Casper Skulls – “Primeval”

Nothing says Toronto like construction. And nothing says creepy like four musicians hovering in a row with blank expressions on their faces. When you hover in the woods on an overcast day, it’s extra disturbing. Ditto, in waist-deep water (let’s hope that’s not the Don River).

“Primeval” comes from Casper Skulls’ 2017 record Mercy Works, which probably would have been on our Albums of the Year list had we gotten to it sooner.

-Scott Bryson

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Forth Wanderers – “Slop”

So what if they’re in no hurry to grow up. So what if their wardrobes consist entirely of outfits from John Hughes movies.

True, they should really work on that awkward dancing if they want to avoid ridicule. And that station wagon does not scream rock ’n’ roll.

“Slop” comes from the Forth Wanderers’ Slop EP, out in 2016. They have a full-length coming in April.

-Scott Bryson

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Bridal Party – “Fruitless”

British Columbia’s Bridal Party (their Suzannah Raudaschl also performs as Sussy) are dropping a few not-so-subtle hints that they’re Clerks fans, in this vid for the lead track on their Negative Space EP.

This location—Casey’s Market—apparently closed in 2017, after an 80-year run.

Lyric of the year candidate: “I can’t love anyone, OH, not in this economy!”

-Scott Bryson

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Suuns – “Watch You, Watch Me”

The “Here are some people in coats and scarves approach” says Belle & Sebastian, but the sound is pure Radiohead.

Stick it out past the song’s midpoint and the collage effects speed up—it’s disorienting, but that’s what we’re used to seeing from Suuns. It’s almost enough to make us wonder if the old guy in the leather jacket is John Lithgow.

“Watch You, Watch Me” comes from the new album, Felt, due out in March.

-Scott Bryson

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The Nonsense – “Everyone is Waiting for Your Heart to Break”

Just what we needed to see on this Thursday afternoon: open heart surgery. Best to turn away if you’re the squeamish sort. May as well get back to that cable pull regimen, lest you be the one that ends up under the knife.

“Everyone is Waiting for Your Heart to Break” comes from the debut EP from Toronto’s The Nonsense. They’re playing a set at the Horseshoe Tavern on February 15.

-Scott Bryson

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2017 Albums of the Year: Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest

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The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2017. We gathered best-of lists from contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with a list of records that unanimously wowed us last year.

The release day for Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Rest was one of the most exciting release days that I can remember. My friend and I were giddy on Messenger:

Me: Oh my god, the new Charlotte Gainsbourg…

Friend: Ahhhhhhh! I have been waiting for today. Just doing some grocery shopping and then will be cooking all day to it. Honestly, I believe it possible to be the best album of the year and I’ve only heard the one song.

Me: I’m only halfway through the album and I echo your sentiments completely.

Friend: Oh shit. I’m like 3 minutes from home.

**40 minutes later**

Friend: It’s a fucking masterpiece.

And it is. Gainsbourg’s breathy voice is magic on the opening ballad “Ring-a-Ring O’Roses”, but in no way seems out of place on more upbeat tracks like “Deadly Valentine” (above).

Like my friend said, it’s a fucking masterpiece.

-Michelle Farres

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2017 Albums of the Year: Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm

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The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2017. We gathered best-of lists from contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with a list of records that unanimously wowed us last year.

We already reviewed this one back in August, and there’s little more that needs to be added. Several spins later, it’s still a dead ringer for The Weekend’s self-titled debut.

And we know for sure, now, that nothing could be more attractive in a song than another person’s relationship woes, either because of the kinship found in being able to relate, or the satisfaction of knowing you’re faring better (coupled with the comprehension that happiness is fleeting).

“Does it make you feel good to watch me stumbling in the dark?” It does, yes.

-Scott Bryson

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