Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day. Today, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan make a major change and remix a former member, Weaves unleash some anecdotal delirium and Mas Ysa teams with Hundred Waters.
Night Musik, "Eternal" (Yamantaka // Sonic Titan remix)
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan have been unpredictable since the start, but it will be hard to chart where the Toronto/Montreal project goes next. As they enter the studio to record their third LP, they say goodbye to guitarist John Ancheta and lead singer/co-founder Ruby Kato Attwood (maybe not coincidentally, the two Montreal-based members of the band). They have two new members to replace those departing (singer Joanna Delos Reyes and guitarist Hiroki Tanaka).
Neither are on this remix of Night Musik, the solo project of former Yamantaka // Sonic Titan member Shub Roy (are you keeping up?), but it's a good indicator of where things could go next. Or, more accurately, that things could go anywhere next. The original "Eternal" is inspired by Roy's time spent in the Principe Discos scene in Lisbon, Portugal. YT//ST's remix takes those shadowy bits of moonlit techno and amps them up considerably, starting with the blood-pressure-amping psychedelic build-up of songs like "One" and then ramps it into the '90s rave we'd be at right now if we had a time machine, or at least enough acid to make us think we did. - Richard Trapunski
Night Musik's Transit is out now via Mind Records. Check out our Liner Notes interview with him here.
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan will unveil their new lineup at the following Canadian dates:
June 18 Toronto Lee's Palace (NXNE, PAPER100)
July 11 Toronto Harbourfront (Party On The Block)
August 28 Montreal Bar Le Ritz (Passovah Summer Festival)
Toronto pop eccentrics Weaves craft contagious ditties with astonishing consistency. They are the Ty Cobb of Canadian pop. Their batting average is remarkable — maybe untouchable. On "Tick," vocalist Jasmyn Burke plays the straight woman, earnest and confessional, to the guitar's trickster act: all stuck out tongue and raspberries and nah-nah-nah-nah-nahs.
Of "Tick," Burke told us: “This was one of those ones that just came together really quickly. It's probably about life and time and swimming with dolphins and dreamin etc etc. Anecdotal delirium." - Chris Hampton
Mas Ysa, "Gun"
Next month will see the release of Mas Ysa’s debut album Seraph. On “Gun,” he teams up with Nicole Miglis of Hundred Waters (who, incidentally, are one of our top picks for NXNE) for an enchanting slow-burner. Like holding up a candle in the dark, the track is carefully revealed. Imagine your house is deep in the woods surrounded by no one, it’s late at night, and all you have is this orange flame to guide you. The electricity kicks back in when Thomas Arsenault and Miglis layer and echo over each other, bringing each room in the house to a soft glow of light. When you blow out the candle, the power goes with it. - Ryan Parker