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Isla Den

Isla Den – Myst

Isla Den is Toronto-based electronic duo – Ellie Manning and Michael Reale. Their music investigates themes of nostalgia, environmentalism, and futurism through the lens of an imagined world. Ethereal sonic textures collide with manipulated vocals forming rich sonic landscapes that transport listeners to another realm. Their sophomore EP Acid Dream grapples with existentialism in the digital age and loneliness in virtual space. Ellie and Michael takes the Universe with a grain of dynamic salt. And as they traverse with beats of poignancy and decadent vocal attentions, they offer a sacrifice of delight and of contention. A viability in banking on the possibilities.

Pikes – All My Friends Are On P3

“I imagine a person sitting in front of the radio (which by the way nobody does in 2019) that had the artists playing on the radio as his or her pretend friends. Then I saw the joker on cinema and I realized how creepy that scenario could potentially be.” Pikes is a beautifully gleeful, then downright melancholic statement of truth and gumption. ‘All My Friends Are On P3’ is an exhilarating single of the notion that being left behind is an unadulterated fear of living sometimes. “What about me?” As Pikes drives the nails of doom with the hammering of notions and impetuous curiosity, the urgency of this single, layered with the fabulous pacing – it shines with its own utter brilliance and pop heft. Christoffer Ling is Pikes and he said: “The idea [of Pikes] began as a way of departing from an existence that was defined by rules and norms…” A project of synthesizers from the 80s, sampled / organic drums and large orchestral soundscapes, that overwhelmingly impress.

A Little Nothing – October

“While my last songs where VERY much pop music,” said Mike R., “this going back to my songwriter/indie roots with this one and probably the next EP. Everything was recorded & mixed in my bedroom by myself.” Wondering with a cigarette of puffs in thoughts, A Little Nothing says little sweet nothings about those things that feels very important at that time. ‘October’ is a majestic single that hits above its weight, with rousing kinks of guitars, vocal raw-ness, and an assertive notion for the wary emotions. Its empathy exudes with understated confidence, as we take a walk with the ‘October’ crisis, of then and the heart of now. ‘October’ is a sweet little everything.

The Baskervilles – Throwing Shade

Blend the syncopated grind of 8-bit guitar with raw energy and deliciously gravely vocals and you’ve got British rock outfit The Baskervilles. People have said Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘The Joker’ was offensive in its use of violence – but they accept that in the film like in life, the mentally ill and those in otherwise unfortunate circumstances are treated appallingly. Our song ‘Throwing Shade’ touch’s a lot on that right to offend and be offensive, with lines like “I’m grateful for my happy home and the Chinese kids that make my phone and clothes”. The 4 piece indie-rock band hailing from Ipswich, Suffolk the project made of James Betts, Blair Ferguson, Callum Ferguson, and Aaron Lamb delivers with a no-take prisoners kind of attitude. The spic-n’-shine of the grinding hard-rock grit just makes you happy as the lyrics of the song, grasps and makes you understand. The understanding is that it’s an anthem of a nostalgic nature. But that same understanding is that you know good construction when you hear it.

louderman – the western shore

“louderman is about taking a journey through time – navigating through the songs of one person’s lifetime – a road trip down the sonic highway of hopes and dreams; navigating the geography of disappointments and unseen diversions all set out as an audio map of songs. Through the high altitudes of good decisions – further along down into the valleys of wrong turns and dead ends, you can travel with louderman from his past to his present and on into the future.” The UK based singer/songwriter curses the ‘darkness’ and never is so ‘blind’ to ride the waves of life and of possibilities of death. The death of concept and reality, shades the oddities of our emotional trepidations. But from that cool lingering of the inevitability, we become the most productive and of artistically inclined. Limitations, push with greater conviction towards a vision. ‘The Western Shore’ is that kind of contemplation. A contemplation of wealth in the short time that we all can enjoy – the each and every sliver.


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