New Releases for Halloween 2016

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Count Floyd 3D glasses going for 3 bucks and 25 for shipping and handling are not required for music. Yes, that’s an SCTV reference. Not all of the music below has spook factor but is available in time to keep the ghosts occupied so they don’t haunt your dreams on Monday night. (Nine of the 13 albums reviewed below are pictured above.)

Reminding us a little of Yoan, Sylvain Garneau adds his baritone pipes to new country album La clé du Bonheur. There are several bands around called Lowlands. The one we are concerned with hails from Guelph, ON. The new album Erie explores legend and dream based on stark Canadian landscapes. It’s a reflective folk-rock effort. Victoriaville’s Alain-François is adept at getting a folk party going with a perfect soundtrack for it and does so on album La fête.

Back Home on Native Land, Toronto’s folky The Hidden Cameras follow up 2014’s Age. Always good, Toronto roots collective Blue Rodeo reminds us why 12 JUNO awards deck its shelf with 15th studio album 1000 Arms. It’s been a while since dancey sythpop outfit Le Couleur released a full length album but now we have P.O.P. It’s one of the best albums out this week.

Franco rap continues to sell well in the Great White North. Souldia makes the Sacrifice of an album cover fit for Halloween. Gord Downie‘s highly anticipated album Secret Path is out, dedicated to the story of Chanie Wenjack’s escape from a residential school only to perish in the cold. It is the fifth solo album from Kingston, Ontario’s Tragically Hip frontman. The acclaimed Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà are back with Silence On Joue – Take 2 beautifully presenting instrumental classical style arrangements of music from the movies.

Quebec’s Sam Roberts Band launches a nicely done sci-fi themed album entitled TerraForm dabbling in some progressive rock. Tracks 1, 2, and 5 should get you hooked right away. We were also taken by Track 8 which has a catchy 60s vibe to it. Always good, quality music, as evidenced by half a dozen JUNO awards, proceeds therefrom. Now, onto this weeks EPs…

Shae Dupuy is from Cambridge, ON and impresses us with country disc Brave. In fact, we would say it is one of the best works of the year in the genre. Canadian R&B is in vogue these months, and Toronto’s Jahkoy is being called the male version of Rihanna. Foreign Water is quite catchy and should please fans of the genre. Finally, Calgary’s very promising pop group The New Electric releases solid disc Living Loud worth checking out for pop music enthusiasts.