Rey Pila recently premiered its latest single “Fire Away” from The Future Sugar and is now ready to share the entire album. In addition to the three Julian Casablancas–produced songs are six tracks produced by Chris Coady (Beach House/Yeah Yeah Yeahs), with all songs mixed by Shawn Everett (Weezer/Lucius).
In the p ast 10 months, Rey Pila has toured the western half of North America supporting bands such as Interpol and The Rentals, performed on Last Call with Carson Daly twice, and hit Austin City Limits Festival. Rey Pila are currently on a North American tour opening for Brandon Flowers in support of The Future Sugar and will be returning to Austin City Limits on October 2nd. Watch for more dates to be announced soon.
MAJICAL CLOUDZ • ARE YOU ALONE?
Two weeks ago, Majical Cloudz announced that Arts & Crafts will be releasing its sophomore album Are You Alone? on October 16with the video for “Silver Car Crash”. This week, Majical Cloudz shared the title track, “Are You Alone”, which offers an upbeat take on modern hopeless romanticism. Pre-orders of the album come with an instant download of both tracks.
In 2013, the Montreal-based musical-performance art project released Impersonator, garnering praise from tastemaker and mainstream media as one of the year’s best and most notable albums. Since then, Devon Welsh has been fastidiously crafting the band’s second studio album, while simultaneously touring the world with producer Matthew Otto.
Building off a solidly-laid visual and sonic foundation, the narrative remains – simple yet emotionally forthcoming lyrics showcasing raw vulnerability, backed by sparse instrumentation and minimalist production. Welsh delivers melancholic but melody driven vocals echoing off elemental tones, praising love and friendship, commiserating over heartbreak and sadness. Written and recorded between Montreal and Detroit, it comes as no surprise that Welsh and Otto have created another soulful novella, continuing to contribute to the evolution of sound in pop, indie, and electronic music.
Arts & Crafts compatriots Absolutely Free and WIN WIN swapped remixes ahead of their appearance on last Saturday’s POP Montreal showcase. The opposing trios have found an intersection of their kaleidoscopic sounds, trading new versions of one another’s songs with a 2-track digital single. Toronto’s psych-pop-art masters Absolutely Free turn “Don’t Freak Out” from WIN WIN’s 3rd LP Primaries into a hypnotic blend of Astro-Beat synths & mono-rhythms, while the Brooklyn production outfit responds with a twilighted trip deep into “Burred Lens” off the Polaris Music Prize Long Listed debut LP Absolutely Free. True to form, WIN WIN provides a 3D window into this collaboration, weaving the Absolutely Free three into its anthropomorphic album visuals. The remixes are available for streaming and download.
Arts & Crafts headed to POP Montreal this year for our first showcase since 2012, bringing with us a selection of the diverse artists to join the label in the last year, as well as some of Toronto’s most exciting new talent.
The A&C roster was represented by Brooklyn-basedproduction trio WIN WIN, Toronto’s psych-pop masters Absolutely Free, and UK garage rock luminaries The Cribs, who were joined by Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo. From Toronto, Drake-approved alt-R&B producer River Tiber and soulful multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Day Wilson rounded out the evening.