EastScene: HAPPY TRENDY release party for "Die Young"

Porto, Portugal 11/30/11 (via Facebook)

Very rarely, we see hear new releases his time of year. It's a chicken-or-the-egg thing: arts & culture media are busy compiling year-end "best of" lists, and record labels push to get the year's releases out before this occurs. Not to mention the holiday cheer, and the holiday food that ultimately gets the best of us for a lazy until we make that New Year's resolution to lose the extra pounds.

The exception is Edmonton's Dylan Khotin-Foote, melting hearts under his HAPPY TRENDY moniker. Khotin-Foote lessens the somewhat post-punk, monotonous tone of his vocals with happy (couldn't help it) tambourines, whistles, and handclaps. Imagine a less eerie Chris Greenspan (oOoOO)... underwater. Bubbly, distant, bliss.

After returning from a couple weeks in Europe with Foxes In Fiction, the touring duo trudge on. (The latter will be teaming up with Ricky Eat Acid in 2012). Digital copies of HAPPY TRENDY's Die Young EP became available over a month ago, and can be streamed, downloaded, and/or purchased via bandcamp.