New Releases: 2016 Valentine’s Day Edition

Adam Strangler: Ideas of Order

Adam Strangler - ideas of orderWell-crafted tunes abound on this charmer of indie rock with a straightforward, raw sound. Flashy guitar work, a relentless but measured pace, and subdued vocals yield a pleasing overall sound. This talented five-piece band from Montreal is one to watch. Impressive album.  iTunes

Basia Bulat: Good Advice

Basia Bulat - Good AdviceThe new album from the Toronto starlet debuted at #2 on iTunes behind Coldplay. It follows JUNO-nominated Tall Tall Shadow. She continues exploiting seldom used musical instruments including the Hammond Novachord housed at the National Music Centre in Calgary. Basia kneads various elements into the dough resulting in a rich batter. It is alternative pop on the surface with folky singer-songwriter feels at the core.  iTunes

Luc Beauséjour: Baroque Session on Piano

Luc Beausejour - Baroque session on pianoKeyboardist Luc Beauséjour is a 3-time JUNO nominee and lets his fingers do the walking … and sprinting … on this beautiful classical work where pieces by Scarlatti, Bach, Purcell, Handel, and more are interpreted for piano. Beauséjour, a champion of many keyboards, may have been initially taken aback by the suggestion of performing Baroque works, normally performed on harpsichord and organ, on the new-fangled piano but realized that hammering instead of plucking and piping gave them an acceptably alternative sound. He hopes too that the pieces from the lesser known composers of the era, included on the release, will charm modern audiences.  iTunes

Bronswick: Chassés-croisés (EP)

Bronswick - Chasses-croisesFollowing an EP last year, Montreal duo Bronswick fires up the synths in this delightful excursion into alternative pop territory. Catherine’s silky vocals are a delight and Bertrand takes some turns at the mic as well. The ride is a relaxed one with lots of electronic glitter to keep things interesting.  iTunes

Le Caboose Band: (S/T)

Le Caboose BandThis is a fictional musical group that has taken over Quebec theatres in reality. The folky vocal group of the CBC soap L’auberge du chien noir releases an album of covers and originals written for the characters to celebrate their move from the screen to the stage.  iTunes

George Canyon: I Got This

George Canyon - I Got ThisA successful Nova Scotian country artist, George has two gold albums and a pair of JUNO awards to his credit. This is album #11 and blends old school and modern country pop sounds with ballads, upbeat head boppers, and storytelling numbers. Also included is a countrified version of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars”. George follows the release with his Wrangler sponsored Jekyll and Nothing To Hide Tour.  iTunes

Jason Bajada: Volcano

Jason Bajada - volcanoIn our opinion, this is the best album of the year to date. Jason has recorded in both official languages and on this, his sixth, opts for French. The songs are exceptionally catchy with a fantastic job done on production. The songs are detailed, dreamy, melodic, and sobering. With driving beats, nocturnal guitar sweeps, soothing vocals, and a nice balance between the pop and rock fields, we highly recommend checking this one out.  iTunes

Matt Dusk & Florence K: Quiet Nights

matt dusk florence k - quiet nightsToronto and Montreal join jazz forces on this collaborative album between two of the sweetest voices of the genre. Both are JUNO nominated artists. Matt has a gold album and Florence has three. Well known standards with a rich orchestra are given a generous romantic dose just in time for Valentine’s Day.  iTunes