by Sean
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Recursive John Glenn

Silverkeys - "The Lamb in the Garden". Our first new taste of sound from Adam Waito's young project, Silverkeys. The former Adam & the Amethysts leader now honey-dipping, hummingbird-skimming, this music like a lost link between Roy Orbison and the Go! Team. "The Lamb in the Garden" is all sparkle and flash, clipped vox loops, earthworming club bass; Waito's still singing about spirits and blue-jays, dreams and wilderness, the kind of hallucinated Canadiana that comes from one too many hours spent baking by a lake. Rarely does a dancing pop song feel so hand-drawn, so splendidly inked. [bandcamp / Silverkeys' live debut will take place at Pop Montreal]

Yuna - "Falling". A series of swoons, upward and downward ones, near and far ones, long and close. Rhye's Robin Hannibal chops up Yuna's scampering sighs, layers synths like they're a mbira, gives weight to the upbeats, lift to the downbeats. It's a song about falling and accordingly the song never quite crests, never quite gets airbound. Its toes keep grazing the gloss of the ground. [pre-order / thank you Eoin]


Contest, contest!

As part of late September's Pop Montreal, CBC Radio's premier arts showcase is hosting a live taping in Montreal. CBC Q - Live in Montreal will descend upon L'Olympia with a gaggle of guests, including comedian Sugar Sammy and two musical acts: Said the Gramophone favourites Braids (whose new record I still haven't heard), and Polaris Prize winner Patrick Watson, whom we've been writing about since 2006. Watson will be introducing a version of his new Cinema L'Amour orchestral project.

Tickets are still on sale for the September 26 event, but we also have a pair of tickets to give away.

To enter the contest: Email me or tweet with the hashtag #qpop. Your email or tweet should contain an anagram of: Patrick Watson and Braids united on Q with Jian. For example: "I'd twin-snowboard past antiquarian DJ kitchen." Yours will hopefully be better. We'll pick our favourite entry between now and next Tuesday night, September 3. Tip: here's a useful online anagram builder. Good luck! Contest is now closed! Thanks for the incredible entries. The winner, who came up with this incredible sensical opus, has been contacted: Join abundant words and win this: a Q ticket pair!

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Posted by Sean at August 29, 2013 12:05 PM

Silverkeys is truly lovely. Good stuff indeed.

Thanks Sean.

Posted by shane at August 29, 2013 12:27 PM

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