So just before the anti-climactic beginning to what supposedly is the last year of all human consciousness, Toronto shoegazers Tearjerker unveiled there newest release Rare. On a walk I recently took down the trails of Glenora, I couldn’t help but let this album play repeatedly as the more and more decrepit paths I found began to be insurmountable. Tearjerker opens the album with the pop fuzz-orgy “Down”, truly a song that is better heard in a heap of sweat in some basement bar, however its suites well a sunrise on a riverbank. The title track “Rare” is one of those quivering ballads, epic and opaque, more or less obliges you to sit and ponder. The album goes on delivering chiming fuzz folk ballads, the highlights being “Word” and “Focus”. Yet, the closer “Solid Morning” nearly had me winded after a short listen. A perfect composition of melody and patience, or maybe its the slide guitar, it always seems to get me. After the first listen I had a short (or at least it felt short) repeat session continuously playing this gemstone, possibly wrapping up around the fifth or sixth listen I think. Refined, and adequately admired, it is almost impossible to not sink into a moment, and let these waves massage your eardrums. Fortunately this album is offered in a Pay-what-you-want type deal, so for those sap suckled students incapable to purchase even a cup of coffee, you can now afford a short listen.
Tearjerker is a Toronto based electrocoustic artist that I’ve been enjoying lately. “Slip Away” is my fave but slow rock jams like “Wave” and “On Purpose” are nuthin to mess wit either. Quite calming. It’s cool to hear stuff like this coming out of Toronto. The rest of Canada is prone to assume that Toronto is the spawn of much more assuming, deliberate, and hence unnatural music. That of course is not true (all the time) and Tearjerker is an ideal example of quaint integral music coming out of what many I know mockingly call “the center of the world.”
Arguing With Everyone Volume Five
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Geniferus – I Know
Tearjerker – Slip Away
Moon – The Fish, The Bird
Ghibli – Honest Effects
Teen Daze – Waves
Gobble Gobble – Boring Horror (Sundance Remix)
Cocaine Barbie – 5
Tech N9ne – Worldwide Choppers Ft. Yelawolf, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Ceza, JL B.Hood, Uso, D-Loc & Twisted Insane
MF Doom – Ballskin
Kimya Dawson & Aesop Rock – Delicate Cycle
Techromancer – Straight Flush
Sugarglider – Could’ve It Been Me? (Demo)
Oh No! Yoko – 90s Kids
Ketamines – Line by Line
Hooded Fang – Green River
53 minutes of ecstasy. There are songs for summer nights and summer days packed tightly in here. As always, I take no responsibility for anything the rappers say and I apologize if you are offended. I am offended almost every time I listen to rap. This mix is nuts though. I’ve been pumping it all week. Enjoy it, my friendliez.