It’s the beginning of the transitional period between seasons but we’re not ready to give up on summer yet. We’ve hand picked five electrosynth, dreamy songs to help guide you into fall while keeping that dream of summer alive.
GEORGE MAPLE – TALK TALK
Don’t let the fact that she has a man’s name fool you – Australia’s George Maple is the new queen of electro-soul. (Her real name is Jess Higgs btw.) Talk Talk sees her using her lustrous vocals over a lushly minimal, downtempo beat. Like Jessie Ware and AlunaGeorge before her, she’s about to blow up.
HAERTS – GIVING UP
Nina Fabi (channeling Stevie Nicks) fronts this exciting Brooklyn electropop band. Giving Up is a perfectly crafted pop song complete with airy synths and soaring vocals. Check out the video below showing the tune’s lyrics scrawled in shimmering gold paint across the lead singer’s body.
FMLYBND – YOUNG WILD
After a hiatus to reformat the band, this California “electronic grunge” band’s latest single whips through the air with high energy, guided by a pulsing kick drum and anthemic loops and vocals. Two thumbs up for awesome.
FAE – RUOK
RUOK is the first release for this Danish duo, a track with dreamlike chord changes and building synth lines. Matilde Böcher’s voice effortlessly climbs towards that euphoric moment just after the four minute mark. Let this brilliant song take you away.
BROLIN – SWIM DEEP
Swim Deep is more of the subtle pop sound that Brolin has been recently exploring. The track remains delicate as his vocals float over pulsing hooks and synths. Brolin may be a masked man in photos but he’s not hiding anything when it comes to his musical talents.
After a little break, we’re back stronger than ever with our first Music Monday of the new school year. Like always, these four tracks, featuring four women, will guarantee a fresh squeeze to the week.
ARIANA GRANDE – BE MY BABY (FEAT. CASHMERE CAT) (EDIT)
She may very well be becoming the world’s biggest diva but Ariana Grande’s My Everything was one of our fave albums of the summer mainly because of this track. And now Cashmere Cat has edited his own production of the song to make it even better. Impossible? You tell us.
BILLIE BLACK X MURA MASA – THIS SIMPLE PLEASURE
She’s 19, he’s 18. Billie Black and Mura Masa are two British newcomers who recently collaborated to create this dark and soulful electronic pop-driven track. You’ll want to play it over and over and over again.
TOPS – WAY TO BE LOVED
We’re so lucky to be based in Montréal. Anyone who knows anything knows that the city consistantly creates some of the best music to come out of North America and TOPS‘ new album Picture You Staring is no exception. Way to Be Loved pits Jane Penny’s enchanting voice vs. the mesmerizing guitar licks of David Carriere. Two thumbs way up.
SHURA – JUST ONCE
Shura’s Just Once will linger in your head well after you’re done listening to it, and for good reason. The bubbly electronics and soft synths seem to endlessly bounce as if the track will never end. We dare you to try to listen to it “just once.”
The first challenge in our Garage BTS Photo Contest is done and we have a winner! We had over 1,000 entries (you girls are THE BEST) and it was near impossible to choose a winner because EVERY SINGLE PHOTO ROCKED! But we had to pick someone. So congratulations to Jessica Lemos!
We collected the best finalists from all of the entries for a little photo gallery below. Find yourself and brag to your friends! Don’t forget the 2nd challenge Just Chill is already up and runnin’ so start snappin’ pics and tagging them #GARAGEXCHILL! Read More
All good things must come to an end, summer 2014 included. It sucks. We know. But until September shows up, we’re going hard and getting the most out of summer. Check out what’s good this week in the cities where you can find Garage stores.
Take it easy before back-to-school by floating down the Elbow River. An inflatable raft and a group of your closest friends are all you need to get in on this classic Calgary summer activity. You can even rent a raft if you don’t have one kicking around (‘cause believe it or not, not everyone carries a raft around in their purse. Think of it this way: it could be your last chance to rock that super cute bikini before it’s too cold!
When: All summer long!
Where: Elbow River. Start at Sandy Beach in River Park, or try Stanley Park.
Price: Free if you have a raft; 4 person raft rentals are about $50 Read More
Whether you like it or not, the 90s are back so learn to sport the trend before all of the other cool kids. From hip hop inspired oversize proportions to sport detailing numbers and zippers, Garage’s new retroactive collection includes baseball tees, oversized boyfriend hoodies, varsity graphic sweatshirts and tanks, leggings and joggers. Nail this style and you got game, baby.
We’re caught in the rut that is Monday and the (almost) end of summer so what better than to celebrate the day with five love-won-love-lost Music Monday tracks. Four of these fresh tunes come from across the pond so share them with your friends to gain +10 popularity points.
KATY PERRY – BIRTHDAY (LE YOUTH EXTENDED REMIX)
On Friday, Katy Perry got her nose pierced and posted an Instagram video of the painful process for all to see. In celebration of Katy doing all that she can to remain young before she turns 30 this fall, here’s Le Youth’s great remix of her song Birthday.
SHANNON SAUNDERS – SHEETS
She’s 20, English, mad popular on YouTube and our crush of the week. Shannon Saunders just released her first song Sheets that’s had our office dancing all Monday morning. It’s a bouncy, love lament about losing a loved one but don’t worry Shannon, we’ll always love you.
BASTILLE – BAD NEWS
The Bad News = name of Bastille’s new track. The good news = you’ll love it! The band who released the biggest selling digital album of 2013 have promised a new release soon. More good news.
JUNIORE – LA FIN DU MONDE
French cowgirls Juniore’s newest release is what we can only call retro urban rodeo music. Did we just say that?! Well maybe it’s more like lo-fi pop country goodness. Hmmmm.
JESSIE WARE – SAY YOU LOVE ME
This is one of the year’s best pop songs so far. Seriously. Co-written by Ed Sheeran (who plays the guitar line) with (we think) Sam Smith’s Stay With Me in mind, it’s the best song to end this playlist because it’ll make you hit play again. And again.
Jeans are a staple in every girl’s wardrobe but choosing the right ones can be totally overwhelming. There are so many colours, shapes and fits it’s ridiculous. Here is our official guide to all things denim. We broke it down to three categories: wash, fit and how to create an awesome look. You have your own personal style, here is how to choose denim that is the perfect fit! Read More
WOWZA the summer went by fast. Don’t panic, summer obviously isn’t over yet, but for people like me with weirdo school schedules (starting school in August? Really Parsons?? Is that even legal???) it basically is. Which means *tear* (actually more like *SOB*) my internship at Garage is coming to an end. So to sum up my summer in two words: Best. Job. Ever. Ok maybe that was 3 words, but the “ever” part was truly necessary because I can’t imagine being happier at work than this. And I’m not just saying that because my boss is reading this (hey what’s up boss?). Here are some highlights from the summer: Read More
We gave you a 90s girl power playlist for Music Monday a couple weeks ago, so now it’s time for the boys. Swoon! Here are just some of the (hot) guys who made their mark on music history in the 90s.
NIRVANA – SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT
Who are they: An American rock band from Washington State. Kurt Cobain led the band, and Krist Novoselic played bass. They had a bunch of different drummers, but Dave Grohl stuck around the longest.
Fun fact: You can pretty much credit this band and the early-90s Seattle scene for the grunge look that’s so popular (again) this fall. Plaid, like good music, has staying power.