The Neighbourhood Mixtape: Trick Pony
The Neighbourhood Mixtape is a collection of newly-released songs by Toronto musicians. The mixtape is meant to celebrate Toronto's music culture and provide a forum to listen to and discover new local music.
Every Sunday, I post a five-track mixtape (along with my own mini-reflections for each track) that you can download or stream as a soundtrack for the week.
Track #1: Father Christmas, "Red Son"
"Red Sun" quickly warms the ears, with vocals that glide along on a freefall of acoustic and banjo picks as central as Kyle Peters' voice.
Track #2: The Cool Hands, "Devil's Collector"
The Cool Hands' "Devil's Collector" possesses that scratchy cassette tape quality, its muddled and frantic buzz strangely charming.
Track #3: Spies And Scientists, "Girl Automaton"
Throw some sunscreen on and listen to S&S' beach-bop "Girl Automaton", the song's hooks as sticky as the hot summer weather, its chorus as likeable as it is simple.
Austra, who made the Polaris Music Prize shortlist, gets one of their spellbinding tracks - "Spellwork" - remixed by NYC electronic duo MNDR. The track will be part of a remix album titled Sparkle, out July 26 on Paper Bag Records.
Track #5: Army Girls, "The Power"
If you read last week's Call & Response, then you'll know why we're featuring both Austra and Army Girls together (Carmen Elle of Army Girls also worked with Austra). "The Power" rises with raw energy - a heat wave of beautiful aggression.
If you wish to be a part of The Neighbourhood Mixtape, you can contact Aldrin at aldrin [at] blogto [dotcom]
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