Selected New Releases 1 April 2016

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On the eve of JUNO weekend, there’s an assortment of genres represented on this week’s fresh new releases.

One of the finest LPs this week is the new album from Montreal’s Ariane Brunet called Stella, a fun adult contemporary work that charmed the folks at iTunes Canada into giving it a big thumbs up review. Vancouver band Black Mountain combines 70s rock with some electronica on fourth album IV. R&B lovers should be pleased with Sept. 5th by Toronto’s dvsn.

Funny man François Léveillée splashes out some ditties on La part des anges. Chamber pop sounds good on Sous notre peau from Genevieve Binette. And Canadian adult contemporary wouldn’t be the same without a Rankin in the works. Heather‘s new album A Fine Line is wonderful. She’s from Mabou, NS.

It’s time to open A Family Album, folky singer-songwriter done well by the teaming up of Halifax siblings Matthew and Jill Barber. We’ve got some rock this week too thanks in part to powerhouse singer Melissa Ouimet of St-Albert, ON. Her new album is self-titled. Post-punk enthusiasts can check out Blue Wave from Operators.

More rock, this time on the roots side, is delivered expertly by They Call Me Rico and album This Time. Comedic rap abounds on Assimilation by Montreal’s Woodman. And Trouble is a beautiful eclectic work from Calgary’s Woodpigeon.

But that’s not all. A must listen is the debut EP Hold Onto the Light by rising Toronto country star Jessica Mitchell. Very nicely done!

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