Soundcheck: Arcade Fire troll Coachella, new music from The Darcys, Owen Pallett, Chad VanGaalen and more

Listen to Record Store Day track from the Darcys

Toronto indie rockers The Darcys released a 22 minute instrumental track titled “Hymn For A Missing Girl” for Record Store Day this past weekend. I didn’t find any copies of the vinyl in Halifax, but there are 500 copies of the limited pressing out there. The song was inspired by the novel Cities of the Plain by American author Cormac McCarthy. If you like the song, add that book to your summer reading list. The track can be streamed below and will be available through iTunes on June 3.

Double decade party for Ottawa label

Ottawa based label Kelp Records turns 20 this year. The label started in a basement in Fredericton, N.B. in 1994. Run by Jon Bartlett, the label’s home base has been Ottawa for the past 15 years. Artists on the roster over the past two decades include The Acorn, Jim Bryson, New Country Rehab and Measha Brueggergosman. To celebrate the anniversary, Kelp is holding parties in Toronto (May 29) and Ottawa (May 31). Bands set to play the events include The Acorn, Jim Bryson, Evening Hymns, Andrew Vincent and more.

Dance along with Owen Pallett’s new video

We seem to have an Owen Pallett news snippet in every edition of Soundcheck recently. This week we mention him since he has a new video for “Song for Fix & Six” for your viewing pleasure.  Now excuse me while I go practice my ballet dance moves until his new album In Conflict comes out May 26.

Phat Dunk crash Arcade Fire’s Coachella set

Arcade Fire had fun with the opening of their headlining show on the second weekend of Coachella in California this past weekend. A fake Daft Punk, known as Phat Dunk, started off the show playing a slowed down version of “Get Lucky” before Arcade Fire lead singer Win Butler declared “What the fuck is happening? What is this? Seriously, come on!” before chasing them off stage. It was a great troll for a festival that attracts people who think they know everything about music, but know nothing at all as illustrated by Jimmy Kimmel last year.

Stream Chad VanGaalen’s new album

The new Chad VanGaalen album Shrink Dust comes out April 29 via Flemish Eye, but you can give it an early spin over at Exclaim. The 12 songs on the album were recorded at VanGaalen’s home studio, Yoko Eno, in Calgary, Alta.

Hamilton band’s first release in nearly a decade

Hamilton shoegaze band Sianspheric have a new 7″ record single coming out through the Noyes Records Singles Series, a subscription series from the Truro, N.S. based label. This marks the first release from the band in almost a decade featuring two new songs, “The Owl” and “Smokin Richie” that are derived from recordings over the past five years.

Free EP from Corey Isenor

Finally, if you’re looking for some nice instrumental tracks to listen to while studying for exams, relaxing or sleeping, check out the free EP Narcissus from singer-songwriter Corey Isenor. The six songs are influenced by Spring, that season that is supposed to scare the cold away and bring life to the earth after winter. The album can be downloaded for free via his bandcamp site.

Photo of the Darcys: Supplied/Zack Slootsky