I’ve written about the Canadian west-coast music scene before. I live in the Canadian west-coast music scene, so it’s more than exciting to find new talent in my very own city, Victoria B.C.. Daemon & Airdrie are a music-making dream-team. A couple with an open sense of boundaries, they know how to express themes of passion, love, loss, and everything in between.
“China Shop” is — forgive the possible pun — delicate. The sound matches the meaning: a plea to understand how to react to the delicate parts of someone else, of yourself, of love. The minimalistic instrumentation makes the swelling moments more poignant. The effected guitar line wavers, embodying hesitancy, before the track breaks open into a trippy darkness, soon to be smoothed by Marley Daemon’s soaring vocalization.
There is meaning in the way the video is shot, as well. Simply showing the duo in their own spaces, playing their instruments and sharing vocal duties (creating a sense not dissimilar to The XX), we see Marley Daemon in the light of the window, while Jesse “Airdrie” Thom is shot in a darker setting. The contrast is stark and powerful. The vocals wind and mingle to create dream-pop that floats above the electronic music genre.