There is something decidedly mystical about HAERTS' story and it's reflected in their sound, a kind of elegiac but warm electro-pop, which is showcased on their debut EP, "Hemiplegia." Fittingly, you can almost narrate the band's entire trajectory via the personal astrology charts of its members -- an international constellation composed of Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert.
'Toronto's breezy synth-pop outfit DIANA began as a collaboration between drummer Kieran Adams and saxophonist Joseph Shabason, fixtures of the city's music scene who met while studying jazz at the University of Toronto (later, they played with acts including Warm Myth and Destroyer, respectively). Having written an album's worth of demos during a working holiday in the Canadian countryside, the pair recruited singer Carmen Elle, formerly of Spiral Beach and Army Girls, to lend some sweeter vocals to the project. The group finished recording in July 2012, and after posting some songs to SoundCloud, signed to Jagjaguwar Records. DIANA added another of Adams and Shabason's U of T classmates (and Hidden Cameras alumnus), Paul Mathew, to the fold before their debut, Perpetual Surrender, arrived in August 2013. Three years later, the group (minus Mathew) returned with second album Familiar Touch, which included singles "Confession" and "Slipping Away."' --Allmusic
Nicholas Krgovich is a 29-year-old Vancouver-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with NO KIDS, GIGI, P:ANO and MOUNT EERIE. He has been releasing records under various monikers since P:ANO's acclaimed chamber pop debut "When It's Dark And It's Summer" in 2002, which has led to his work with the girl group-inspired GIGI, the icy displacement of the r'n'b informed NO KIDS and most recently to the singular pop dreams released under his full legal name NICHOLAS KRGOVICH. Even though the material is often wildly diverse there is a unmistakable sense of Krgovich's deep commitment to exploring the endless possibilities of pop, a discerning ear for sonic detail and quite often an ambition that wilfully borders on the absurd.
With songs that owe as much to the Great American Songbook as to perennial favourites like Sade, Prefab Sprout and The Blue Nile, Krgovich has been spinning rich compositions out of obsessions with Old Hollywood grandeur and Mullholland Drive-style mystery, which create a dreamland where palm trees cast impossibly long shadows, courtyard swimming pools glow at night, and washed-up movie stars haunt the streets looking for love. With a musical universe comprised of intricate vocal melodies, lush orchestrals, layers of analog synths, slinky funk guitars and tight rhythms of both the human and inhuman variety, Krgovich has been busy putting the finishing touches on his upcoming solo debut LP titled "THE LONG HOLLYWOOD BEAT" due for a Fall release this year.