Mac Demarco

Mac Demarco

I like people to be confused, first and foremost. Is Mac DeMarco a child of Edmonton? No. While yes, we could unearth facts detailing his upbringing in our city’s limits the more poignant question ...

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Fall Breeze

Alma Haser

  Yes, those are origami sculptures hiding the faces of photographer Alma Haser’s subjects in her latest photo series, Cosmic Surgery. The Cosmic Surgery photos are created in two stages. First, Haser takes a photo of her subject and prints it. She folds that printed photo into an origami ball (known in Japanese as a kusudama or “medicine ball” structure). She then takes a second portrait with the paper kusudama suspended in front of her subject’s face, concealing the subject’s identity. The result is unsettling and strange. Why go to all that trouble to achieve an effect which could probably be closely imitated in Photoshop? Haser enjoys the process. “What is art or photography if you can’t use your hands?! That’s my initial thought. The best part of my work, and the bit I enjoy the most is the ‘making.’ I am very hands on, and always have been. I don’t see the point of spending hours on the computer, when you can perfect everything before you even look at it on Photoshop.” Much of Haser’s work involves labour-intensive manipulation of physical materials. She cuts and pastes her photos (IRL), folds them, and presents them in odd little pop-up books.

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Young Magic

Aptly self-described as “gold dreamers, aspiring planet wanderers, silk sounders,” Brooklyn-based electronic music duo Young Magic revel in their own unique soundscape. Rhythmic electronic beats lay the foundation for light as air vocals that waft through the listener. Beginning as a solo project of Australian producer Isaac Emmanuel in New York in 2010 Young Magic expanded the following year with the addition of Indonesian vocalist Melati Malay. After releasing a series of 7” in 2011 the pair ambarked on their first world tour. Those not familiar with the band may still have unwittingly heard their music. Canadian band Purity Ring sampled Young Magic’s “You With Air” on their 2012 single, “Grandloves”, prompting a collaborative international tour later the same year. “It was amazing. A lot of fun,” says Malay. Both of Young Magic’s albums have been recorded in fragments in several countries across the globe. Their debut LP, Melt, was laid down in diverse locations such as Australia, North America, Europe and Central and South America. Released in February of 2012, Melt is an exuberant first offering from the pair with catchy rhythmic beats forcing a toe tap at first listen. The record has an unmistakable air of excitement. Bass

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It has been five years since we heard La Roux’s emotionally charged synthpop. With indisputable hits like “In for the Kill” and “Bulletproof”, along with a 2011 Grammy win for Best Electronic/Dance Album, some wonder why it’s taken the UK duo so long to follow up on their success. Setbacks like the controversial departure of long-time producer/collaborator Ben Langmaid and frontwoman Elly Jackson’s stress-induced vocal troubles help explain the delay. Now a solo act, La Roux is poised for a new horizon with the 2014 release of its new album, Trouble in Paradise. We caught up with Elly Jackson in Montreal to hear more about where she’s been, why she’s been gone and the process of her new album. G—Welcome back to Montreal. Elly Jackson—Thank you. It’s nice to be back in Canada. I love being here. It feels very homey for some reason. G—How does it feel to be back from your hiatus? Do you want to call it a “hiatus”? EJ—Everyone keeps calling it a hiatus, but I didn’t go anywhere. It definitely wasn’t an intentional hiatus. It was just to make sure the record is right. G—Five years. EJ—Everyone keeps saying that, but I didn’t start making

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“It’s a dramatic zone for me,” the singer-songwriter Sean Nicholas Savage told me via Skype from a flat in London, England. The zone in question is Montreal, the incubating environment that houses his label Arbutus Records and the now defunct loft venue Lab Synthèse, the Mile End melting pot that helped spawn such artists as Grimes, Braids, Blue Hawaii and TOPS. It’s also the city that has inspired the many tales of romantic despair and joy that reside in Savage’s prolific musical catalogue (he has released 11 albums since 2008). His songs can occasionally be read as misremembered AM radio classics, an alternate reality hit parade where his reedy, delicate voice is the clarion call for a generation. His greatest skill is his ability to convey universal truths in profound yet eminently understandable ways. Many of his choruses could be mantras or maxims for today’s lovelorn youth. That’s part of what has made Edmonton-born Savage an underground legend in Canada’s independent music community. He’s nobody’s secret now. In the past two years, Savage’s fame has grown exponentially. 2014’s Bermuda Waterfall and 2013’s Other Life are his first albums to receive major media attention, garnering positive reviews from publications such as

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Brody Dalle

It has been five long years since we’ve heard from Brody Dalle. In 2000 she crashed onto the scene fronting Aussie punk band The Distillers. A brief go-around with her second band, Spinerette, followed in the late 2000’s and that’s the last we heard. Until now. In April of this year she broke the silence with her first solo album, Diploid Love. G—What did you take from punk? BD—The energy and intensity. It’s dirty, loud and it doesn’t give a fuck. There’s just something about it that got me from the start. G—I think the “just don’t give a fuck” is what comes across most. As a woman in punk you almost have to give a little less of a fuck because you’re kind of marginalized and seen as something to look at rather than someone who contributes. BD—Yeah, or you’re not given a chance. But honestly, I have not felt that way for so long. In the early days we’d get up and play, but I’d get off on people giving me that kind of look. It would fuel the fire. These days I don’t really experience that too much. G—With you branching out solo on your own, do

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