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Picture You Staring gathers strength through intimacy. Self-written, recorded, produced, and the result of 12 months holed up in Arbutus Records’ Montreal office-space turned studio, this album contains 12 impeccable examples of pop craftsmanship that will reward repeat listeners.

Singer Jane Penny gives a voice to the silent girl at the edge of the circle, disillusioned but honest and unpretentious, a tone complemented by David Carriere’s seamless guitar playing and the measured drumming of Riley Fleck. TOPS’ songs are delivered with a cool restraint that blend with the individuality and self-assured desire of their female lead.

LA-based painter Jessica Dean Harrison created the artwork especially for the release. It is a conceptual interpretation of the record’s title, continued in a large poster depicting a group scene, included with the purchase of a vinyl record. If you’d like to learn more about Riley, pre-order the album on iTunes and you will receive an informational PDF created by his bandmates that depicts his growth and development into a man. Or pre-order the cassette, CD or Vinyl here (record pre-orders come in Coke bottle clear).

Picture You Staring is out September 2th (in North America) and September 8th (in UK/Europe) on vinyl, CD, cassette and digitally.

(vinyl pre-orders come in limited edition coke bottle clear!)

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Blurring the boundaries between indie music, filmic orchestration, and electronic music, Lydia’s debut ‘Right From Real’ thrives on haunting melodies and draws inspiration from a wide range of musical sources – Verdi’s Requiem, Ace of Base, Bulgarian Choirs, Bernard Herrmann, Tones on Tail, Art of Noise… just to name a few. This unexpected marriage of influence flows throughout much of Lydia’s previous work which features use of voice sampling and string arrangements woven into a unique pop fabric.

Right From Real is out September 30th, 2014 on vinyl, CD and digitally.

PRE-ORDER CD / VINYL: bit.ly/1ym8SjL
(Vinyl pre-orders come in limited edition Malachite green!)
PRE-ORDER DIGITALLY: bit.ly/1juplz5


Arbutus X Cascine in Toronto!


Tickets here!



TOPS – “Sleeptalker”

TOPS’ “Change Of Heart / Sleeptalker” 7″ is now out! Listen to “Sleeptalker” above, and watch their “Change Of Heart” video – as well as purchase digitally or physically – here: http://tinyurl.com/l844bek.

Check out the above video for Kool Music 6′s “Hold On To Somewhere Lover”, directed by Vancouver based David Ehrenreich. Find this, and more, over at www.eprodux.com

“The video for Malachite is directed by my dear friend and long time creative collaborator Matthew Lessner and is choreographed by Propeller goddess and international Waacking champion Princess Lockerooo. Shot over a sweltering NYC summer weekend my friends pulled together their talents through a collective 105 degree trance. Only one one-of-a-kind Swedish camera was harmed (melted) but the footage was salvaged! Much love to everyone involved, the stray cats of Gowanus, and the full moon.”  -Lydia Ainsworth

Lydia Ainsworth’s debut EP Right From Real – Pt. I is out today. Catch her live on these dates:

June 12th | Montreal, QC | Picolo Rialto (Slut Island Festival)  – TICKETS
June 14th | Brooklyn NY | Shea Stadium (Northside Festival)
June 19th | Toronto ON | Edward Day Gallery (NXNE Festival)


Watch TOPS’ brand new video for Change Of Heart, a collection of footage they filmed while on tour in March 2014. The star studded video features appearances by Sean Nicholas Savage, Empress Of, Calvin Love, Moon King, Dylan III, and more!

They’ll be releasing a 7″ vinyl with tracks Change Of Heart and Sleeptalker, released June 23rd (digital) / July 14th (physical). Pre-Order it HERE.

Keep yr eyes out for an LP to follow in the autumn, and catch them at the following shows

June 12th, 2014 | Montreal, QC – Picolo Rialto (Slut Island Festival) – TICKETS
July 19th, 2014 | Toronto, ON – Wrongbar (Arbutus x Cascine Showcase) – TICKETS
July 30th, 2014 | Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall (Blood Orange Support) – TICKETS

May 31st | Brooklyn NY | Industry City Courtyard (Rooftop Films Festival)
June 12th | Montreal QC | Piccolo Rialto
June 14th | Brooklyn NY | Shea Stadium (Northside Festival)

Lydia Ainsworth’s Right From Real – Pt. I is out on June 10th on Arbutus Records. Pre-Order HERE

Director / Cinematographer: Angus Borsos
Starring: Sean Nicholas Savage
Concept: Angus Borsos & Sean Nicholas Savage


May 15th | Berlin DE | Privat Club
May 16th | Aarhus DK | Pop Revo Festival
May 17th | Rouen FR | Mythomania / Le 106
May 19th | Bruxelles BE | Grand Salon (Nuits Botaniques)
May 20th | London UK | Dalston Rooftop Garden (Café Oto)
May 21st | London UK | Oval Space *
May 23rd | Metz FR | Trinitaires @
May 24th | Utrecht NL | Ekko (Le Guess Who Festival)
May 25th | Laval FR | River boat show (3 Elephants Festival)
May 26h | San Sebastian SP | DABADABA Club
May 27th | Lisbon PO | Lux *
June 3rd | Paris FR | Petit Bain (back upper deck show)
June 5th | Barcelona SP | Estrella Damm’s Old Factory (Vida Festival)
June 7th | Marseille FR | La Friche rooftop show
June 8th | Marigny Brizay FR | Manoir de Lavauguyot vineyard show
August 16th | New York NY | Summerstage NYC %
* with Owen Pallett
@ with Chain and the Gang
% with Blood Orange

Bermuda Waterfall is out now on CD, vinyl and worldwide digital and available here.

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Arbutus is teaming up with Company Etc to bring you a live double LP titled Overseas, out June 24th! If you’re lucky enough to catch the brothers on tour in Europe with Jerry Paper and Mac DeMarco, you can get your hands on a copy of the LP as soon as tonight!

May 9th | Rotterdam NL | Poortgebouw *
May 10th | Oslo NO | Revolver*
May 11th | Copenhagen DK | Jazzhouse *
May 13 | Marburg DE | Kafe Trauma *
May 14th | Brussels BE | DNA *
May 15th | Amsterdam NL | Melkweg ^
May 16th | Paris FR | Le Trabendo ^
May 17th | Nantes FR | Stereolux ^
May 19th | Brighton UK | The Old Market ^
May 20th | Glasgow UK | Mono ^
May 21st | Manchester UK | Sound Control ^
May 22nd | London UK | Koko ^
May 24th | Berlin DE | Bi Nuu ^

* with Jerry Paper
^ with Mac DeMarco