Oh, how we dig some of the new music out this week. In alphabetical order by title, we begin with 11 LPs.
Award winning progressive garage rock group Gazoline pumps potent petrol juices into the scene with new album Brûlensemble. Toronto’s Tami Neilson is highly adept at whipping up a delicious amalgam of rockabilly, blues, soul, and alternative country as demonstrated on fresh disc Don’t Be Afraid. Charlottetown’s Paper Lions present music in Full Colour, a quaint indie pop record that will get you boppin’. Limoilou, QC is the spot that had GLD rap into the limelight and now delivers Laisse moi faire ma musique. Regina may seem an unlikely platform for world music but stereotypes can be shattered, and LP Madera from the city’s Andino Suns will have you dream of partying on the Andean Mountains.
JUNO nominated group Valaire (also longlisted for the Polaris Prize) knows how to do pop music right, especially considering the amazingly good Oobopopop, funky, upbeat, brisk, and invigorating. Another standout this week is Regarde Autour from Charlesbourg, QC’s world famous singer Bruno Pelletier. Some of the songs on here are irresistibly infectious. If you’re seeking something a little more alternative and experimental, we’ve got Says You by Montreal’s The Luyas. More alternative music comes from a city not as prolific in terms of artists these days as its size would suggest. Yes, Winnipeg. Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit is the new album from Royal Canoe.
The highly anticipated new LP from Ottawa, JUNO winning powwowstep masters A Tribe Called Red topped iTunes upon release. It is perhaps a little more vocal and diverse with spoken word, some rapping, chants, and the like with a number of guests including Shad and Tanya Tagaq. The clever title is We Are the Halluci Nation. Finally, we have another top seller, A Wider Space from Montreal’s Groenland gracing the land with alternative pop.
There are three extended play records of note this week. After the Glow is an alternative rock effort by Montreal’s Jesse Mac Cormack with some catchy numbers. Synth pop specialist Lyon from Toronto launches her latest EP Falling Up which is just fab. New Richmond, QC popular folk sisters Les soeurs Boulay return with classy EP Lendemains.
Lots of new singles out. Of most interest should be “C’est La Vie” from Canadian soul singer Bobby Bazini who had one of the best-selling albums of 2014. The new song is an instant smash and a must grab. It heralds the 4-time JUNO nominee’s upcoming third studio album. Both of his priors went platinum.