Track Of The Day: TOPS – ‘Colder & Closer’

In anticipation of their fourth full length record, Montreal rockers TOPS debut a shimmering new single and music video for ‘Colder & Closer’.

With an atmospheric and dewy soundscape, TOPS showcase a sophisticated and emotive arrangement that is just as groovy as it is lean. With shades of retro ’80s pop and the crispness of modern dream-pop, ‘Colder & Closer’ is a treat to the ears both in its melodies and production. The tone of this single seems to live in the breath of its perfectly decaying delays and echoing reverbs.

TOPS have done a compelling job to musically illustrate the whirlwind of emotions discussed in their lyrics by meticulously mirroring human emotions in every layer of this track.

While alluding to the irony of social distancing and physical closeness to others (a particularly poignant theme right now), TOPS creates a “slip into nostalgia” for listeners with feelings of hesitation met with an eagerness to love throughout the song’s narrative. Nowhere are these thematic perspectives of loneliness discussed explicitly, rather they are implied throughout – seeping from the song’s chilling vocals to the groaning synths.

TOPS have truly elaborated on the artform of their genre in ‘Colder & Closer’ and set a powerful standard for their upcoming LP I Feel Alive.

Directed by Mashie Alam, watch the new video for ‘Colder & Closer’ here:

I Feel Alive, the upcoming album from TOPS, is out 3rd April via Musique TOPS.

Jillian Goyeau

Photo Credit: Justin Aranha

Track Of The Day: Dearly Beloved – ‘Race To The Bottom’

Long term faves, Toronto-based Dearly Beloved, make a welcome return to our ears with a brand new video to accompany the announcement of their upcoming new album, set for release in October.

Propelled by a racing, driving energy, ‘Race To The Bottom’ is an ode to the family-run businesses of the band’s first-generation immigrant grandparents. As the gritty howl of Rob Higgins accompanies the searing passion of Niva Chow’s vocals, relentless beats and raging hooks build, creating a gutsy slice of anthemic rock ‘n’ roll. Of the track, Higgins explains:

The song is a tribute to our grandmothers, who both ran convenience stores that Niva and I worked in as kids growing up. Their stories and achievements as immigrants to Canada that could barely speak English are even more incredible when you put them in the context of 2019.

Watch the trippy new video for ‘Race To The Bottom’ here:

Times Square Discount, the upcoming new album from Dearly Beloved, is out 25th October via Aporia Records. Catch Dearly Beloved live (I highly recommend doing this!) when they’re over in the UK this Autumn:

28th September – Patterns, Brighton
29th September – Scala, London
1st October – Fleece, Bristol
2nd October – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham
3rd October – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
4th October – Broadcast, Glasgow
5th October – O2 Academy 2, Manchester

Mari Lane

Track Of The Day: Partner – ‘Everybody Knows’

Following the success of their debut album last year, Canadian duo Josée Caron and Lucy Niles – aka Partner – have now shared a brand new video for lead single ‘Everybody Knows’.

A whirring slice of uptempo garage rock, ‘Everybody Knows’ tells of the paranoia following one too many bong hits. Filled with a jangly guitar fuzz and delightful, sparkling harmonies, it gives a nostalgic nod to ’90s punk-pop whilst maintaining its own refreshing wit and sunny energy. Complete with impressive, racing licks, it’s a wonderfully infectious offering that’ll leave you longing for another hit of Partner’s playful, uplifting sounds.

Directed by Colin Medley, the video takes us through the dilemma of having to navigate the supermarket while high as a kite.

In Search Of Lost Time, the debut album from Partner, is out now via You’ve Changed Records.

Mari Lane

Photo Credit: Colin Medley

Track Of The Day: Talking Violet – ‘Aspen’

Having only formed early last year as an acoustic project, Canadian band Talking Violet are now ready to share their debut single.

Filled with an ethereal, scuzzy haze, ‘Aspen’ is an utterly dreamy slice of ambient shoegaze. As a gentle, swirling whirr soon builds to a raw, frenzied cacophony, it’s an effervescent treat for the ears; like a wonderful sonic fusion between Best Coast and Deftones.

Of the track, singer/guitarist Jill Goyeau comments:

” (it’s) a song that emcompasses who we are as a band, becaude it has a blend of both softness and heavyness to it. The song sums up how we tend to use sonic juxtaposition in our songwriting.”

Round Dreams, the debut EP from Talking Violet, is released 2nd February.

Mari Lane