Five-member group Wildlife of Toronto releases pop-rock album Age of Everything which impressed us. There are some nice progressive elements neatly slipped in giving it a rich and organic sound. Luc de Larochellière, a platinum-selling JUNO winner, delivers his latest effort, Autre monde, a pleasant singer-songwriter trek with lush arrangements. Regina’s Colin James, a 6-time JUNO winner, does what he does best on his 18th album—gives us a shot of blues. On Blue Highways, he pays tribute to some of his favourite artists.
Oakville, ON’s Nicole Rayy treats us with a fantastic country album, perhaps nudging itself over towards country-rock. It’s called Dig. Montreal’s Saratoga contributes a beautiful folk album called Fleur. The Voice finalist Jérôme Couture earns his place among the stars with pop, sophomore album Gagner sa place.
More pop, on the electro side, comes by way of Toronto’s Zeds Dead, a Billboard Hot 100 charting outfit, and new album Northern Lights which has an impressive lineup of guests including Dragonette. New Brunswick’s awesome female trio Les Hay Babies return having repositioned from folk to retro jingle rock, the fruit of these labours being super fun album La 4ième dimension. Post-punk collective Duchess Says of Montreal supplies an excellent contribution to the genre with album Sciences Nouvelles complete with choppy vocals, burbling bass lines, and some synth.
Thunder Bay, ON’s multiplatinum Coleman Hell launches his highly anticipated debut LP, Summerland brimming over with infectious pop tunes. Brothers in Saskatoon’s The Sheepdogs, under BROS, fashion eclectic work Vol. 1 as a side project. The debut self-titled EP from Toronto’s Only Yours has arrived, a great alternative disc.
Enjoy the new music!