We begin this week’s choice releases with Outremont, QC platinum artist Coeur de pirate (Beatrice Martin). Known for her piano and voice folk songs, she goes for a more robust pop sound on new bilingual album Roses following up her first charting single “Carry On”. It’s a treat and is #2 on iTunes albums. Vancouver JUNO nominee Destroyer contributes the mellow, jazzy baroque pop album Poison Season. JUNO award winner Elage Diouf, originally from Senegal, is back with Melokaane. The world music is wondrous, and Johnny Reid guests on the album!
Highly praised and award winning Montreal singer-songwriter Katie Moore releases her exquisite fourth work, Fooled By the Fun. The Voice finalist Rémi Chassé debuts with an awesome rock album of original tunes, Debout dans l’ombre, containing his big hit single from last year “Une armée dans ma voix” and new one “Sans adieux”. Topping iTunes upon release is highly anticipated album Beauty Behind the Madness from Toronto’s reigning king of R&B, The Weeknd. For those eager for something fun, Halifax’s Wordburglar gives us comedic hip hop album Rapplicable Skills, chock full of Canadiana.
Five EPs are out this week. Rising R&B teen star Alessia Cara who seemingly came out of nowhere to land Top 40 hit “Here” launches her debut EP Four Pink Walls. London Ontario’s Bryce Jardine (and the Parlour Birds) has a beautiful singer-songwriter work with Lean Years. Along the same vein is debut, self-titled EP from Toronto’s East of Avenue whose music was used in a holiday campaign for Wal-Mart! We can all get rocking with Dear Sahara from Winnipeg’s Hearing Trees. More rock comes to us from Calgary thanks to Nadia Kazmi whose EP Lamb precedes her debut album expected next year.
Hopefully at least one of these works or a few tracks from these will hit the spot for you. Enjoy the new music!