Exclaim! Class Of 2018: Fleece, Mayraki, Lost Cousins, Danielle Duval, Moscow Apartment

Exclaim! Magazine, Dan Burke/NeXT Shows and Ticketfly present: "Class 2018", a Canadian show series featuring a sample of the new year's most promising musical talent - artists who make the grade and deserve to graduate. Toronto show # 4 of the series features...

Fleece is a Montreal-based band that captures a unique take on the indie rock genre. Their music features psychedelic keys, wavy harmonies, groovy bass lines, slick guitar, and loads of delicious percussion.

Fleece is perhaps most known for creating a viral video titled "How To Make An Alt-J Song" (May 2015).

Their comical take on Alt-J's songwriting structure was purposed as a silly video for their Montreal fans. Hours after posting the video to Reddit, viewers around the globe shared Fleece content throughout the world wide web. The video currently has over 4 million views and has incidentally skyrocketed Fleece's fanbase throughout the world.

Through their combined humour and dedication to making music, Fleece continues to keep audiences pandering for more shows.

"The people I truly came to see were Mayraki. As soon as they had their gear set up, there was a definite change in energy in the room. I’ve seen them twice before, and they always throw a party wherever they go. Their music has obvious roots in soul, funk, and the blues with jazz flavoring drizzled all over it all and a classic hip hop, “you can’t **** with us but we aren’t here to fight, let’s party!” attitude that makes any sane individual want to jump around and cut loose. " - A Mayraki fan

Family isn’t always bound by blood. In the case of Lost Cousins it is bound through the kindred connection found in their distinct blend of psychedelic rock. Coming together as students in Kingston, ON, Dylan Cantlon Hay, Cam Duffin, Lloyd McArton and Thomas Dashney had humble beginnings at house concerts and basement performances, where they became known for their high-energy live shows and memorable songwriting.

Making use of gang vocals, delay-drenched guitars, and dreamy synthesizers, the four-piece continues to experiment with sonic boundaries and sprawling shifts in dynamics. Incorporating celestial textures and creative rhythms, the Toronto-based quartet combines influences from the past with soulful lyrics to create groove-oriented songs that feel both honest and alive.

Montreal-born/Toronto-based, indie rocker, Danielle Duval is excited to announce that her forthcoming sophomore album Lose It will be released on January 26, 2018. CBC’s q just announced the album details and shared a new track off the record titled “Subway Wall”, and days ago Duval and band wrapped up an in-studio “House Of Strombo” interview and live performance session that will air on January 29th, 2018 to coincide with the new album launch.Duval co-produced the album with renowned, award-winning, music producers Gus Van Go & Werner F (Arkells, Whitehorse,Wintersleep). Lose It features 10 melodic indie-rock tracks that are juxtaposed with the sounds, textures and addictive drive ofelectro-synth-pop music, with lyrics that cut straight to the heart. Gus, Werner, and Duval shared a common vision to combine and capture the swagger and grit illustrated by artists like LCD Soundsystem, T-Rex, and Joan Jett with the electronic new wave music made classic by bands like The Cars, Human League, and Blondie. The new record simultaneously maintains Duval’s unique edge as an indie-rock songwriter as it explores and incorporates the vast, dynamic layers, pulse, fast tempos, and catchy energy that new wave music provided in the late 70s to late 80s

Brighid and Pascale are 15 & 16-years-old, respectively. Obviously they've skipped a few grades to qualify for the Class series.

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