Fasten your seatbelts and turn on the windshield wipers. It’s raining Canadian music. And we’re going on a scenic drive through this week’s new releases. Beginning with the LPs, in alphabetical order by title, former member of The Dears, Krief, treats us with a double album of alternative pop/rock. Automanic is devastatingly delicious, filled with all kinds of creative touches and excellent writing. Swerving the car around the bend, we head from Montreal down to Toronto, home of rock trio Goodnight, Sunrise and an exploration of the phenomenon of Falling Awake, a disc that gives us energy and feel good vibes. Our next destination is Quebec City where rock outfit Caravane sets our hearts on fire with new album Fuego.
Heading north, we find a former finalist of Star Academy named François Lachance whose latest album Histoires vraies is made a winner by its very smart, unexpected chord changes and a jovial and atmospheric heartland sound. Born in France but snatched up by the Canadian music industry, JUNO award winning composer and pianist Alain Lefèvre pays tribute to Greece on beautiful album Sas Agapo containing all original compositions on instrumental piano. Brother and sister duo Soul & Sister are back with a two album release, Tandem. Known for a heart-warming stripped down acoustic sound, Vol. 1 contains original compositions in the French language and Vol. 2 fresh compositions in English.
Let’s venture over to New Brunswick, shall we. Platinum recording artist Lisa LeBlanc who puts the umph into the folk trash genre sticks it to the man and then some in pleasure ride album Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? We are all smiles with this one. Back to Montreal, we check out new alt-rock work Wrong by We Are Wolves which has us howling. We finish off our excursion by visiting platinum recording artist and 3-time JUNO nominee Nikki Yanofsky who drops her highly anticipated EP, Solid Gold, filling our heads with sunny joy by way of its vintage R&B glory.
We will provide more in-depth reviews of some of the works above in the next week.