Today’s Sounds: Majical Cloudz

The new EP by Majical Cloudz, aka Montrealer and former Pop Winds dude Devon Welsh, plus Julia Holter takes on Fleetwood Mac and fellow Californians Allah-Las go all Early Bird on us.

Pop Montreal day 4

Well, daytime rain put the kibosh on Audioblood’s Cult MTL-co-sponsored showcase, Bonsound’s Ubisoft rooftop gig and the Arbutus BBQ (did Kids Pop get cancelled too?), but at least the latter two were moved indoors and there were cool bands playing at Divan Orange, not to mention basketball with records, organ, a two-song halftime set with David Byrne backed by Arcade Fire at Pop vs. Jock. (The jocks won, just barely. Win Butler totally bitched out the ref.)
Here’s what Lorraine Carpenter, Erik Leijon, Darcy MacDonald and Emily Raine got up to after dark.

Majical Cloudz pushes singing to the fore

You may have noticed Devon Welsh’s songwriting alias as a featured credit on Grimes’s “Nightmusic” — for which he provided the synth melodies — or perhaps you’re well acquainted with his old band, manic sax ’n’ synth tricksters Pop Winds. Either way, go check out his latest statement-making single, the shockingly gut-wrenching ballad “Turns Turns Turns,” and rest assured that’s how you’ll remember the Arbutus crewmate from now until his next album drops.