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The Nils’ cult classic debut album to be reissued by Label Obscura

The Nils’ story has been described as a “Greek rock ‘n’ roll tragedy.” Forging a following in the mid ’80s with their melancholy punk-driven power-pop sound, the Montreal group became casualties of a record label deal gone bad, before spiralling into black holes of drug addiction and death. Despite languishing in legal limbo and quickly going out of print, The Nils’…   

Check out the video of Ummagma’s new single, ‘Lama’ (Robin Guthrie mix)

Here’s video of Robin Guthrie’s mix of ‘Lama’ features on the Ummagma “LCD’ EP. Pre-order the cassette/digital download over here: https://labelobscura.bandcamp.com/album/lcd. This video was directed by award winning Brazilian videographer Dimitry Uziel and produced by Coisas Que Pairam and features model Ka Uziel and himself, this was filmed in and near San Paolo, Brazil.

The Story of CHANGE OF HEART’s Smile

Although often working on a shoestring budget, the band released a string of excellent studio recordings, with their 1992 album Smile now recognized as one of the most important Canadian rock albums of that decade. Label Obscura is delighted to be able to finally release the album as originally intended: as a two-LP set. The story of how Smile came…   

Label Obscura to release limited edition cassette of new Ummagma EP, LCD.

Who says that you shouldn’t meet your heroes? Ummagma did and the result is a stunning remix that also acts as the lead single for their forthcoming ‘LCD’ EP. After Robin Guthrie heard their track ‘Lama’, which originally appeared on the band’s debut album ‘Antigravity’, mutual friends put the band and the Cocteau Twins multi-instrumentalist in touch. The result is…   

‘The Night And I Are Still So Young’ by The Heavy Blinkers set to be released on vinyl for the first time ever!

Described by Spin magazine as “one of the greatest bands you’ve (probably) never heard”, the Heavy Blinkers is a five-piece formed in 1998 by Jason Michael MacIsaac and a group of friends, including keyboardist and songwriter Andrew Watt and ethereal vocalist Ruth Minnikin. They are based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. By 2004, the intricate and tightly constructed chamber pop…   

Change of Heart ‘Smile’ Pre-order and Tour Details

Originally released twenty-five years ago this summer by Cargo Records, Smile is a sprawling, twenty-one song album which was recorded in early January, 1992 at Toronto’s Reaction Studios. Said album was originally envisioned to be released as a double record, much like many of the classic records that influenced its creation, including the Minutemen’s Double Nickels on the Dime and…   

Canadian folk/pop collective Sister Speak supports women’s voices through music

Canadian native and now San Diego, California-residing Sherri Anne is at the core of the collective Sister Speak, a folk-pop (and rock, blues, and world music) entity that creates warm, uplifting, and thought-provoking acoustic music.  Singer-songwriter Anne (vocals, guitar) is joined by drummer Lisa Viegas and at various points they have collaborated with other artists like Tolan Shaw (lead guitar,…   

Song Premiere: “Bedroom Fall” by Unbuttoned

Label Obscura premieres the new single, “Bedroom Fall”, by Canadian indie/experimental band Unbuttoned ahead of the summer release of second album, Liquid, via Round 4 Records.  The group has previously received support from illustrious publications like Vice, Noisey, Afropunk, Hypetrack, and more. Casey MQ, Kamilah Apong, Miles Gibbons,  and Alexei Orechin have returned to the independent music scene and continue to surprise even themselves in…   

Canadian electronic/synth-pop band Chances drops new song

Montréal, Québec-based electronic/synth-pop band Chances formed just last year, but the trio now seems like a sure thing with two radiant songs to its name. In late 2016, singer-songwriters and pianists Chloé Lacasse and Geneviève Toupin and drummer Vincent Carré took the risk of creating music together.  They started by sketching out a few songs and found the songwriting process…   

Canadian singer-songwriter Munroe spins into “Oblivion”

Hamilton, Ontario native and singer-songwriter Kathleen Munroe records under the moniker Munroe and now splits her time between Toronto and Los Angeles, working as a musician and fledgling actress. Like her restless travels, Munroe has also been exploring new ground musically.  She’s set to release her debut album, Oblivion, on June 16th.  On the 8-track LP she delves into a…   

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