With 15 albums released this week, we are now over 400 for 2015. Alphabetically by title, we begin with Bave de robot by Sherbrooke garage rock outfit Les Conards à l’Orange. Best known for “Crabbuckit”, 3-time JUNO winner k-os is back with new album Can’t Fly Without Gravity. The Toronto rapper continues to go beyond hip hop and bring in extra flavours. Also from the city that supposedly rhymes with piranha, Tami Neilson releases Dynamite. Her genre of choice is old school country, and she does a fine job at it, a very fine job.
As far as new school country goes, we shall fly to Calgary where actor Wes Mack launches his debut LP Edge of the Storm containing his previous hit singles. From Saddledome city, we take a 3.5 hour drive up north to Edmonton where alternative electro punk rock duo Concealer also lands a debut album with the interesting title Fêted: Fetid. Montreal’s Philémon Cimon contributes something fun; Les femmes comme des montagnes blends different styles together.
Also from the latter city, singer-songwriter Philippe Brach daubs up creative work Portraits de famine. The folky Pot Mason appears from Joannie Benoit, a finalist from the 2012 season of Star Academy. She is from Tracadie-Sheila, NB. The Souljazz Orchestra is a fabulous world music (African and Caribbean styles) group from Ottawa, and members take turns leading the vocals on the various tracks of album Resistance.
Those longing for some middle-intensity modern rock should adore the new release from Toronto’s Young Empires, The Gates, an excellent album. Also at that level of quality, though different in style, is Peter Henry Phillips’ The Origin. He is from Saint-Adrien, QC, and the music on here is stunning. As far as Nanaimo, BC rock band Gold & Shadow goes, Torch shines.
Coincidentally, someone else from Nanaimo gives us something special this week. We’re talkin’ blues rocker David Gogo. The exquisite Vicksburg Call is his 14th album! CHR champ Tyler Shaw releases his debut album Yesterday containing his hit singles to date. Tyler is from the Vancouver suburb of Coquitlam. We cannot say enough good things about The Karpinka Brothers’ You Can Count on Me. Classified as alternative folk, all we can say is the tunes are incredibly catchy. The talented brothers are from Saskatoon.
Three EPs out this week are Those People Will Never Die from Quebec City metal group Cardinals Pride, Tout dans ta tête from Winnipeg roots rock Justin Lacroix Band, and V from Toronto new wave trio Bravestation.
Grab at least one of these fine releases to enjoy over the Labour Day long weekend!