This week’s releases are excellent! We begin with album number 2 from BC JUNO nominee Shawn Hook, Analog Love, a fabulous pop album. It contains his charting single “Million Ways” plus current Top 40 hit “Sound of Your Heart”. The rest of the album is fantastic too, so much so that Perez Hilton has compared him to Justin Timberlake! Mac Demarco’s cohorts under Walter TV release the quirky Blessed. Seoul hails from Montreal; album I Become a Shade is easily one of the year’s best alternative works – smooth vibes, catchy writing, lush electronic arrangements.
In the realm of R&B, while the Weeknd is receiving all the attention, it is 5-time JUNO nominee (and a Grammy nominee too apparently) Tamia from Windsor, Ontario who has completely floored us with her latest album, Love Life. Even if R&B is not your cup of tea, we are confident that the amazing songwriting and delivery on this will knock your socks off. Shoegazers will dig More Faithful from Montreal’s No Joy. London, Ontario’s Ivory Hours did really well on the CBC Searchlight competition; the pop-rock band releases album Morning Light.
Beautiful singer-songwriter LP, They Killed Us, with strong emphasis on acoustic piano, comes from Waterloo, Ontario’s Will Currie and the Country French. Salmon Arm, BC’s Dan Bremnes follows up his earlier EP with full-length Where the Light Is. Dan’s genre of choice is inspirational or “contemporary Christian” pop. The music is very beautiful and uplifting with great writing and vocal delivery. Montreal’s Toast Dawg contributes an EP with Brazivilain, Vol. 2. While classified as “hip hop”, there is not much rapping on this. It is more of an instrumental electro work with lots of beats and is great for adding some atmosphere.
Best music week of the year!