Back in June Fake Palms, the project of Toronto-based musician Michael le Riche, announced the return with a new album called Lemons. He reintroduces the venture after a short break in which le Riche focused on his electro-synth project, Sauna.
So far we have heardseveraltracks from the record, and now, ahead of it arriving tomorrow (it marks the 100th release on the label Hand Drawn Dracula), he has shared one more preview — angular indie rock number “Flags”.
Having teased us already with the single “Satellite”, Fake Palms unleash another stunning cut, a short and punchy ripper “Visions”. It is taken from their upcoming album Lemons, set for release on September 16 via Hand Drawn Dracula.
Talking about the song, Michael le Riche, the artist behind the project, says: “It is the sound of power chords and an overactive right arm. No more intricate, overly complex guitar parts or different time signatures. It’s Buzzcocks or the Dead Boys at its core, angular and jangly. Musically, it’s the most direct thing I’ve ever done. No hiding behind walls of reverb, mutating time signatures, or vague lyrics”.
In August Toronto-based producer and artist Josh Korody aka Breeze put out his grand album Only Up, and now he is following it up with a new EP Mixed Up.
It features a collection of remixes/reworkings of tracks from the LP done by such artists as Korea Town Acid, JFK MSTRKRFT, A Place to Bury Strangers, Zoon, Prince Josh and We Turned to Red. The music video for the record’s highlight “Ecstasy On Keele Street” comes together with the release.
Not many musicians are as ambitious as Toronto-based producer and artist Josh Korody aka Breeze, who wrote, recorded and mixed his grand debut album in just 8 days.
Moreover, here he is digging through and reflecting on three decades of classic British new wave/post-punk/synth pop bands, and the result is Only Up, a hit-packed 10 track LP that features diverse, bombastic and instantly appealing songs.
If all of the above is not enough to get you excited, here is one more fact — a huge team of collaborators from the Toronto music scene such as Tess Parks, Cadence Weapon and members of Orville Peck, Tallies, TOPS, Broken Social Scene, Ducks Ltd, Moon King etc. got on board to help him with the record.