Suzanne Ciani is an electronic music innovator who worked with early synthesizers to create sound effects that have a special character which put them in a different solar system than other sound effect engineers working at the time. It’s clear from this video that she’s also an extremely cool and smart woman working at the cutting edge of her field and totally immersed in it. Her aura and her new age compositions both inspire me a lot. – JP, TOPS
Young Jackie expressing himself along to the groovy French Space-Disco band Space. They were one of the only non-soviet bands permitted to play in the USSR, because they all wore space suits and didn’t have any provocative or naughty lyrics. I find the music quite sexy, and Jackie too. Maddy turned me on to this one. – DVC, TOPS
Tasseomancy is led by sisters Sari and Romy Lightman. Their music taps into the mundane mysticism of diner meetings and pitch shifted Karaoke and driving to the woods in a minivan. Sari and Neil cut up footage of a Bauhaus ballet and made a video for this song that Romy wrote. They got everything right with this one. – R, TOPS
Pascale and Antoine – who make music as Mathematique and Dresden Dresses/Antoine 93 respectively – embody everything that makes the Montreal music scene so great. They’re extremely dedicated musicians and artists who bring tons of positive energy wherever they go and make time to play in other people’s bands and have fun while striving to make something totally unique and straight from the heart. This video isn’t the most recent thing either of them have done, but it’s my favorite. I especially love the way they capture the free spirited people of Montreal alongside the cities’ bleak snowy periods. A+! – JP, TOPS
Thought I would do a combo ‘shades of’ post. Loneliness and Change are deeply connected, two themes that are truly elemental and run throughout pretty much all of our music. – DVC, TOPS
Chill pimp video to vibe to. Sometimes I put this on and just wonder where this life is taking me. Usually ends in deep space. This song is Larry Aheard of it’s time. – DVC, TOPS
TOPS on the site, we are pretty excited to be leading the way today. In order to truly experience this takeover there is one necessary step to be taken. Open this air-horn sample in a separate tab and play it sporadically during or in-between any posts that we make throughout the day. You can try it out with one of my all time favourite songs ‘Modern Lovers’ by forgotten British new wave band Fay Ray. Check this girl’s voice out! – DVC, TOPS
Extremely psyched to have one of our favorite pop bands in the world right now taking over the site today: say hi to TOPS, whose new LP Picture You Staring — easily one of the best records of the year — is out this week on Arbutus. You can listen to that here, and stay up on all of the sweet posts TOPS have planned for you throughout the day here.