The Top 30 MTL Songs of 2012

Here are the very best songs Montreal had to offer this year. This list is completely arbitrary and based on the whims of those who assembled it, as is the case with any list. Song preferences subject to the ever-changing moods of chief compiler/commentator Erik Leijon.

Today’s Sounds: Sun Airway

Surreal and psychedelic are the descriptors being tossed around in an effort to capture the washed-out levity of the Philly duo’s sound. Surreal suggests that the songs are packed with non-sequiturs or ill-fitting marriages of sounds, while psychedelic implies that this is drug music, with ties to ’60s and ’70s rock. Neither is true, though there’s no doubt that this record would make a nice meal for your ears on soft or hard psychedelics. My go-to adjective for this kind of sound is ethereal, but even that fails in this instance.

Today’s Sounds: Divine Fits

The first two Divine Fits tunes to be revealed to the world this summer were the debut single, “My Love Is Real,” and “Would That Not Be Nice,” sung by Boeckner and Daniel, respectively. They sound a lot like what you’d think a mash-up of their bands would produce: electro-fried glam rock bones wrapped tightly in a tense funk gristle.

Divine Fits: love it

By and large, supergroups rarely match the sum of their parts, but Divine Fits, a new band featuring Dan Boeckner (ex-Wolf Parade, ex-Handsome Furs) and Spoon’s Britt Daniel somehow manage to sound exactly the way you’d think a collaboration between these two titans of indie rock would. Most of the songs from their Montreal debut […]

Divine Fits’ Dan Boeckner on cities and supergroups

No one was too surprised when Wolf Parade parted ways. At Mount Zoomer and Expo 86 were good albums, but neither was as end-to-end exciting as Apologies to the Queen Mary was back in 2005. And when two very different side projects emerged, it was clear that the band’s primary songwriters, Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner, needed artistic outlets far apart from one another.