2020 … you won’t be missed. Except for the music, of course!

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – Covers … Best Of 2020 – Songs … Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 1) and Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 2).

📀 Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 2)

Well, here we are. The Top 20 albums of the year, according to The iM. It’s been so much fun compiling this list, and we’re stoked to be sharing it with you today. If you missed Part 1 yesterday, you can check it out before you go any further.

That being said, here are the records that defined our year below. So much talent on these recordings; artists who inspired us in what was otherwise a pretty dismal 2020. Isn’t that what music is all about? We think so.

20. Venus Furs – Self-Titled

19. Destroyer – Have We Met

18. Nation Of Language – Introduction, Presence

17. Bully – SUGAREGG

16. elvis depressedly – depressedelica

15. Prince Josh – The Joy

14. Gum Country – Somewhere

13. Jon Mckiel – Bobby Joe Hope

12. Falcon Jane – Faith

11. TOPS – I Feel Alive

10. Helena Deland – Someone New

9. Radical Dads – Paved Mountain

8. Freak Heat Waves – Zap The Planet

7. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

6. Lee Paradise – The Fink

5. Skyway Man – The World Only Ends When You Die

4. LOMA – Don’t Shy Away

3. Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud

2. Zoon – Bleached Wavves

1. Fellow Hollow – Violet Paper Wings

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – CoversBest Of 2020 – Songs … and Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 1).

📀 Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 1)

So many talented artists out there and so many incredible albums released this year. Much like the Songs Of 2020, it was tough to pick all of our favourites in just one list.

Believe it or not, more records could’ve been added. Originally, we were going to include only 20, but there were so many great albums dropped in the last twelve months, we had to up the ante.

Below, you’ll find the first half of our “Best Of 2020” albums list for your listening pleasure. Tomorrow, we’ll be releasing the second half. We can’t wait to share it with you, but until then, sink your teeth into all this amazing music.

40. Wolf Parade – Thin Mind

39. Girlhood – Self-Titled

38. No Joy – Motherhood

37. Andy Shauf – The Neon Skyline

36. Braids – Shadow Offering

35. Slow Pulp – Moveys

34. Dizzy – The Sun And Her Scorch

33. Caribou – Suddenly

32. snarls – Burst

31. Mav Karlo – Strangers Like Us

30. TEENANGER – Good Time

29. Romshii – Headroom Window

28. Ellis – Born Again

27. Gulfer – Self-Titled

26. SAULT – UNTITLED (Black Is)

25. Riches – Fantasy Chapel

24. Pottery – Welcome To Bobby’s Motel

23. U.S. Girls – Heavy Light

22. Mary – Die Before Death

21. Luka Kuplowsky – Stardust

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – CoversBest Of 2020 – Songs … Best Of 2020 – EPs … the Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 2) is coming tomorrow, so stay tuned!

📀 Best Of 2020 – EPs

Wherever you are, we hope you’re having an amazing holiday season. We also have some exciting news to share today; we’re starting the week off with our favourite EPs of 2020.

In case you missed it, several talented artists released a ton of incredible music in the last twelve months, and sometimes, the albums get all the credit. We wanted to make sure to recognize all of these amazing artists and their EP contributions this year.

That being said, check out our Top 15 EPs of 2020 and stay tuned for the Top Albums of the year starting tomorrow. Not sure about you, but we can’t wait to share more.

15. Twin Peaks – Side A

14. Jordana – Something To Say

13. Blue Hawaii – Under 1 House

12. Anzola – Caracas

11. Couch Prints – Tell U

10. Skullcrusher – Self-Titled

9. Bullion – We Had A Good Time

8. Tomberlin – Projections

7. Laurence-Anne – Accident

6. PHÈDRE – Eterna

5. B-17 – Back In The Barn

4. BLANKS – Beyond These Walls

3. The Ophelias – For Luck

2. Scratch – Something To Do

1. MOTHER TONGUES – Everything You Wanted

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – CoversBest Of 2020 – Songs … the Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 1) is coming tomorrow, so stay tuned!

🎧 DARKSIDE – “Liberty Bell”

It’s been some time since we’ve heard anything new from Nicolás Jaar and Dave Harrington, the masterminds behind New York-based electronic outfit DARKSIDE. The wait is over though, with a brand new single, Liberty Bell. Now, it’s time to share it with you.

Check it out in the embed, and stay tuned to the socials below for more going forward. Their first new album in 7 years, Sprial, drops this coming spring. Not sure about you, but we can’t wait.