2013 is gone….another one bites the dust. 2014 has so much in store for us. But before we move on we’d like to share with you guys the best live performances from Vancouver this year. The highlights for us were The Zolas’ intimate performance for charity, which included a super fun 1K Run to a beer garden. We also got into a sold out Of Monster and Men concert last minute only to be completely blown away by their performance and massive stage presence. And last but not least, my favourite underground rapper made his first appearance in Vancouver. Cormega absolutely gave the best lyrical performance I’ve ever witnessed, including an explanation of Mega’s Philosophy. Enjoy NoteNoted.com’s best of live performances from Vancouver 2013! More exciting performances to be noted in 2014!
The 1975 is getting noticed by everyone now. They are making big moves with tracks like “Sex” that capture the masses attention with an infectious chorus. They make songs that are meant for the outdoors, large fields filled with people singing along. Music festivals is where The 1975 would flourish. Here’s an interesting video remake of “Sex”, taking you on a journey between timeless lovers.
From taking a hit off an oxygen tank in a snakeskin jacket to discovering a mysterious VHS tape, Coco Morier’s official video for “Hallucination”, directed by Nick Ebeling, is a Lynch-ian inspired cinematic love story that finds itself surrealistically unfolding in reverse. The song is on Coco’s “Strangers May Kiss” EP and was co-written and produced by Pontus Winnberg and Christian Karlsson (Miike Snow) and Magnus Lidehäll.
Jungle’s hot new track and video for “Platoon” is downright awesome. First off, you’ve got an awesomely cute 6-year-old B-girl dancing to a smooth and infectious late-night summer track with hints of Breakbot, Metronomy, and a dash of – dare I suggest – Daft Punk, “Platoon” is so funky in the most unassuming way. Of course, though, the cute video is the highlight.
Swim Deep is making their way from the underground to the main stream with their catchy beats and surfer rock attitude. I have to say their my favorite new indie band and if you haven’t heard of them yet go check out their Soundcloud page to see what I’m talking about. Swim Deep just re-released the remastered album version of their definitely to be played on a beach single “King City”. Check out their contagious sound and get summerized below.
Here’s something fresh that I’m pretty sure nobody has heard of. Jaymes Young first mysterious introduction called “Dark Star” sheds some light on his already mysterious lifestyle. Digging deeper into singer Jaymes Young’s Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud pages reveals pretty much the same thing as this song….nada. “Dark Star” is equal parts dark and anthemic, lurching forward on its massive beat and mysterious ways.
First impression of Smallpools is this strange single cover. But don’t let that throw you off; Smallpools’ sound is anything but frightening or scary. “Dreaming” is a relentless piece of pop that recalls Passion Pit’s early days and is quite the uplifting Sunday track.
Josef Salvat’s soul-searching, dark sultry pop song “Hustler,” definitely has an understated production with a contrasting soaring hook and now has an equally matched dark sultry video. Following the song’s lyrics about a “hustler’s pain,” the video flashed through clips of Salvat contemplating his terrible ways in the shower with ever more striking, weird images.
“Her Favorite Song” from Mayer Hawthorne featuring guest vocals from one of the hottest artists out right now, Jessie Ware, and production by Oak of Pop & Oak ( Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Drake, Nicki Minaj) combine to make a great track. It’s got this new feeling yet slightly dated and even a catchy chorus. But something about this feels, unfortunately, a little soulless aside from the Jessie contribution. Even the concept feels outdated, but surely be loved by fans and perfectly palatable to anyone who hits play, it’s hard to imagine it being anyone’s favorite song though.
Cosmo Sheldrake latest track “The Fly” has many different layers of coolness, a funky rhythm that sounds like it could of been the child theme song from Game of Thrones and the Boondocks mixed together, and lyrics that are taken from a William Blake poem called “The Fly.” The finished product sounds a bit weird but nonetheless refreshingly different.