Selected New Releases 17 June 2016

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Bluesy folkster Adam Karch follows up his well-received 2014 album with 2016’s Moving Forward, continuing to impress with his Stetson quality vocals and sensitive playing. He covers Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” nicely and does a fine stripped down version of Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London”.

Find Haitian Canadian progressive Franco rap on the new album from Montreal-based Bullet Ghost, entitled Comme dans un rêve. If the government ID card pictured on the front cover is accurate, he was born when Funky Four Plus One performed on Saturday Night Live, in 1981.

The much anticipated sixth studio album from JUNO winning, multiplatinum Winnipeg adult pop champ Chantal Kreviazuk CM drops. Bearing the title Hard Sail, it reminds us of her second to none songwriting ability. As radio climate has veered into tropical house territory as of late, it is a long shot that the album will spawn any bit hits, but she has already been there and done that. “Before You” made it to #2 in the 90s.

For those who like the rush of a rampage, has Canada got an album for you: Bad Water from Montreal punk band Dig It Up. Be very careful that your speakers don’t melt from the fire they will vent from this!

Montreal singer-songwriter JF Robitaille drops the gorgeous album Palace Blues. Kick your feet up and be soothed by this little gold nugget.

While electronic R&B is not hard to come by these days, one of the best acts worldwide is Toronto’s River Tiber (alias of Tommy Paxton-Beesley) who makes it all sound very fresh. Indigo is his new album.

Immediately topping the iTunes albums chart upon release, which isn’t surprising, is new studio album Man Machine Poem from Kingston rock band The Tragically Hip. Fans were delighted to learn recently that the final hometown concert of the band’s cross-Canada summer tour will be aired by the CBC on August 20.

Kooky alternative pitch-bend rock drawing comparisons to The Pixies flourishes on the self-titled album by Toronto’s Weaves. Check out slower song “Eagle” for a grin-inducing track.

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs is a various artist children’s album to keep the little ones happy.

Vancouver singer-songwriter Dan Mangan delivers EP Unmake and Montreal multiplatinum R&B specialist Karl Wolf with his new Victoria BC record label presents sumptuous mini album The Export, Vol 1, more than worth checking out. Salomé Leclerc follows up her critically acclaimed alternative album 27 fois l’aurore with EP Live au Treatment.

As always, a number of new singles are out. They include “Rollercoaster” by Alyssa Reid, “Flowerchild” by Coleman Hell, and “Red Dress” from upcoming album Primary Colours from MAGIC! the MV of which we have embedded below.