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NEW ALBUMS by PRAISES & BREEZE — FREE on HDD’s BANDCAMP!!!

We’re closing out 2017 & moving on to 2018 with PRAISES – EP2 (Jesse of BELIEFS / YI) and
BREEZE – RECORD (Josh of BELIEFS & Kyle of THE SEAMS / WISH).

PRAISES is the solo project of Beliefs co-founder Jesse Crowe. Following the world-wide critical acclaim of Beliefs and the release of her first EP1 as Praises, Jesse Recorded EP2 at Toronto’s Candle Recording Studio with co-producer Josh Korody, Andrew Roy on bass, Robyn Phillips (Vallens) on guitar, and Laura Jane Beach on violin.

BREEZE started as a few sketches in the notebook of songwriter, producer, and engineer Josh Korody. Their dream-pop sound took form soon after with collaborators and friends Kyle Connolly and Shawn Dell joining the band. After a few weeks of rehearsals, the three went into Korody’s Candle Recording Studio in Toronto’s west-end with producer Leon Taheny to record a full length record in 2013.

https://handdrawndracula.bandcamp.com/album/record
https://handdrawndracula.bandcamp.com/album/ep2


WISH kick off 2015 with a video premiere of “Slacker,” directed by Luke McClutcheon, from their self-titled debut album via SPIN.

“”Slacker,” a highlight from last year’s self-titled album by Canadian dream-pop fuzzsters Wish. As dueling Yo La Tengo-esque guitars envelop Kyle Connolly’s washed-out vocals, the singer walks around an empty Aquarium of Niagara, gawking at the fish, cuddling with a sea lion, and at video’s climax, taking a dip in the deep blue himself.” ~ SPIN

Catch WISH this Friday, January 16th at Heretical Objects Cooperative’s opening night for Come Up To My Room, the 10-day annual alternative design extravaganza held at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.


 

DOOMSQUAD

“The ancient electronic sounds of Doomsquad are part new age, part experimental and entirely original. After releasing their 2014 debut, Kalaboogie, on Toronto’s Hand Drawn Dracula label, they’ve been building a slow and steady momentum. One day they will explode like 1,000 stars in the sky, and we’ll be there to say, “Told you so.”” ~ CBC Radio3

“A defiantly “album”-like album in an iPod era, Doomsquad’s full-length debut is a monument to bloodyminded strangeness: a free-flowing melange of creepy chants, druggy drones and lockstep beats that only truly betrays its greatness when consumed in a single, enchanting sitting.” ~ The Star

The 12 Most Underrated Canadian Albums of 2014 ~ CBC Radio3
Top 10 Albums of 2014 ~ The Star
Top Albums of the Year 2014 ~ Redefine Magazine
#1 of Top 30 Albums of 2014 ~ NOTED UK
Top 10 Toronto Albums ~ BlogTO
Top 25 Albums of 2014 ~ Silent Shout
2014 Album of the Year ~ Quick Before It Melts
2014 Top 20 Canadian Albums ~ Ride The Tempo
2014 Top 14 Canadian Albums ~ Photogmusic
2014 Favourite Albums ~ Culture Addicts
2014 Album of the Year ~ Telescope Media
2014 Top Ten Albums ~ Grayowl Point
Top 10 Music Videos ~ Disremember/Dismemberment ~ Silent Shout
Top 10 Album Covers ~ Kalaboogie ~ Silent Shout
100 Essential Canadian Songs from 2014 ~ Head Spirit (Four our Mechanical Time) ~ Wavelength

 

COUSINS

“the Halifax duo washes over you with a sound rich with texture and reverb ~ buzzing with garage-rock energy and layered with a California fuzz so warm that if you just rolled down the window, you could almost taste the salty air.” ~ CBC Radio3

#25 of 30 Best Canadian Albums of 2014 ~ CBC Radio3
Top 10 Albums of 2014 ~ The Star
Top 10 “Canada Rocks” of 2014 – Weaves’ List ~ Brooklyn Vegan
SUB POP Staff & Artists Best of 2014 ~ SUB POP
Le Top 2014 ~ BRBR
Top 20 Albums of 2014 ~ The Coast
FWBA Best of 2014 ~ Friends With Both Arms
NMC Staff Pick Top 10s of 2014 ~ National Music Center
2014 Albums of the Year ~ Telescope Media
2014 Albums of the Year Staff Picks ~ The Indie Blender
Best of 2014 ~ Stylus Magazine
2014 Albums of The Year ~ The Newspaper
2014 Top 14 Canadian Albums ~ Photogmusic
2014 Top 20 Canadian Albums ~ Ride The Tempo
Albums and Songs of 2014 – Dan Mangan’s List ~ Drowned In Sound
2014 Staff Picks ~ The Record Exchange

 

WISH

“Drawing on all the right influences, yet still maintaining originality, Wish are a tasteful band and one to look out for in 2015.”
~ The 12 Most Underrated Canadian Albums of 2014 ~ CBC Radio3
#90 of Top 100 Canadian Songs of 2014 ~ CBC Radio 3


WISH “All The Time” video premiere on IMPOSE Magazine. Filmed at Toronto’s Silver Dollar & The CNE by director Scarlett Rose.
Featured : EXCLAIM! + CMJ (US) + GOLD FLAKE PAINT (UK) + BROOKLYN VEGAN + SOUNDS BETTER WITH REVERB (AU) + INDIENATIVE (JP)

“Scarlett Rose’s video catches Kyle, Peter, Emily, and Josh performing within the multiple kaleidoscopic frames, combining the illumination from the neon bathed carnival attractions with the low-lit glow of stage lights.” ~ IMPOSE

10/22/14 Brooklyn NY : Palisades – CMJ / HDD Showcase
10/18/14 Toronto ON : Lee’s Palace w/ The Wooden Sky, Absolutely Free
10/17/14 Toronto ON : S.H.I.B.G.B.S w/ Dilly Dally
10/08/14 Hamilton ON : The Casbah w/ Jaunt


WISH premiere their new video for “Nothing To Say”, directed by Dylin North, on FADER.

Featured: CMJ (Track of the Week), WILD Magazine, Exclaim Magazine, BAST (DK), IndieNative (JP)

“Watch a Hallucinogenic Video from Toronto Four-Piece WISH – With drawled vocals and gently muddled guitars, it’s the kind of stoned, comforting rock song easy to zone out to” ~ FADER
 
09/27/14   Toronto ON : White House w/ Zones, Animai
09/25/14   Toronto ON : Lee’s Palace w/ The Dandy Warhols
09/18/14   Montreal PQ : POP Montreal @ Balattou w/ Country
09/13/14   Hamilton ON : Supercrawl w/ Petra Glynt, Beliefs
09/11/14   Toronto ON : The Horseshoe w/ Dirty Nil


WISH | WISH | HDD036 | BUY HERE

WISH‘s self-tiled debut album premiered on CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND, EXCLAIM!, and earned a NNNN review in NOW Magazine so far! WISH will be released August 26th via Hand Drawn Dracula

“Their unbridled and spontaneous blend of psych rock and dream pop drew on everyone from Neu! to King Khan, Pavement to Meat Puppets. – Hiding under all that fuzz are jagged alt rock riffs, glowing pop harmonies, punkish snarl, bits of prog rock grandeur, and specks of the blues and industrial.” ~ CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

“self-titled debut perfectly balances psych, pop and shoegaze. It’s dramatic and spacey (the fade in and out of instrumental track Frances In Space sounds like Spiritualized), while Connolly’s vocals are paradoxically crisp and lo-fi, like Bradford Cox’s in Deerhunter.” ~ NNNN / NOW


WISH “Retro Grade” directed by Henry Sansom & James Mejia. WISH debut out 8/26 // BUY HERE

“Toronto band WISH play stripped-down psych rock, and on “Retro Grade,” they manage to stuff a lot of spacey jamming into a two and a half minutes. The track appears on the band’s upcoming self-titled debut, and you can hear it in the video below, which also gives you a good look at the lyrics and the band themselves.” ~ STEREOGUM

08/19 Toronto ON @ Garrison w/ Grooms, Hooray for Earth
09/11 Toronto ON @ The Horseshoe w/ Dirty Nil
09/13 Hamilton ON @ Supercrawl w/ Petra Glynt, Beliefs


 
WISH out August 26th | HDD036 | BUY HERE

When we made WISH‘s “Retro Grade” music video, we also made three alternate versions featuring each member of the band… watch the Josh Korody, Emily Bitze, and Peter Gosling versions below. “Clearly, one of the band members is a bit more excited about the shoot than the others” ~ EXCLAIM!

“Retro Grade” (featuring Kyle Connolly) premiered on STEREOGUM, EXCLAIM, INDIE88, and Australia’s iconic RAGE TV.