Happy New Year, everyone! I hope the holidays have treated you well. We made it on to several “Best of 2015” lists, which is a great way to end a great year!
Some of our favourite things that people said about our music in 2015:
“In Canada, we do best musically as innovators, like Crystal Castles. This band, maybe they’re not working in a pop format, but I think that’s good. I think there’s a real temptation living so close to the border to ape American culture, or try to come up with a facsimile of what’s popular, what’s dictated by the States. This band is weird. And very Canadian.” -Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs, Wolf Parade, Operators) on CBC Radio’s Q
“The six-song Ovayok Road is a whirlwind of fun dream pop with hints of shoegaze. The songs are beautifully imagined, layered with synths and vocal harmonies that together create a truly euphonic experience.” –Matias Munoz, Mixtape Magazine
“There have been few releases that radiate as much warmth as this formerly Nunavut-based (now Ottawa) group’s latest EP does. The synth-pop songs don’t need a lot to keep listeners happy; a catchy beat that will have you grooving along, a few refrains, and of course the lush lyrics that transport you away. The self-titled track guides you with shimmery guitars and a lo-fi backing beat as it implores you: “C’mon let’s spend the night outside/Yes I know you’re afraid of mosquito bites.” “My First Northern Lights” commands you to unplug and connect with the natural wonders around you. “Blanket Burritos” is a heavy-sounding tribute to warmth itself. The majesty of the arctic is detailed by “Victoria Island,” and it all draws to a close with the celebratory “Water Truck.” Not an ounce of filler here.” –Grayowl Point
“Nunavut synthpop! Scary Bear Soundtrack have fully arrived with their debut EP Ovayok Road. Way up in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Gloria Guns and Christine Aye have been quietly making some excellent bedroom synthpop, including one of our favourite songs of last year, “Manic Pixie Dream Girl.” Their sound has grown leaps and bounds, fuller, and more completely realized. It’s great to see another highlight from last year’s The Longest Night, the incredible “Fault Lines”, make the cut on this release. But every song on this record has its own special appeal, and there’s a lot range and diversity in sound throughout the EP. If we had to pick a favourite, it’s the remarkable “Victoria Island”, a super-hooky and propulsive synth-pop number with endless replay value. We couldn’t be more impressed.” –Silent Shout
“‘The Longest Night’ ft. Avid Napper is a night-time synth-pop landscape, vivid and cool, showcasing Gun’s vocals against atmospheric electronic and restrained beats.” –
Lina Asfour-Muir, Host of Ladies First, CHUO FM.
Thanks so much! Looking forward to what 2016 will bring. Stay tuned for new show announcements coming soon!