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Aug 03, 2022
Theo Vandenhoff is an Exclaim! Top Pick

Everything is better now that Theo Vandenhoff has been chosen as an Exclaim! staff pick... or to put it more eloquently 'Alles Ist Besser'.

That's right, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The A's, Aquakultre, The Deslondes and Kali Malone, we're stoked that Theo Vandenhoff's latest single was picked out by Exclaim! writer Sydney Brasil who said —

"If saxophone solos keep popping up in '80s-inspired synthpop, we'll be better for it. "Alles Is Besser" swallows you in Theo Vandenhoff's embellished contradictions, with the lead synth hook shining over the track's darker elements. His striking baritenor vocals surprise, yet make perfect sense within his ode to the history of the European underground. As Vandenhoff toys with singing in German on the choruses, he reminds you not to bottle up your feelings — even if it makes for some great dance floor catharsis."

Check out all the Exclaim! staff picks here.

Watch Theo Vandenhoff's Alles Ist Besser.

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Jun 23, 2022
Theo Vandenhoff's Blistering New Single 'Alles Ist Besser'

Building on the momentum from his debut EP, Heartache Is An Empty Room, Theo Vandenhoff returns with the blistering new single, 'Alles Ist Besser'!

Listen to Alles Ist Besser [SS117] now on bandcamp, Spotify or your preferred music service!

It's a frenetic and jaunty pop song that pays tribute to the early 80’s German EBM scene. Musically, Vandenhoff continues where he left off - Alles Ist Besser has a pure post-punk drive with huge drum machines and pulsating synth hooks providing the backdrop for squealing guitars and brass solos.

The track was recorded at Dining Room Studio (Toronto, Canada), produced by Jay Merrow and Theo Vandenhoff and mastered by Tom Nixon. The single art comes from Nick Tiringer.

Speaking ahead of the release, Vandenhoff explained -

"Alles Ist Besser is a song about how it is always better to express your negative emotions rather than suppressing them, written from the point of view of someone who has reached their boiling point from hiding their true feelings."

It's a struggle that any people pleaser knows all too well, and with this new release, Theo Vandenhoff surely aims to please! The music video for Alles Ist Besser will premiere on June 28th via Psychedelic Baby Magazine, so keep those eyes peeled!


This release was made possible thanks to the support of FACTOR Canada.

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Jun 23, 2022
Idious Carrie Celebrates 1 Year of 'O' With Special Performance

Well I never, if it isn't one year since Idious Carrie released the beautiful 'O'! I'm sure you'll join us in the celebration by searching for and following Idious Carrie on your preferred music platform, and giving the singles a spin!

The beautiful and heartfelt tracks, '9 Lives' and 'The World as a Loose Garment' are ageing like a fine wine. How time flies when you look back at music from this Toronto powerhouse of a scene.

Idious will be performing a very intimate house show tonight, Thursday June 23rd. If you want to come, drop us a DM on Instagram and we'll reveal the details.

AMAZONAS limited vinyl
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Jun 08, 2022
Bill Cutbill AMAZONAS LPs Ready To Ship

We'd just like to take a moment to thank everyone who made it out to the AMAZONAS LP release party at The Cameron House last week. Wow. It was a really special night of celebration, made possible by all the people involved including those who attended.

Our very own Provincial Parcs brought the stage to life with his incredible analogue visuals. If you've not checked it out already, listen to his debut jazz album, Scenic Equilibrium which we released last year!

Shout out to Idious Carrie, whose beautiful haunting melodies spun us right round. You can check out the most recent single here. Kiss Kali Die Die's solo performance also sent shockwaves through the atmosphere - how incredible to see such incredible performers lay it all on the line in such an intimate space.

Finally, Bill Cutbill and the Schmoozy Lighters brought the Amazon rainforest to Toronto for an hour or so, and from the feedback we've had people came away feeling something profound ~ "rise, shine, look around!"

And with that, AMAZONAS is now available on vinyl. Thanks to everyone who grabbed a record. If you didn't no fret, you can order it direct with us by messaging on Instagram @safesoundscollective for free delivery in Toronto or via bandcamp for international and Canada-wide postage. We also have a limited number of copies shipping from the UK (£20 all in), so again, get in touch with us or Bill directly to secure your copy.

This is the first ever commercial vinyl release on Safe Sounds! Don't worry, it just marks the beginning and we've got some very exciting release announcements to make in the next few weeks.

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Apr 18, 2022
Up Against the Wall Video Premiere at Psychedelic Baby Magazine

In our book, this isn't just any other Monday. Not at all. Why? Well of course.... it's the day that World News rise again, this time with a sparkling new music video for Up Against the Wall which is taken from the duo's New Era EP.

Yes, the great people over at Psychedelic Baby Mag, which is a killer place for independent music reviews and good stuff, are hosting the premiere — go watch it now.

You'll not want to miss this.... Up Against the Wall features Quentin Mitchell on a journey into an underground sub-universe littered with curious beings.

It was filmed and directed by Sam Maloney, who many will know as the guitarist and vocalist of psychedelic rock band, Kali Horse. Well she is also a talented filmmaker with a unique approach and vision; often using analogue cameras, Maloney has produced videos for some of Canada's most exciting up-and-coming talent such as Roy, Dart Mouth, Drago Dit Dragon and No Frills.

This track is taken from the New Era EP [SS116], which is available to stream everywhere. It was engineered by Tobin Hopwood (Possum) at The Oscillitarium, mixed/produced by Josh Korody (Breeze, Nailbiter) at Candle Recording Studios and mastered by Asher Gould-Murtagh (Mr. Joy, Zones).

We would like to take a minute to shout out the extended cast for World News' Up Against the Wall — Adam Hanrahan, Cassandra Ellen, Desiree Das Gupta, Julie Sullivan, Olivia Cox, Ryan Bembridge and Sinéad Bermingham. This would not have been possible without you.

So yeah, what are you waiting for, check out the video now!

Releases

'Alles Ist Besser [SINGLE]' artwork
SS117
Theo Vandenhoff Alles Ist Besser [SINGLE]
'New Era [EP]' artwork
SS116
World News New Era [EP]
'A Message for the Kids [REMIX SINGLE]' artwork
SS115
World News A Message for the Kids [REMIX SINGLE]
'Scenic Equilibrium [LP]' artwork
SS114
Provincial Parcs Scenic Equilibrium [LP]
'Juice Opinion / Fake News [DOUBLE A]' artwork
SS113
Your Grandad Juice Opinion / Fake News [DOUBLE A]
'O [DOUBLE A]' artwork
SS112
Idious Carrie O [DOUBLE A]
'Heartache Is An Empty Room [EP]' artwork
SS111
Theo Vandenhoff Heartache Is An Empty Room [EP]
'Confetti and... / A ↝ B [DOUBLE A]' artwork
SS110
RUM DO Confetti and... / A ↝ B [DOUBLE A]
'Descenending [REMIX SINGLE]' artwork
SS109
World News Descenending [REMIX SINGLE]
'AMAZONAS [LP]' artwork
SS108
Bill Cutbill AMAZONAS [LP]
'Gather [EP]' artwork
SS107
Loji Gather [EP]
'The Chosen [EP]' artwork
SS106
World News The Chosen [EP]
'Black Cat [REMIX SINGLE]' artwork
SS105
World News Black Cat [REMIX SINGLE]
'Joy Ride (and then I wake up) [SINGLE]' artwork
SS104
Bill Cutbill Joy Ride (and then I wake up) [SINGLE]
'A Bit More Mellow Back Then [REMIX SINGLE]' artwork
SS103
World News A Bit More Mellow Back Then [REMIX SINGLE]
'Why [EP]' artwork
SS102
RUM DO Why [EP]
'lay down, lovers [EP]' artwork
SS101
RUM DO lay down, lovers [EP]