Tag: the future

New Canadiana :: Roberta Bondar – Roberta Bondar EP

Roberta Bondar - Roberta Bondar EP
Man, space is cool. The sheer limitlessness and expanse makes it rife for uninhibited interpretation and dissection. I’m sure you’ve at least heard the name Roberta Bondar before – probably stuck somewhere in your elementary subconscious. Part of a historical menagerie of noteworthy Canucks, Bondar now shares a moniker with four young Ottawa weirdos. Their debut EP, a cassette released on heavy-feeling Bruised Tongue, is a hyper-modern swig of what Canadian indie may be decades in the future. With a couple tracks eclipsing the seven-minute mark, Roberta Bondar (the band) is retracing the steps of Canada’s original femi-naut. While most of these songs venture deep into blackness (“Tongue Rings”, “Crave You”), there certainly are some more solarized tunes. “Mistakes” stretches over fragments of vogue 90s slackerism while the oretic, half-time happiness of “Wrecked” seems right in the gimbals of satellite-spinning no-wavers. Remember: we’re not alone, so let’s keep twirling, twirling, twirling into oblivion.

Review :: Grimes – Geidi Primes

Geidi Primes
(Arbutus Records)
Montreal, QC

From the Kimono-draped androgyny of Aaron Levin:
Geidi Primes is a landmark album of modern Canadian fringe, an assemblage of space-station pop memorabilia teleported from a time-static nether-zone beyond the scope of our earthly understanding. I’ve been waiting months for this, posting anxious pleas to Grimes after hearing the sinuous, harrowing bass-line on Rosa. With the curiously packaged cassette in my fiending grip, the orbiting swaths of synthetic warmth and echoing drum-machines have caused exciting astral projections outside my usual mental musicalia. Geidi Primes takes off from Rosa’s minimal bass-lines and launches straight into a strange hybrid of Björk, The Cure, Micachu, and other avant seamstresses, leaving a footprint in every decade and thankfully landing in ours. Chord progressions and samples are pulled from any source imaginable and the aggregation results in a Kate Bushian trail of decadence. It seems pointless and restrictive attempting to describe its brilliance, so I’ll stop with this: Geidi Primes is a flagship of hyperbolic dimensions. Get on board.
[audio:http://weirdcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/04-Rosa-1.mp3|titles=Grimes – Rosa] Grimes – Rosa
[audio:http://weirdcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/08-Venus-In-Fleurs.mp3|titles=Grimes – Venus In Fleurs] Grimes – Venus In Fleurs
[audio:http://weirdcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/03-Zoal-Face-Dancer.mp3|titles=Grimes – Zoal, Face Dancer] Grimes – Zoal, Face Dancer
[audio:http://weirdcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/02-Sardaukar-Levenbrech.mp3|titles=Grimes – Sardaukar Levenbrech] Grimes – Sardaukar Levenbrech