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Harrison & TOBi team up on "Outta This World"

Harrison & TOBi team up on "Outta This World"

JUNO, Polaris, and Prism Prize-nominated Toronto producer and all around musical polymath, Harrison, today shares a new single & animated visual for "Outta This World" featuring fellow JUNO-winning, Toronto artist, TOBi. Harrison's signature keys and laid-back beats provide a perfect backdrop to TOBi's half-singing, half-rapping soulful vocals, with Complex Magazine praising the track as "celestial, buttery smooth".

Click to listen to "Outta This World"

The accompanying animated video for 'Outta This World' out today is the brainchild of Jack Harrison, who has worked with Keys N Krates, The Kount and Jay Feelbender, among others, and depicts Harrison and TOBi venturing on a journey "outta this world" to cook up the track in perfect camaraderie. The artwork was illustrated by Elijah Anderson and designed by Jeremy White. 

The single marks the second collaborative track between the two since “Beige,” off of TOBi’s 2020 mixtape ELEMENTS Vol. 1. Released via Last Gang Records/MNRK Music Group, “Outta This World” also serves as a glimpse into Harrison’s forthcoming album, which will be released later this year. Harrison brings his signature aesthetic sound of catchy instrumentals and innovative beats to the new track.

“As soon as I finished this joint, I immediately thought of TOBi,” Harrison says of his new joint single. “I knew he would deliver and he did. He floated on it. Always happy to be collaborating with him.”

On the collaboration, TOBi adds"Since Harrison and I did 'Beige' a couple years ago, we’d been trying to get another joint in. A lot has happened in those few years, good and bad, so I wanted to capture that in the song on our second go around. Growth, friendship, moving through the music world, increasing my love for art, culture and of course pretty girls. The beat Harrison sent felt like I was right at home with the jazzy melody and the smooth drums. This time I’m making sure that I celebrate every moment."

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Maia Friedman releases "Sunny Room"

Maia Friedman releases "Sunny Room"

There’s just over a week before Brooklyn’s Maia Friedman releases her solo debut, Under The New Light out March 11. Today, we have just dropped her final single, entitled “Sunny Room.”  Maia explains to Flood Magazine:

The search for my sunny room - my internal place of peace, comfort and calm - is a daily endeavour, and sometimes feels like a tug-of-war. This song is a wish that the comforting space within one’s self is bright enough to outshine moments of darkness. As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety, I know that these sunny rooms can often be difficult to find, and yet I do my best to renew the search time and time again. 

To be in a place that knows your mold / the tighter your hand the less you hold / you’re looking for a way to ease your mind / so you won’t make a mess of your good time

To accompany the track, Maia also made a simple yet stunning live version of the track:

For “Sunny Room,” I wanted to create a video that was intimate, raw and still, says Maia. We drove up to Marlboro, NY the day after an ice storm in early February, and the hills and trees were completely sparkling. You could hear a crystalline sound coming from the icy branches moving with the wind. My dear friend Stephen Spaccarelli was kind enough to let us set up in his studio and his son Mateo helped Philip capture the audio. It was a special and lucky day - very grateful to have been amongst friends in such a beautiful place

As an ode to the shifting landscape of our own lives, Friedman began Under the New Light four years ago, while teaching music and performing in multiple New York bands. “Collaborating gives me the juice,” she says, laughing. In 2018 Friedman was asked to join Dirty Projectors and a heavy schedule of touring followed. She sang and co-wrote the lyrics for the first of their 5 EPs, released last year, most notably for the soothing earworm “Overlord.” Meanwhile, Friedman also formed Coco, which began as a collaborative recording project with Oliver Hill (Dustrider, Pavo Pavo) and Dan Molad (Lucius, Chimney) and they released music anonymously until the announce of their 2021 self-titled debut.

Friedman’s voice lends a unique quality of warm comfort that permeates all her collaborations, but Under the New Light presents her full intention. Her role is that of the wounded healer, one who has gained wisdom through darkness and grief. In her empathetic role, rather than share the details of any struggling, Friedman instead sought to build a cloud of safety for those who might have pain of their own. It’s an antidote to suffering rather than its depiction. The closest she comes to stark personal detail is on standout “Sunny Room”: “To be in a place that knows your mold / The tighter your hand the less you hold / You’re looking for a way to ease your mind / So you won’t make a mess of your good time.”

As with her other projects, Friedman collaborated closely on Under The New Light as a trio with Tom Deis (Pineapple Room Studio) and Peter Lalish, with Dan Molad in a production role. They worked on the album sporadically across the country, in Omaha, New York, and Los Angeles. Friedman had melodies but left it open, with the trio co-writing the swirling harmonies together. The arrangements are less sparse than they feel and even when Friedman’s voice is accompanied by a single guitar, there are swirls of ambience and synthesized sound design building around her.

The album plays like a fulfilled journey, and though Friedman is still somewhere in the middle of her own, on Under the New Light her vision is fully formed. On the bright closer “A Sleep in the Garden,” she nods, for better or worse, toward the future: “I won’t look away / when you show me more.”

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Stars announce new album From Capelton Hill

Stars announce new album From Capelton Hill
Montreal’s Stars today return with the announcement of their first new album in five years, From Capelton Hill, set for release on May 27th, 2022. The album’s two lead singles out now worldwide showcase the band of Torquil Campbell, Evan Cranley, Amy Millan, Chris McCarron, Patty McGee, and Chris Seligman, at their very best.

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Anand Wilder shares new single + launches physical pre-order for debut album + Announces Tour

Anand Wilder shares new single + launches physical pre-order for debut album + Announces Tour

Anand Wilder shared the new single and video for "Fever Seizure," the latest release from his solo debut LP. The former Yeasayer songwriter will release his debut solo album I Don’t Know My Words on March 25th, 2022 via his new label home, Last Gang. Pre-order available now. Wilder has also announced a U.S. tour for spring 2022.

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Mondo Cozmo shares vibrant new single & video

Mondo Cozmo shares vibrant new single & video

Mondo Cozmo shares his latest song and hybrid live action and stop-motion video for “Meant For Livin’.” This is the latest single from the west coast-based rock & roll songsmith. His forthcoming album is due out later this year.

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Keys N Krates drop Original Classic video

Keys N Krates drop Original Classic video
Following the release of their album Original Classic in November, Toronto trio Keys N Krates shares a new Bird Peterson-animated video for the Juicy J, Chip and Marbl-featuring "Original Classic."
The thirteen-track project was named one of the Top 20 Electronic Albums of 2021 by Thissongissick and one of the Best Dance Albums of 2021 by Billboard who described the project saying, "The Canadian trio’s sophomore LP is a good time from start to finish, blending influences to please your pop-obsessed friend, your house head homie, your hip-hop dance crew and everyone in between."
Speaking about the new video, Keys N Krates shares:
"We knew that we wanted to bring out the fun aspect of this song and accentuate how everyone involved is a character in their own right. We linked up with Bird Peterson, who's an incredible animator. On the first call with Bird we thought the process was going to be really collaborative and that we were going to have all these great ideas to feed him to do his thing with. Instead, he basically said, "this is the treatment" and proceeded to describe this whole 60's style cereal commercial world he had created in his head that involved Juicy J leading children (us) into mischief. After dying of laughter, we all just said "ya go do that," and this is what came out. We're very happy to have found Bird and his insane talents."

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Maia Friedman announces debut album

Maia Friedman announces debut album

Brooklyn’s Maia Friedman is delighted to announce her debut solo album, Under The New Light, out on Last Gang Records, 11th March 2022. After the critical acclaim of the first single Where The Rocks Are Maia has just released the second single “First To Love,” a mellifluous tune about the emotional wonders of being human. Maia explains: 

It is a humbling privilege to love someone in all their humanness and imperfection, to not only support but celebrate them through their journey of growth and exploration, to be by their side as they evolve into new versions of themselves. “Peel away / Keeping me up through the night // Escape / Be whatever you like” translates to: I will love even the deepest layers of who and what you are. A question I pose to myself is, what if this person were me?

Exclusive vinyl versions of Under The New Light are available for pre-order, more info below: 

  • Sky Blue variant can be found here.
  • Rough Trade exclusive Orange Translucent variant can be found here.

As an ode to the shifting landscape of our own lives, Friedman began Under the New Light four years ago, while teaching music and performing in multiple New York bands. “Collaborating gives me the juice,” she says, laughing. In 2018 Friedman was asked to join Dirty Projectors and a heavy schedule of touring followed. She sang and co-wrote the lyrics for the first of their 5 EPs, released last year, most notably for the soothing earworm “Overlord.” Meanwhile, Friedman also formed Coco, which began as a collaborative recording project with Oliver Hill (Dustrider, Pavo Pavo) and Dan Molad (Lucius, Chimney) and they released music anonymously until the announce of their 2021 self-titled debut.

Friedman’s voice lends a unique quality of warm comfort that permeates all her collaborations, but Under the New Light presents her full intention. Her role is that of the wounded healer, one who has gained wisdom through darkness and grief. In her empathetic role, rather than share the details of any struggling, Friedman instead sought to build a cloud of safety for those who might have pain of their own. It’s an antidote to suffering rather than its depiction. The closest she comes to stark personal detail is on standout “Sunny Room”: “To be in a place that knows your mold / The tighter your hand the less you hold / You’re looking for a way to ease your mind / So you won’t make a mess of your good time.”

As with her other projects, Friedman collaborated closely on Under The New Light as a trio with Tom Deis (Pineapple Room Studio) and Peter Lalish, with Dan Molad in a production role. They worked on the album sporadically across the country, in Omaha, New York, and Los Angeles. Friedman had melodies but left it open, with the trio co-writing the swirling harmonies together. The arrangements are less sparse than they feel and even when Friedman’s voice is accompanied by a single guitar, there are swirls of ambience and synthesized sound design building around her.

The album plays like a fulfilled journey, and though Friedman is still somewhere in the middle of her own, on Under the New Light her vision is fully formed. On the bright closer “A Sleep in the Garden,” she nods, for better or worse, toward the future: “I won’t look away / when you show me more.”

Track List

  1. Where The Rocks Are
  2. First To Love
  3. Happiness
  4. Under The New Light
  5. Elevate Us
  6. Sunny Room
  7. Raintime For Yohei
  8. All We Are (How To Last)
  9. Interlude
  10. A Sleep In The Garden

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Mother Mother releases new video for "Hayloft"

Mother Mother releases new video for "Hayloft"
“’Hayloft’ is a song that took on a life of its own, thanks to our fans, both old and new. We felt that the song, and the characters within it, deserved a more thorough telling of their story; a modern visual for a song that that has been pivotal in helping us to connect with new people all over the world.”

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