Highlighting this week’s new releases is the gorgeous singer-songwriter self-titled album by Saskatoon’s Alexis Normand. It is filled with fascinating little details and engaging melodies. Vancouver pop charmer Rykka launches her album Beatitudes following her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. Adding his talents to her beautiful vocals in the remix of a track is multiplatinum producer Glenn Morrison. Toronto alt-pop duo The Darcys present the playful funky fun of LP Centerfold.
Dreamed up while on Caribbean shores, Quebec’s Dominique Hudson completes the third installment in his world music Danza project; Danza 3 is a blast. One of the nation’s most talented artists, award winning singer-songwriter Klô Pelgag from Montreal is back with beautifully crafted album L’étoile thoracique, currently a Top 10 seller at iTunes. All the way from Iqaluit, NU, The Jerry Cans provide some folk northern style with wonderful work Inuusiq.
Off the beaten path is the fascinating Lapsus album from Ottawa’s Yao. He was born in The Ivory Coast, is of Togolese origin, and his baritone vocals deck his oft spoken-word urban fusion music. Montreal’s David Usher, the former frontman of alt rock group Moist, has cooked up a delicious pop album as a soloist, and has invited a few guest vocalists including Marie-Mai. The album is titled Let It Play. More world music breezes in, this time from Montreal’s Marco Calliari and album One Night. As you might guess, this one’s Italian (mostly) which moves along at a nice measured pace.
Moving on to Calgary, we have a well-done airy new wave work from Hello Moth (male soloist) and Slave in a Stone. Sherbrooke’s Alexandre Poulin has the best-selling album following release day with his sensitive singer-songwriter, guitar-inflected disc Les temps sauvages. More on the alternative folk side is Louis-Philippe Gingras‘ Troisième rangée. He’s from Rouyn-Noranda, QC, and his hearty vocal style reminds us a little of Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies).