New in Toronto Music: Diamond Rings, Luke Lalonde, Modern Superstitions, L CON, Gentleman Reg
New in Toronto Music rounds up recently released audio & video from local talent.
DIAMOND RINGS / FREE DIMENSIONALS / OCTOBER 23RD
Why not engage* yourself to the new Diamond Rings album Free Dimensionals with the video for "Runaway Love." Expectations are running high for the new album from this sparkling young man with unbreakable talent and one of the most precious jewels of Canadian electro pop. Fans won't be disappointed. The new album is great. The band is golden, and he's pretty cut himself. Perhaps Onion Rings would be a more appropriate name because onion rings are the best rings of all. *All diamond puns are italicized.
GENTLEMAN REG / LEISURE OF LIFE EP 3 / NOVEMBER 6TH
Proving the accuracy of his title, Gentlemen Reg will be releasing the third and last installment of his Leisure of Life digital EP series. The track below, "I'm a Little Bit Older than You," offers just a snippet of how good the album — a collection of the EPs — is going to sound. Wowzas!
THE LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA / LUME LUME LP / OCTOBER 31ST
Beside being a bucket of lemons, I dare see a sour face when the absolutely exciting Lemon Bucket Orkestra are playing. Self described as "Toronto's only "Balkan-gypsy-klezmer-party-punk-super-band!" the Orkesta continues a tradition most of us have only seen in movies about European Ghettos and have assumed was too delightful to be real. Yet, it is THAT delightful and THAT real. Something Lemon Bucket Orkestra have proven in their guerilla appearances, live sets and their debut full length record Lume Lume. If you still think this recording is just Hollywood magic, then catch them at their CD release on Halloween night at Lee's palace.
LUKE LALONDE / RHYTHYMNALS LP/ OCTOBER 30TH
Luke Lalonde pulls a smooth switcheroo in this fantastic single from his upcoming album Rhythymnals. The first bit has a delightful acoustic flutteryness, which is met soon by some drum machines and then WHAMMO, you have a beautiful number with a cool beat and some poppy soft electronic sound. Truly a pleasant way to spend 3 minutes and 44 seconds. You can enjoy a stream of Rhythymnals right now or pick up the record, which was released on October 30th.
MODERN SUPERSTITIONS / SELF-TITLED LP / OCTOBER 23RD
As Stevie Wonder once sang "Modern Superstitions/the band that has a ball/18 months of good luck/new record in the fall." Haha, just kidding. But Modern Superstitions with their new surefire hit "Bad Habit" certainly evokes the great one, not via any sort of resemblance to the man or the style of music, but rather in energy and cool sunglasses! "Bad Habit" is the first single from Modern Supersitions self-titled record which was released on October 23rd on Last Gang Records. Listening to it is certainly not a bad habit!
L CON (LISA CONWAY) / THE BALLAD PROJECT / OCTOBER 16TH
Not since Jackson Pollock has there been such a beautiful collection of numbers as
L'Con's ballad project. Of course I'm referring to fractals in the Pollock painting and track numbers for the L-Con album. What a silly analogy! What's not silly are the ballads, which are all lush and billowy and bellowly. Perfect to put on during a chilly, fall afternoon as you prepare a delicious root vegetable-based soup or perhaps darn some socks or maybe you just want to relax without all the twee shit I just mentioned.
MEDALLIONS / SELF-TITLED DIGITAL ALBUM / OCTOBER 11th
Medallions (medals) should be awarded to Medallions (band) for their work on this record, which is just terrific. I know a lot of people are up-tight about the lack of analog instruments in today's music. For those crabs Medallions offer a wonderfully "low-fi" alternative, which is a technical way of saying they sound dirty, but in a Christina Aguilera (X-Tina) way as opposed to old band-aid floating in a pond way.
Writing by Eric Boshart
Lead photo by Jackman Chiu