Canadian Album of the Month Series: January to June 2015

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Our album of the month picks are back! We have listened to all LPs from Canadian artists released through the first half of 2015 and settled on our favourites by month of release. The number of albums that came out each month are as follows: January 2015 – 30, February – 57, March – 67, April – 61, May – 56, and June – 47. Pictures of our picks are below with brief write-ups on each work. We highly recommend checking out these charmers. They contain really good songs throughout.

ALBUM OF JANUARY 2015: LET IT STORM BY SCOTT SHEA

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British Columbia’s Scott Shea has graced 2015 with clearly one of its best albums, Let It Storm. This is his debut solo LP (he previously recorded music in a duo with his brother), and the writing is first rate. The singer-songwriter’s style of choice is folky roots music. Scott’s father Red Shea was guitarist for such legends as Gordon Lightfoot and Ian and Sylvia, so the greatness that is Scott’s is definitely in his blood. Some impressive players joined him on the album including Willie Nelson’s sister Bobbie and Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar). Even if you are not into roots music, you will appreciate the writing and skilled delivery from the genius of Scott Shea. Beautiful album. iTunes

ALBUM OF FEBRUARY 2015: NIGHT EYES BY SAVVIE

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Vancouver’s Savannah Leigh Wellman proves her songwriting genius on new solo album, Night Eyes. She previously led folk act Redbird, and now as a soloist shifts gears into a rich and tasty brew of catchy alternative rock delights complete with gritty vibes, punchy beats, reverb-drenched electric guitars, and fuzzy bass throbs. Little splashes of new wave appear at times to add extra charm. “Trust the In Between”, “Gravity”, and “The Tower” are fine examples of very sharp composition making Night Eyes one of the year’s best albums to date. iTunes

ALBUM OF MARCH 2015: REMINISCE BY ETIQUETTE

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Julie Fader and Graham Walsh (the latter worked on LIGHTS’ Siberia album) are duo Etiquette, releasing debut album Reminisce. Avoid the danger of lumping the act in with other electronic outfits. The hooks dangle in abundance as the music waddles its way through raw climes decked in some of the experimental garments worn by such predecessors as The Legendary Pink Dots and Cabaret Voltaire. It’s not all subdued; there are a couple of peppy inclusions that twinkle like stars on and on. Overall, on Reminisce, the ethereal drones effectively hypnotize in ways that will leave you reclining in satisfaction. iTunes

ALBUM OF APRIL 2015: SUUNS AND JERUSALEM IN MY HEART

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Montreal band Suuns bonds with Jerusalem in My Heart, a project of producer Radwan Moumneh, and the result is music that is undefinable and fairly glorious. Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart is a mostly instrumental album of heavily spicy rather than light and sweet electronica injected with Middle Eastern flavours and chants. The atmosphere is dense, gritty, and ethereal as if we are stranded in the midst of a desert sandstorm brightened by fluorescent lights. This album will perk up your ears and get your heart pumping. It’s pretty wonderful stuff. iTunes

ALBUM OF MAY 2015: FÉLIX DYOTTE

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In the Canadian music scene for 15 years, Félix Dyotte has both sensitive talent and seasoned experience. He made his debut in 1997 in the group The Undercovers who recorded an album with producer Gus Van Go and then transformed into 2-time JUNO winning group The Stills. In 2006, Felix formed Chinatown who released a couple of discs. The success of the group’s music enabled Dyotte to work with a number of high profile artists including Jean Leloup, Pierre Lapointe, and Valérie Carpentier. Under Coyote Records and with support from Malajube’s Francis Mineau, Philippe Brault, and new recording artist Kandle Osborne (daughter of 54-40’s Neil Osborne), Félix Dyotte has launched a self-titled solo album, and it is absolutely brilliant. The album very cleverly blends 60s baroque pop, orchestral flourishes, carnival pep, good bass grooves, and shimmering synth accents. This is a fine work of art. iTunes

ALBUM OF JUNE 2015: LOVE LIFE BY TAMIA

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The expert songstress from Windsor, ON is giving it all she has and going for the jugular of success on her newly released, big, anthem-drenched album Love Life. You will hear the finest examples of all elements of the recording process: writing, singing, arrangement, and production. There is not a weak moment on the entire disc; every track oozes with class and charm. Deep grooves, nocturnal ambiance, romantic vibes, and warm sparkles abound. The songs contain meticulously crafted, catchy details like little electronic riffs which make the music highly engaging. Even if R&B is not your cup of tea, we guarantee that this excellent work will win you over. Tamia’s Love Life is one of the finest R&B albums ever to proceed from a Canadian artist. iTunes

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