The City Gates – ‘Checkpoint Charlie’

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Montréal shoegazers The City Gates tease new EP with the slow burner ‘Checkpoint Charlie’. It’s an expansive tune, shifting from introverted to anthemic. If The National decided to turn ‘gazey, I’d expect it would sound something like this! ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ is backed by the equally solid ‘Maddening Ride’, it’s the first from the foursome since 2013’s full length ‘Collapse‘. If you’re in Quebec, catch The City Gates live with The Stargazer Lilies this Friday at La Vitrola.

 
The City Gates – ‘Checkpoint Charlie’

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Traces – ‘Imaginary Life’

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Traces new EP landed this month featuring dense layers of swooning rock and melodic shoegaze. The Montreal trio (Richard, Kerri and Patrick), first got our attention with last year’s self-titled EP and their latest is another solid listen. ‘Imaginary Life’ delivers catchy hooks that aren’t over-baked and guy/girl vocals with plenty of variety. Jump in below…

Traces – ‘Imaginary Life’

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