#5. Gold Spectacles – Stranger Than You
Snappy indie pop from Gold Spectacles.
#4. Altopalo – Letdown
One of the coolest band names you’ll hear also makes some really cool yet unusual music. Letdown is no different.
#3. The New Pornographers – Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile
As much as I love bands that can kill it at a whole range of different sounds, I also really appreciate bands who have an instantly recongizable sound that never truly gets old. Within seconds of the vocals from Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile, anyone who has ever been into the New Pornographers before instantly knew who this was.
#2. iamnotshane – Afterlife
One of those tracks that is just SO COOL. I want to be this song.
#1. Marc E. Bassy – Save Me
Can’t stop myself from listening to this again, and again, and again. Love a good bedroom jam.
#5. Harrison Brome – 9 to 5
Harrison Brome is a name to keep an eye on. He’s been at it for a few years now, but he’s one of those acts that seems perpetually on the brink of breaking out big time.
#4. Golden Features – Falling Out
Can’t help but think of Daft Punk anytime I see an act wearing a mask and making any type of electronic music (altho I guess kids these days will now think of Deadmau5). Really love the chorus, and with each listen I find myself more and more into this track. Something about the stop/start in any dance track just gets me going.
#3. Altopalo – Frozen Away
One of the best band names ever. I actually now routinely forget which is the band name and which is the city name. As for the track – if you like off-kilter indie rock, then you’ll definitely be into this. Gotta give it a good 1:30 as well, because that’s when the song really comes into its own.
#2. Lou Val Feat. Johnny Yukon – Fast
Loving what I’m hearing from Lou Val, and Fast is easily the track I keep coming back to. Another guy from Toronto just killing it!
#1. AOBeats Feat. Mark Johns & Robokid – Peanut Butter
Being unique in music is a tough job. A lot of what goes big and makes the money is basically just formulas. That’s why I get excited anytime I hear something that just sounds different. Enter AOBeats + friends and Peanut Butter. It eschews the traditional type of “verse/hook/chorus” stock formula and is just a ride of sweet beats and catchy as hell.