From the beginning of the year to the spring equinox, a whole bunch of Canadian music was released to make our ears happy. Just in terms of LPs, there were 128! We have listened to everything and settled on our picks. These winter 2015 releases of albums, EPs, songs, and MVs were the ones we couldn’t get enough of and are happy to share them with you.
In terms of LPs, the Portrait of Ludovico Einaudi by Angele Dubeau and La Pieta proved to be classical music at its best. Elliot Maginot’s Young Old Everything In Between is an album that sets the standard for any aspiring singer songwriter with beautifully crafted, rich, folky treats. Jerome Miniere’s Une Ile, worth buying as a whole, is a quirky, fun electropop ride. Alternative rock didn’t get much better than Savvie’s Night Eyes. Scott Shea’s gorgeous Let It Storm gave us roots music to die for. There is no question that Beatrice Deer had the season’s finest EP, Fox, an eclectic brew of savory pop-rock.
Singles that bowled us over included Carly Rae Jepsen’s golden delight “I Really Like You”, Ryan Stewart produced dancefloor thumper “Spotlight” by Every Last Chance featuring the exquisite vocals of Crystalyne’s Marissa Dattoli, Jean Leloup’s delicious novelty rock anthem “Willie”, Navert’s progressive gem “Ma Chanson”, and pop-rock charmer “Aime/pardonne” by Tremblay. We would also add tracks from the aforementioned albums: “Still Alive” by Elliot Maginot and “Gravity” by Savvie. We’ll let you decide on the best track from the Miniere, Shea, and Deer albums. Although we cannot classify it as Canadian, we sneak in the honourable mention of “Lighthouse” by Emmalyn Estrada and G.R.L.
In the realm of music videos, there is no question that Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” with Tom Hanks was a standout. We also liked Ariane Moffatt’s eye pleasing “Debout”.