Yeah. That’s right. I’m back. The mysterious *Sixeyes (a.k.a. Alan Williamson). I am truly hoping that someone out there, in the sweaty mass of humanity called T.O., enjoyed at least one of the songs in last week’s Mixtape. Or, at least a few seconds, or notes, of one of those songs. Seven songs that were, and still are, well deserving of more attention. Here is some more indieness, of tone and situation.
1. Rademacher – “They Are Always Into That”
A west coast band to keep an eye on, this track is off Rademacher’s debut EP and generates a buzzing and creepy atmosphere around a clipped lead vocal; a vocal that loosens the reins a tad from time to time.
2. The Parkas – “Scam the Tram”
Canadian boys who must have done time listening to Paul Weller’s old bands and spinning records boasting either the Muscle Shoals Horns or the Stax label.
3. The Celebrity Pilots – “Lemons from Lemonade”
Yet another band, a good one mind you, who draw from a rich and lumpy tapestry of Bowie and The Beatles (yes, lumpy, that’s five people in there). Well, that’s what I hear, but according to what I read about The Celebrity Pilots, toss in The Zombies, The Beach Boys, The Smiths, etc.
4. Alec Ounsworth – “Underwater”
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah singer, Ounsworth, keeps busy in Philadelphia, evidenced by the amount of ‘unfinished’ demos he offers on his own website. This fairly polished sounding track, “Underwater” has the dancing ‘bounciness’ of much of his CYHSY work. It also wields the voice that indie hipsters are raving about; simply because Ounsworth uses his vocal idiosyncrasies better than most and as well as Television’s, Tom Verlaine, during that bands late 70’s seminal period.
5. The Otto Show – “Col’s Car”
This is from an album of 80’s recordings called, The Very Spit of the Otto Show. An album recorded in a bedroom on a 4-track cassette recorder with glockenspiel, toy xylophone, piano, harmonium, ukulele, flageolet, alto saxophone, electric and acoustic guitars, and various percussion instruments. These songs slowly draw you into the strange world of an imaginative teenage boy who has at the time had likely only suffered 50% innocence-lost.
6. David Fridlund -“April and May”
Get this… a Swede who doesn’t play in the ‘garage’! Fridlund is leader of acclaimed guitar and piano pop band, David & the Citizens. With his solo debut, Amaterasu he gets a little more intimate and piano heavy. As expected for a seasoned musician, this debut is a strong effort.
7. The Flints – “Girl”
The Flints are an unsigned Toronto duo, Al Huizenga and Stan Flint, which I came across this past weekend. Both originally from the ‘arctic regions’, they got together a few years ago to do some basement recording et voila!… they now have an EP, but, sadly, no band. This song is from the EP, There Used to be a Time, produced by Terence Gowan and recorded by Peter Hudson at Halamusic in Toronto.
Well, I knocked another one down. Keep your ears open and let Torontoist and me know of music you think should be in Mercredi Mixtape. Or if you’ve got a theme we could build a mixtape around, give Torontoist your suggestions.