Today is the first day of the changeover in Canada for new music releases. Previously happening Tuesdays, we have now joined the new international standard of New Music Fridays. We have four new LPs and four EPs. Let’s start with the full-length albums.
Toronto’s Luke Nicholson has not yet earned a JUNO nomination but one at the Genies for contributing an original song to Canadian cinema. The best description of the new album Frantic City is perhaps adult contemporary. Hamilton’s Twin Within is a folk rock duo; album Horizontal Lines contains some remarkable writing along the lines of Simon & Garfunkel. Pictou County, NS JUNO nominee Dave Gunning gives us his latest roots confection, Lift. Finally, Hamilton JUNO nominee Douglas Cameron, who scored Top 40 pop-rock hit “Mona with the Children” back in 1985 and has been dabbling in children’s music since, tries his hand at a country-blues work entitled Riverdale and does well.
Langley, BC country outfit The Washboard Union releases fine EP In My Bones. Further exquisite roots music appears from Toronto quintet The Key Frames care of EP Monophone Heart. Alee is a newer country artist from Edmonton and has launched fantastic EP Say Hello to Goodbye. Black Sails for Red Seas of Montreal serve alternative rock on Wave: I.
In the realm of stand-alone singles, Alyssa Reid has returned from last year’s super cool album Time Bomb with new single “Dangerous”. Other new singles this week include Kardinal Offishall‘s “Baby It’s U!”, Charlotte Cardin‘s “Big Boy”, Dirty Ghosts‘ “Cataract”, Motel 72‘s “Toute la nuit”, and Tim Hicks‘ “Young, Alive and in Love”.