If you haven't yet heard of Toronto-based project Bernice, now's your chance to get onboard. Though they've been performing actively since 2010 and have already released a full-length as well as an EP, the singles rolling off their latest EP, Puff, have gained them significant traction and recognition since the release of first single "St. Lucia" last year.
Bernice, whose ranks include members and collaborators of Owen Pallett, DIANA and Bahamas, are among the most interesting and underrated bands making music right now. Puff floats in the realm of dreamy synth-pop that slips effortlessly from late-night quiet to the dance floor. "St. Lucia," for example, by far the EP's most arresting track, takes a quiet bedroom pulse and wraps it in thick, warm synth distortion that pushes its way through as the beat expands. Singer Robin Dann pulls no punches with weighty, emotional lyrics ("David" is an ode to sadness, the name used to represent everyone and everything at once). Puff is beautiful, and not to be overlooked. (Arts & Crafts)