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pop rock

We Are The City – RIP

One of the most intense pop albums of the last decade was Violent by We Are The City. The music of the Canadian trio sounded like a blend of Coldplay, Mogwai and MGMT. Sounds like nothing else, right? Make sure to check the accompanying Norwegian-language feature film.

Their fifth album, just released on the Vienna based label Sinnbus (for Europe), is a bit more introvert and poppy, but as intense. The trio went back to Kelowna – where Cayne McKenzie, Andrew Huculiak and David Menzel spent their youth and started the band – and recorded the album.

RIP is probably style-wise their broadest album. ‘You’re so Clean’ sounds like a blend between a power-pop song and, melody-wise, a seventies Thin Lizzy song. First single ‘Killer B-Side Music’ starts out like an Elton John ballad but explodes in the middle. Make sure to check the beautiful video that accompanies the song.

In February and March, We Are The City is touring through Europe. Dates are over here.

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RIP by We Are The City is released by Sinnbus.

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pop

Ella van der Woude – Sol Mineur

In two weeks the album Sol Piano by Ella van der Woude will be released by Snowstar Records. We know Ella for her more poppy electronics. She released an album as part of the band Houses in 2011 and made a cool triphop EP as ELLA in 2016.

Sol Piano is different: Ella recorded the album in her apartment in Amsterdam mainly using her piano. The result is abstract yet close, intimate yet distant.

The first teaser singles are beautiful. The video for the latest, ‘Sol Mineur’, is shot in Switzerland, her second home, and matches well with the serenity of the song. Looking very much forward to the whole album.

Sol Piano by Ella van der Woude will be released in a couple of weeks by Snowstar Records.