Yesterday may have been Canada Day, but the Sweet 16 polling in the Canadia bracket of Idle Time’s Tune Tournament kicks off today. Where our northern neighbors were concerned, the last round featured very little drama: four matchups and four blowouts.
The Sweet Sixteen round of Idle Time’s 2015 Tune Tournament opens in Scandinavia. Not surprisingly, all four songs vying for regional supremacy hail from the same Nordic epicenter of pop perfection. Yes, it helped that two-thirds of the bracket was Swedish. And there might have been a slight bias in the seeding.
There was one shut-out in the first round, and it happened in California. Top-seeded Chromatics lived up to the billing and “Cherry” took every single vote in its matchup against The Growlers. Maybe The Y Axes can prove to be tougher competition. “Neon Street” claimed a 94% blowout victory over Ariel Pink.
It’ll happen one day… A sixteen-seed will take down a top-ranked bracket goliath. But not today. Despite Death From Above 1979 drawing even in the polling against Drake’s top-seeded “Hold On,” the Canadian favorite pulled ahead late to keep his tournament dream alive. Drake moves on to face “Kaputt” after Dan Bejar’s schizophrenic first-round battle resulted in a narrow win for Destroyer over The New Pornographers.
Time for our northern neighbors to get in on the second-round action. First up is second-seeded Grimes with her Majical Cloudz supporting cast taking on Mac DeMarco’s “Passing Out Pieces.” This may or not mean anything, and I realize poll results are shown in percentages, but digging into the post-game statistics reveal that the first-round contest between DeMarco and Arcade Fire had the smallest number of responses of any of the polls. I’m not a betting man… but it seems like we might be looking at another Grimes blowout…
Nick Cave may have been the bracket veteran, but neither he nor his Bad Seeds were any match for third-ranked Tame Impala. “Eventually” moves on to face The Preatures and “Somebody’s Talking,” which pulled down an impressive 69% over Jagwar Ma.
Top-seeded Cut Copy demolished Electric Wire Hustle in their opening round contest, 95% to 5%. “Need You Now” looks to continue the Australia vs. New Zealand dominance as it faces off against Shocking Pinks and “What’s Up With That Girl,” which took an impressive 72% score over Flume & Chet Faker in round 1.
The first great upset in the 2015 Tune Tournament happened in the Scandinavia bracket when 14th-ranked Little Dragon took out the triple-headed Nordic threat of Röyksopp & Robyn. “Paris” took 85% of the votes and now matches up against jj, whose “All White Everything” had a similarly impressive 77% victory over First Aid Kit.
The first games in the second round tip-off today. First up, regional top seed The Knife, fresh off an impressive 83% victory over Darkness Falls, takes on Tomas Barfod. Barfod’s Nina K-assisted track “Busy Baby” muscled out a close 58% win over Say Lou Lou’s “Julian.”