We open this week’s new releases with Comfortable Scars from Montreal punk band Lost Love. It is the group’s second album. JUNO nominated songwriter Royal Wood is back with his latest, Ghost Light. He’s from the Peterborough, Ontario region. Toronto folk pop group The Strumbellas smartly follow up hit single “Spirits” with album Hope. Legendary folk specialist Richard Séguin, originally from Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec, offers his latest, Les horizons nouveaux. News from What We Once Thought is the title of alternative Montreal outfit Thin Blue Line‘s new album, mainly instrumental. Also from Montreal is Sunny Duval whose new album, appropriately named New Wave de plage, sports some mechanically voiced new wave along the lines of say Marc Drouin with some added southern U.S. and Caribbean flavours.
Christian Roberge, member of JUNO nominated platinum group The Lost Fingers releases a fine world music album called Planète Brassens. Multiple JUNO winner Rufus Wainwright, originally from Montreal, always creative, comes up with an interesting work, Take All My loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, with a variety of different styles of music. Alternative music proceeds on A Torrid Marriage of Logic and Emotion from Toronto’s Programm as well as self-titled work from Kamloops, British Columbia’s Van Damsel. Finally, this week’s most sumptuous EP is a debut one from Toronto’s Alx Veliz with some very good modern pop music. There are two versions to choose from, an English-language one (red) and a Spanish language one (turquoise).