Montrealers take the maple iced cake for the bulk of this week’s releases, whether the music is Anglo, Franco, instrumental, or Allo! The albums this week are presented in alphabetical order by title.
Alternative rock getup Rust Eden delivers an impressive piece of work entitled Apartment Green. Folky singer-songwriter Geneviève Racette gets an award for the coolest album cover of the year for Les aurores boréales, and the music is good too! JUNO nominee (DJ) Champion returns on Best Seller for some quintessential alternative quirk.
Two-time JUNO nominee Boom Desjardins (of group La Chicane) treats us with the wonderful singer-songwriter LP Clandestin. He’s originally form Val-d’Or, Quebec and has scored a gold album as a soloist. The new album has a very positive writeup from iTunes staff, and the opening track, at the least, is a must-grab.
Another Montreal JUNO nominee (music video of the year, “Chargez!”) is back, Ariel, with rock album Croche. Alternative vibes flow nicely on Cult Following by Little Scream. For some stripped down folk, we have De l’autre côté des montagnes by Guillaume Arsenault (from Bonaventure). Highly sought after female DJ/producer Miss DJ Licious is behind the new work EDM Evolution by L4Y. Find a nice rendition of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” on the dance album.
Alternative ace Benhari has crafted the striking Île Jésus with some Moon Safari surf blended with progressive rock. Kaytranda is making waves with nouveau R&B album 99.9% that features some recognizable names, Badbadnotgood, Craig David, Little Dragon, and more. Guillaume Martineau lets the fingers do the walking on piano album Piano Marin, Vol. 1. Allophone greatness comes by way of world beat infused rap album Reír para No Llorar by Sonido Pesao.
Outside of Quebec, Ora Cogan reps Vancouver with singer-songwriter LP Shadowland, and blues proclivities take hold on new EP The Northern South, Vol. 1 by Hamilton’s Whitehorse. Easily this week’s best pop single is “Air I Breathe” from Toronto’s Crystalyne.
On a side note, electronic music A-Lister Jean-Michel Jarré has released new album Electronica 2: The Art of Noise which includes a number of guests. Among the names Gary Numan, Pet Shop Boys, and Cyndi Lauper is Canadian recording artist Peaches who joins him on track “What You Want”.