Opening this week’s new releases is Montreal JUNO nominated recording artist Amylie; Les éclats is a richly crafted singer-songwriter album and is selling well not surprisingly. The Gatineau’s Daniel Bertrand revs up the country on Jamais trop tard. Élété, originally from N’Djamena, Chad and now calling Montreal home, delights us with some wonderful world-African music on Taar. For some impressive danceable electronic music there is Bodies from Fabrikate, while Toronto’s Hooded Fang is back at the alternative grindstone with Venus on Edge.
Accomplishing an awesome feat, not one but two albums are released at the same time by Montreal alt-rock band Islands. Should I Remain Here at Sea is more guitar oriented while Taste is more synth heavy. Another fine electronic album is Oh No by Hamilton’s Jessy Lanza and Kath Biss‘ does justice to rockabilly on … Rockabilly & Talons Hauts. Maryanne Côté is attracting praises a plenty on singer-songwriter work 1949 which refers not to the year but her phone number. She’s originally from Rimouski, QC.
Pépé et sa guitare return for Tout le monde veut jouer avec Pépé. Alias of Philippe Proulx, he can trace his origins to Saint-Basile, QC. Folky Toronto outfit Skydiggers present Here Without You: The Songs of Gene Clark. Rap music emerges from Limoilou, QC’s Sozi and album Bêtes de foire. Classical music enthusiasts can enjoy Bach: Cantates pour la Pentecôte from various artists.
A trio of EPs this week include Priorities from Quebec City metal group Cardinals Pride, Gabrielle Proulx‘s (Trois-Rivières) outstanding pop disc Immoler les ombres, and EP7 from alternative maker Navet Confit.