Here at Birthday Cake For Breakfast, we like to get to the heart of what an artist is all about. We feel the music they listen to is just as important as the music they make.
With the year coming to a close, we’ve decided to turn it on its head a bit and ask some of our favourite artists what releases from this year they’ve been raving about. With that in mind, we’re chuffed to have Kyle Knapp of Toronto outfit Deliluh talk us through their favourite releases from the past 12 months.
“This one’s been on repeat for me since we played with Hélène this summer. She’s previously collaborated in notable Montréal bands PHERN and Moss Lime. Her solo debut nods to some of the styles of those groups, but with a more direct edge. The vocal and guitar hooks of every song interact in a natural and provocative way. Wicked songwriting/stacked album.”
Flore Laurentienne’s album Volume 1
“Another great record from Montréal. Dramatic string arrangements and vintage synths culminate into a super satisfying and cinematic play through. Not sure on much of the backstory, which sort of adds to the appeal for me at this point. Listening in full feels like watching an old film, full of tension/release and completely different moods. And when the ‘Fleuve’ theme returns, it’s one of the best bookends I’ve heard in a long time.”
Cares’ album Control Isn’t Real
“Insanely talented electronic act from Toronto. Seeing Cares perform at Electric Eclectics Festival in 2018 is still one of the heaviest sets I’ve witnessed in years, and the album that dropped last month rips. Violence contrasts with the serene to make for very dark dives. Definitely worth keeping an eye out, he’s one of the more dangerous artists in the field.”
“This band cranked out some amazing EPs a number of years ago, and then fell off the map. I never got to see them live (still haven’t), but we’d frequently play them in our van touring through Canada. It’s great to hear them come back with such a mature sound, without sacrificing the grit. The first 5 seconds of ‘Flat White’ made it an instant classic off the jump for me – unreal guitar tone. Nice to see Constellation Records dropping something this dirty too.”
“Maybe the most inspiring thing I listened to all year (thanks Jude), so tossing it in here even if it’s not technically an album. W.G. Sebald reads from his novel Austerlitz, accompanied by a selection of minimal arrangements and musical excerpts. Sebald’s voice is deep and rich, and the clarinet piece by Blue Lake counterpoints as a returning motif, luring the listener back into the character’s charming disposition before falling into unease. Sebald died two weeks after the reading – so beautiful to hear this document within a musical context.
Also, Time Is Away is definitely a program worth checking out. We listened to it a bunch on the road this fall.”