The Neighbourhood Mixtape: So I'll Pretend I'm Leaving
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: Isla Craig and The Continental Drift, "Marbles"
We begin this week's mixtape with the lengthy track "Marbles"; its desolate arrangements and lush lyrics feel like it could drift forever.
Track #2: The Darcys, "Black Cow"
Art-rock band The Darcys released the second album of a trilogy. AJA is available for free download (via Arts & Crafts) and includes the towering track "I Got the News".
Track #3: Bry Webb, "Ex-Punks"
"Ex-Punks" rumbles with wrangling percussion and lap steel. Jennifer Castle provides back-up vocals to the track, which Bry Webb reveals in our interview was "the song that filled the last gap in the album."
Track #4: Fuss, "Donee"
Sounding like a messy demo, Fuss plays stackable hooks steeped in fuzz and scuzz. Download "Donee" and Fuss' other tight jams for free here.
Track #5: Inland Island, "Kiwi"
There's a warm feeling behind the sounds of "Kiwi", perhaps somewhere between lived in and empty. Listen/download Inland Island's home-recorded album A Knot for free here.
If you wish to be a part of The Neighbourhood Mixtape, you can contact Aldrin at aldrin [at] blogto [dotcom]
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