Last year, September was the month with the most releases, and things are shaping up to be the same in 2015. We count a total of 22 albums this week including a couple of EPs. Here is the rundown on 20 of them.
We kick things off with Renee Wilkin of Blainville, QC. L’amour, la guerre is her debut album, bilingual, and essentially a pop/rock work. Renee was a finalist in series 2 of The Voice. Birds with Broken Wings is the latest from Halifax folk artist Ben Caplan. Montreal based Simon Boudreau unfurls fine pop album Devant les possibles. Also from the city is alternative band Navet Confit with album LOL.
Besides the OSM, Montreal has the OM, or Orchestre Métropolitain helmed by musical director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The orchestra interprets Mahler’s 10th symphony on the new album. Dolbeau-Mistassini, QC multiple JUNO nominee Mario Pelchat releases a beautiful tribute album of songs by French singer Gilbert Bécaud. More adult contemporary comes by way of La maison du monde by Catherine Major. Halifax’s The Stanfields who like to combine folk music with heavy metal or at least hard rock with roots music return with album Modem Operandi.
Alternative music on the more experimental side graces Other Death by Montreal’s Sean Nicholas Savage. St-Jean-de-Matha, QC’s Matafor does a great job on Overdose, a pop/rock album with electronic touches. Along the same vein is Pagans in Vegas by Toronto platinum group Metric. Our favourite album of the week turns out to be Partir avant by Saint-Césaire, QC singer-songwriter Rosie Valland. The music is richly crafted. We’ll post a review later.
Brigitte Boisjoli launches a fabulous tribute album of Patsy Cline songs. The album is selling well according to iTunes. Halifax singer-songwriter/folk group Quiet Parade does a great job on the self-titled LP. Montreal’s Ought releases alt-rock Sun Coming Down, and Beat Market gets the EDM going on Sun Machine.
These Weights is rock from Ottawa’s James Leclaire & The Cable 22’s. Wawa, ON’s Les Chiclettes deliver some sweet, vintage cabaret music on Voyage à trois. We’re All Desi is the new album from Vancouver’s Delhi 2 Dublin blending Celtic and Indian music. Montreal band Stars contributes 3-track EP Lost & Found.