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Picastro’s new music video is basically one long zoom through a snowy forest toward a screen on which the band performs the song Mirror Age – and yet it’s multi-layered. It’s a performance video – sort of – and a tribute to legendary Canadian artist, musician and filmmaker Michael Snow – again, sort of. Director Samuel Kiehoon Lee calls the video he made for the long-running experimental orchestral folk group, led by Liz Hysen, “Michael Snow in the snow.”
“On one level, it’s an homage to his much-heralded film Wavelength (1967). But if you look closely, you can see the musicians aren’t really playing their instruments. A video is a representation of the music for the music. Lip-syncing is pretend, and here the band pretends to be pretending. But the snow is real.”
Much like the band – made up of Hysen along with Nick Storring, Matthew Ramalo (Khora) and Germaine Liu – it’s strangely mesmerizing, drawing you in and simultaneously making you think about why.
Picastro play a release show for their new album, Exit, on January 12 with Fresh Snow and Colin Fisher at The Baby G. See listing.
Clairmont The Second is one of Toronto’s most perennially underrated rappers, but that might change with this new single and self-directed video. He goes hard in this one, with subtle g-funk undertones, a catchy hook and Solange-referencing bars. Biking through his neighbourhood, Clairmont spits like someone trying to get your attention. With a new album on the horizon, he should have it.
Sure, lots of us are still in a post-holidays haze, but it’s the new year and we have a new playlist full of great songs from Toronto artists. Listen below for new music from the Darcys, Orville Peck, Alice Glass, MorMor and others. Subscribe here for a new one every Friday, and don’t miss our 101 best Toronto songs of 2018 if you haven’t heard them yet.