With their ethereal two-part harmonies, inventive melodies, and dark psychedelic influences, Tasseomancy’s masterfully crafted songs offer a unique twist on folk-rock. The Toronto duo blends the woodsy, folk-influenced harmonies of First Aid Kit, the psychedelic vibes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and the weaving melodies of Laura Marling into rare and dreamy nu-folk perfection. The sisters, Sari and Romy Lightman, debuted two new tracks this week: the eerie and ghostly “Grass Harp” stays true to the duo’s Doors-inspired trademark sound, while “Braid. Wind Is Coming” is relatively more poppy and moving. Tasseomancy has not scheduled any upcoming gigs since their December 2014 show at Lee’s Palace, but their Facebook page promises new music and shows for this year, so stay tuned!
CHECK OUT: “Grass Harp”
Young indie-rockers The Beaches began as a teeny pop-rock band that was regularly featured on Family Channel (Done With Dolls, anyone?), but despite still being in high school, this all-girl ensemble has matured into a a formidable rock band that draws heavily on influences like The White Stripes and Patti Smith. Their songs are anthemic and hooky, but with a rough and angsty teenage-edge. Made up of two sisters and their school friends (they are all under the age of 20, FYI), The Beaches have already seen a fair amount of success, gaining enough recognition to play NXNE, Osheaga, Riot Fest, and opening for Kings of Leon in Montreal in 2013. With the rise in popularity of all-girl bands like HAIM, The Beaches have created a dynamic that will only continue to gain momentum in 2015. They don’t have any gigs planned at the moment, but keep an eye out for their name on festival lineups this summer.
CHECK OUT: “Loner”
Ginger-Ale & The Monowhales
This colourful five-piece’s high energy synth-infused pop rock is infectiously reckless and rambunctious. Self-described “happy with screaming”, their combination of funky bass lines, infusing rock riffs, and the inclusion of psychedelic synth keeps the sound ridiculously fresh and interesting. On top of that, front woman Sally Shaar (whose vocals are essentially the love-child of Joan Jett and Gwen Stefani on dangerous amounts of Redbull) brings an unapologetic attitude and genuine vitality to catchy courses and cheeky verses. The Monowhales currently have their sights set on a new EP looking to be released summer of this year. Until then, the band has two shows in Toronto this month: March 12th at The ‘Shoe and April 25th at The Smiling Buddha.
CHECK OUT: “Too Late”
Toronto duo Moon King is set to release their debut LP on April 14th with an album release party at Smiling Buddha before tour dates in the US with Doldrums. Front woman Maddy Wilde’s cloudy and characteristic vocals are juxtaposed with the retro-futuristic dream pop vibes in their most recent release, “Apocalypse”. Though this new release points to a seemingly darker direction for the band, compared to previous perkier tracks like “Only Child”, the contrast between the almost surf-inspired upbeat melodies and the monotone synthetic hum that often typifies electro-pop creates colourful and engaging sound. Moon King is ideal for fans of Crystal Castles and this year’s Field Trip performers The War On Drugs.
CHECK OUT: “Apocalypse”