November 16, 2018 Releases: Michael Bublé, Fred Pellerin…

Multiplatinum 2x JUNO nominee Fred Pellerin returns with nicely done singer-songwriter LP Après, his fourth work as a soloist. Fred is known for his exquisite storytelling, and the album takes us to peaceful realms.

Going Late is the new disc from JUNO nominated Vancouver band Humans, a funky electronic excursion through alternative territory.

Allan Rayman was nominated for the Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2018 JUNOs. His song “13” from last year was very popular. Allan has a unique singing style which you may or may not like, but there should not be too many voices of dissent for the musicality of his new album despite the risqué name Harry Hard-On. Check out track “Never any no good” for something … good.

Burnaby’s Michael Bublé swings out his 10th studio album, Love. The 13-time JUNO award winning diamond recording artist co-produced the new disc with Canadian producer David Foster. It contains mostly covers arranged into his signature peppy vocal jazz sound.

Jules engages in People Watching, a pleasant surprise of a pop album. The Oakville native grew up loving the music of Pink and Avril Lavigne dreaming of one day making good music of her own. With this debut album of hers, she has done so.

World music is done incredibly well by JUNO nominated group Ayrad on new album Zoubida. The collective manages to tighten up south Asian, west Asian, flamenco, and reggae styles into catchy numbers tasty to Canadian ears.

Nova Scotian R&B star JRDN, a JUNO award winner, serves his latest concoction via EP Supply & Demand. He has managed to place five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 over the years.

Find these and more in the table below.

Other goodies this week include various artists EP mau5ville: Level 2 helmed by deadmau5. Lights is featured on track “Drama Free”.

Simple Plan, Garou, and Lara Fabian are just three of the stars with tracks on the soundtrack LP La course des Tuques (La trame sonore).

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
88Glam2 88Glam Rap
A Grand Façade Old Man Canyon Alternative
Apres Fred Pellerin (2 JN) S-S/Folk
Ca va aller Denis Levesque S-S/Folk
En pays lointains Ellemetue  Alternative
Going Late Humans (1 JN) Alternative
Harry Hard-On Allan Rayman (1 JN) Alternative
La vraie nature Pilou S-S/Folk
love Michael Buble (13 JW) Jazz
Midnight, Let’s Get a Hot Dog The Seasons Alternative
Oath of the Storm Trollwar Metal
People Watching Jules Pop
Roses on the Vine Christine Fellows S-S/Folk
Zoubida Ayrad (1 JN) World
Blackball (EP) The Tallest 3’s R&B
Don II (EP) Just John & Dom Dias Rap
Higher Self (EP) Naya Ali Rap
Je suis a l’ame (EP) Danny Boudreau  S-S/Folk
Supply & Demand (EP) JRDN (1 JW) R&B

KEY:

JW – JUNO award wins

JN – JUNO award nominations

S-S – Singer-songwriter

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Kelly Yu Launches Album Two, Undefined

Scoring major Mandopop hit “Ti Mian” (Decent) this year, theme song of Chinese feature film Ex-Files 3: Return of the Exes, Canadian singer and actress Kelly Yu follows up with her first album in four years after debut LP Spirits. Though the Vancouver raised star gained fame with her roles in TV series One and a Half Summers and blockbuster film Ex-Files 3, Yu in fact graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music and was guitarist in a backing band before launching her own solo career in music.

Kelly’s new album, entitled Undefined, consists of ten soothing ballads including previous hits “Can’t Steal Now” (Track 1), “Past” (Track 4), and of course “Decent” (Track 8). The album also contains English language number “Save Me”. Undefined’s standout track, though is possibly, “Accompaniment” (Track 7) which does what Mandopop does best, hooks us onto an irresistible melody with soul-piercing vocals over some killer piano. Hear some heart-melting keys and strings on concluder “You Are Mine”. See the newly released MV below of track 7 with some nice shots from The Bund in Shanghai.  iTunes

All the Hours with Sarah MacDougall

With as voice as enticing as Coeur de pirate’s and as enchanting as Anna of the North’s, The Yukon’s Sarah MacDougall scores a winner in recent new wave folk album All the Hours I have Left to Tell You Anything. By her own unveiling, the lyrics deal with “strength, identity, death, the breakdown of relationships, birth, and the ghosts we honor and carry throughout”. These themes were influenced by the passing of her grandparents, birth of her niece, and a breakup. The music’s atmospherics were shaped by the vast and desolate Yukon terrain as well as the shadowy splendour of her country of origin: Sweden. One of the disc’s chief strengths lies in Sarah’s ability to craft sky-scraping choruses that do more than satisfy. Listen too for some savoury electric guitar solos. All the Hours was heralded by singles “Empire” and “We Are Fire” but has much more to offer, such as the slow-burning drive of “Bleeding on the Dancefloor”, stabbing thrill of “Animal”, and synth tingles of “Cruel Spring”.  iTunes

Allie X Witnesses a Super Sunset

There is no question that Allie X has delivered one of the best pop albums of 2018 (technically, it is an EP) with the slickly produced Super Sunset. Although none of the tracks could boast a stroke of genius in the songwriting department propelling it up into the heights of Hot 100 hits (yet), everything on the disc is a savoury treat of pop song magic. Allie’s early single “Catch” scaled up to #55 in May 2014 before streaming data was incorporated into the chart in September of that year. The Oakville, ON native continues her fascination with plastic legs and saves the year that was bypassed by the A-listers of the genre who delayed their album releases to 2019.

We would venture a guess that “Not So Bad in La” is not a reference to the U.S. “province” of Louisiana but contains her musings on happenings in her adoptive city of Los Angeles. This one could qualify as the catchiest tune on the disc. Most adorable though is the Robyn-styled entry of “Little Things”; it comes complete with some seductive beats. 80s themed “Science” dreamily wallows up to the playful “Girl of the Year” where Allie X, like a chameleon, slips her vocals into a grand … Ariana Grande pose. “Can’t Stop Now”, another catchy nugget, sets things up for the funky, nocturnal closer that is “Focus”. Super Sunset by Canadian recording artist Allie X is warm, charming synth pop to drool over.  iTunes

November 9, 2018 Releases: Marie-Mai, Paul Brandt

2018 Canadian artist LPs tracked to date: 529
2018 Canadian artist EPs tracked to date: 152

This week we look at 17 newly released Canadian artist albums and 10 EPs for a total of 27 discs. Find them in a table below, but let us highlight a few.

Ensign Broderick, alias of Jason Sniderman and a member of Blue Peter, has put out several albums of unreleased material this year thanks to Six Shooter Records. BloodCrush is his first album of strictly “new” material. He describes his music as “glam and rock opera-wattage sparkle”.

Geneviève Leclerc gifts us with perhaps the year’s most beautiful vocal album, Celle que je suis. It contains a mix of vocal jazz and adult contemporary treats expertly arranged and produced and dressed to a T with her gorgeous vocals. She also joins the growing trend of artists tacking on a Christmas song to albums released late in the year.

– Platinum superstar Marie-Mai launches her sixth studio album, Elle et moi following a change of long-time musical partnerships. Onboard are British producer Oliver Som and Canadian aces Koriass, Ingrid St-Pierre, Tawgs Salter, and more. Gone in the new sound are the rock guitar riffs as she delves into techno pop complete with those clicky, snappy things that have animated many pop songs these past couple of years. The boss new album leads this week’s Canadian artist discs in terms of digital sales, currently sitting at #3 on iTunes.

– JUNO winning rapper Jazz Cartier drops Fleurever. All 16 tracks run under four minutes, and the work is available in both clean and dirty language versions.

– Twice JUNO nominated Toronto group The Philosopher Kings, a brainchild of hitmaker Jon Levine, has been the focus of media hype for a year and a half regarding a new album in over a decade; Return of the Kings is finally out.

– Rock group Caravane can boast one of the best discs of this week’s batch, Supernova. Tracks range from the noisier to more moderate synth dressed modern rock to dreamier burbles.

– Female rappers are in short supply, which is why Tommy Genesis‘ eponymous debut album is a cool breeze of fresh surf. This ultra talent is originally from Vancouver, and the album sounds better than most 2018 works of the genre.

– Vancouver’s Kelly Yu, after scoring one of the year’s biggest Mandopop hits, releases full-length album Undefined, a soft, breezy effort of beautiful adult contemporary numbers.

– A strong contender for the year’s most delicious jazz album is Volume 2 from John MacMurchy’s Art of Breath: sophisticated musicianship, the occasional inclusion of synthesizers, a chillout vibe, and soft soulful vocals make this one not to be missed.

Barbra Lica is a JUNO nominated jazz artist. Arguably, her new album You’re Fine takes a seat in the adult contemporary realm. But pigeonholing aside, this one’s a winner.

Dear Denizen has the week’s best synthpop effort, a four-track EP entitled BEC.

– EP Coup d’coeur appears from JUNO nominated folk artist Vilain Pingouin, pure fun.

– For those of you wishing more artists would make that shoegazy dream-pop stuff that Alvvays does so well, you’re in luck. Entering the arena is Ellis and very good EP The Fuzz.

– Last but not least, Calgarian country superstar Paul Brandt delivers his latest disc, EP The Journey BNA: Vol. 2.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
BloodCrush Ensign Broderick Alt
Celle que je suis Genevieve Leclerc AC
cursed Seas Alt
Elle et Moi Marie-Mai Pop
Fleurever Jazz Cartier (1JW) Rap
Helas Vegas David Marin S-S/Folk
Le cauchemar de l’amerique SF34  Rap
Les Matricides Fuudge Rock
Quand qu’on s’est rencountry La Famille Day  S-S/Folk
Return of the Kings Philosopher Kings (2JN) Pop
Sing the Winter Away Naming the Twins Holiday
Supernova Caravane Rock
Tommy Genesis Tommy Genesis Rap
Trioliloquy A/B Trio Jazz
Undefined Kelly Yu AC
Volume 2  John MacMurchy’s Art of Breath Jazz
You’re Fine Barbra Lica (1JN) AC
BEC (EP) Dear Denizen  Alt
Coup d’coeur (EP) Vilain Pingouin (1JN) S-S/Folk
Everything, All at Once (EP) Shagabond & Noah R&B
More Honey (EP) Goodbye Honolulu Alt
Prelude/ Impending Outcome (EP) Fractal Cypher Metal
Roaming (EP) Langston Francis Pop
Spadina (EP) Patrik Rap
The Fuzz (EP) Ellis Alt
The Journey BNA: Vol. 2 (EP) Paul Brandt (8JW) Country
Thinkin’ (EP) The Denim Daddies Country

KEY:

JN – JUNO award nominations

JW – JUNO award wins

S-S – Singer-songwriter

AC – Adult Contemporary

Alt – Alternative

Ariane Moffatt Holds Precious Little Hands

Originally from Saint-Romuald, QC which has now been amalgamated with Lévis, Montreal-based electropop ace Ariane Moffatt recently released her sixth studio album, Petites mains précieuses. Her debut album, Aquanaute (2002), went platinum, and her third, Tous les sens (2008), won a JUNO award. The new album is perky with some dark patches and modern sounding with occasional tips towards 1970s grooves. It is always a pleasure to listen to her velvety voice which wisps through the tracks gracefully. Popular cuts include stringy opener “Du souffle pour deux” (see MV below), funky “Les apparences” (see MV below), and the driving “Pour toi”. As interesting musically as its title, we enjoyed the fluttering “Cyborg” and more heavily electronic “ONO” which stands for One Night Only. Not many artists can boast six solid albums, so Ariane Moffatt is among the elite.  iTunes

With Maïa, Pop Music Is More Than Alive

Roots music outfit Ladies of the Canyon was a successful quartet, nominated for the CCMA Rising Star Award in 2011. After two albums, the group felt it had reached a crossroads, its members wanting to embark on separate paths. Maïa Davies had already released solo album Héritage paying homage to the Francophone side of her bilingual roots. But her path eventually began to veer in a more progressive direction, and at some point along the way she bumped into JUNO award winning producer Gavin Brown who has crafted works from Mother Mother, Metric, The Tragically Hip, Sarah Harmer, and Three Days Grace. Maïa’s penning catchy songs began to attract more stellar names to join her team: Kevin Hearn of Barenaked Ladies and JUNO nominated recording engineer Gus Van Go.

The new album, Plus que vive, marks Maïa‘s first foray into the exciting kingdom of pop music with electronic trimmings. You will also hear some choice nuggets of progressive rock, some of which outshine even the immediately catchy pop charmers like “Alléluia” and “Échos”. Opening with the electronic boom of atmospheric “Années-lumière”, a piece that smartly combines Maïa’s angelic vocals with processed vocoder backups, we were immediately hooked. Fortunately, her songwriting skills come complete with big, satisfying choruses heard in cuts like “Éternellement”, something with which other renowned pop artists seemed to struggle in 2018.

Maïa also has a knack for creating addictive beats – in “Folie” for instance – a cut that is drenched in a dizzying wall of sound. The driving “Les couleurs me reviennent” presents another example of an exhilarating chorus. It’s not all a high wattage pop electronica however, as “Seule comme une étoile” injects a cool dose of soul-stirring piano, haunting like a Sarah Brightman song. Oh, and feel free to clap along to “Içi dans les nuages” – good music is meant to inspire you to do so. We come to closer “Comme un homme” with electric guitar themes that remind us of Gary Numan’s “Ancients” (that’s meant as a huge compliment by the way). Her vocals on the track are simply delicious.

Front runner for 2018’s pop album of the year? No need to look at anything released before Maïa’s Plus que vive. The great voice, songwriting, and production make this thing a triple threat that should unravel the prowess of all A Listers.  iTunes

The Coriolis Project Examines a Demagogue

British Columbian outfit The Coriolis Project is back in 2018 with album Demagogue presenting its brand of ambient music with a driving edge. Unsealing track “Branches” switches on an atmosphere that swings coolly thanks to some nice ride cymbal percussion and ultimately excites with bristling guitars and ultra spicy synth riffs. Another standout for us is “Mephistopheles” opening with icicle clicks, wind chimes, and Gregorian type background chanting, augmented with electrifying guitar strums, haunting bells, and thunderclaps. Past the halfway mark enter electronic bass pulses to bring things to a glorious climax. Brilliant.  iTunes

Munya Makes Rounds from North Hatley to the Hotel Delmano

Munya is the alternative pop music project of Canadian recording artist Josie Boivin. She intends to kick things off with three extended play releases. The first, released May 5, 2018, was a delightful three-track offering entitled North Hatley, a village located close to and southwest of Sherbrooke. Her second, Delmano (Oct. 5), revolves around Hotel Demano, an establishment situated in Brooklyn, New York. The six tracks from these first two discs are all superb and present a breezy sound that is dreamlike and slightly haunting in effect. We definitely look forward to Munya’s third effort.

November 2, 2018 Releases: Les Trois Accords, Mother Mother, Dan Mangan…

This week’s batch of 24 Canadian artist LPs brings the year to date count to well over 500. An additional 3 EPs grace November 2nd’s platter. Highlights are many.

Outselling the others, at least digitally, is the latest disc from rock band Les Trois Accords. Beaucoup de Plaisir is the twice JUNO nominated band’s sixth studio album. Also attracting a pair of JUNO proposals is Vancouver squelch rock outfit Mother Mother who suggests it is time to Dance and Cry. BC native Dan Mangan, who has two JUNO trophies in his display cabinet, contributes More or Less.

There is no dearth of Canadian legends this week. Country icon Renée Martel sings of Arrière-saison. Pop-rock ace Diane Dufresne launches Meilleur après. The house of Dufresne is fortified too with the release of La Révlution pas tranquille by Annie Dufresne.

JUNO nominated New Brunswicker Natasha St-Pier, with one of the most beautiful voices in the land, gifts us with beautiful adult contemporary album Aimer c’est tout donner, not to be missed. Also with a past nomination is Caracol (stage name of Carole Facal) who serves album Symbolism. Rock specialist Travis Cormier, runner up in season 4 of The Voice, should satisfy fans of the genre in album Dollars & Hearts. Stéphanie Boulay, one-half of popular duo Les Sœurs Boulay, offers finely crafted LP Ce que je te donne ne disparaît pas.

One of the hottest emerging artists in pop – Allie X – could well be running neck and neck with Robyn for 2018’s pop album of the year with the wonderful Super Sunset. Also exquisite is Comrades from soft pop marvel Elliot Maginot which is just as superb as his last outing. Sarah MacDougall, our lucky acquisition from Sweden and based, of all places, in the Yukon (!), delights with tantalizing alternative album All the Hours I Have Left to Tell You Anything.

Find these and many more in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Aimer c’est tout donner Natasha St-Pier (1JN) AC
All the Hours … Sarah MacDougall Alternative
Arriere-saison Renee Martel Country
Beaucoup de plaisir Les Trois Accords (2JN) Rock
Ce que je te donne… Stephanie Boulay S-S/Folk
C’est pas la qualite qui compte Qualite Motel Alternative
Comrades Elliot Maginot  Pop
Dance and Cry Mother Mother (2JN) Alternative
Dansons donc un quadrille… Carotté S-S/Folk
Dollars & Hearts Travis Cormier Rock
Fearless and Kind Way North Jazz
Revlution pas tranquille Annie Dufresne Rock
Meilleur apres Diane Dufresne Pop
More or Less Dan Mangan (2JW) Alternative
No God No Ghost No Saints Gutter Demons Rock
Petikat Matiu Blues
Quintessence du cool Benoît Paradis Trio  Jazz
Reney Ray  Reney Ray  S-S/Folk
Settling Up Simone Morris Jazz
Starter Home Doug Paisley S-S/Folk
Super Sunset Allie X Pop
Symbolism Caracol (1JN) Alternative
Island of Form Ethan Ardelli Jazz
Romance of Improvisation… The Romance of Improvisation Jazz
Feu de foret (EP) Antoine Corriveau S-S/Folk
Past Lives (EP) Wooden Horsemen Blues
You Don’t Know Me (EP) Will Murphy Rap

KEY:
JN – Juno award nominations
JW – Juno award wins
S-S – Singer-Songwriter

A La Hoo La La Washes Up on Brave Shores

Via Universal Music, Toronto synth pop duo Brave Shores recently released sophomore LP La Hoo La La following EP La Hoo earlier this year. It is an album that just might knock you off your feet, as the dense wall of sound is a hard-hitting scoop that elevates the listener up to planes of euphoria, especially with such an array of bristling, ethereal synth voices. But even electric guitars make grand entrances from time to time packing a nice punch. Some of the earlier tracks on the album do something which may sound impossible to the imagination: combine 70s progressive rock with 80s synth pop. The two styles merge into a whole new animal which is a charming one. La Hoo La La also presents nuggets that are completely unique. The album was expertly produced by personnel behind Bjork, Future Islands, and Canadian acts Dear Rouge and Said the Whale. Brave Shores is brother and sister duo Jay and Stefanie McCarrol. As far as the genre goes, La Hoo La La from Brave Shores musically is easily in the running for 2018’s finest hour among acts all around the world.  iTunes

Halloween 2018 Releases: Tory Lanez, Shad, Fionn

You won’t find anything scary about this week’s Canadian artist releases as we close in on Halloween. In fact, there are quite a few discs of folk music which should satisfy those who hunger for the genre. The album which may come closest to the festival of spook is Heart Shaped Bed from Grimes’ protégé, Scarborough born Nicole Dollanganger (pictured above) whose airy vocals combine with dream pop and so-called “goth” highlights including some brutal lyrics. The excellent album is a standout among this week’s releases.

Among the aforementioned folk albums is debut LP from Vancouver duo Fionn, a folk pop tour de force featuring some excellent writing, and of course beautiful voices. Also strong and for those who like their folk with some pep is Grenades from Toronto’s Kaia Kater. Twice JUNO nominated Royal Wood pops up with an EP more on the singer-songwriter side, Love Will Linger.

The rappers are on board this week. New JUNO winner Tory Lanez releases his second 2018 album Love Me Now. For those who think it inappropriate to combine a Brady Bunch and Muppet style album cover with a disc full of explicit language, there is a clean version available. JUNO winning rapper Shad returns with A Short Story About a War which is doing fairly well at iTunes.

Popular vocal group Les Prêtres is back with Quand les hommes vivront d’amour featuring favourite Mario Pelchat and a couple of other prominent soloists.

Find these and others in the table below.

TITLE ARTISTS GENRE
A Short Story About a War Shad (1JW) Rap
Abandoned Companions… Dave McEathron Folk
Black Holes The Blue Stones Rock
Courage, Vol. 2: Moon Georgian Bay Folk
Fionn Fionn Folk Pop
Foreword Sara Diamond R&B
Goeland Matt Boudreau  Indie Rock
Grenades Kaia Kater Folk
Heart Shaped Bed Nicole Dollanganger Dream Pop
Love Me Now Tory Lanez (1JW) Rap
Portraits Sophie & Fiachra / Marchand  Folk
Quand les hommes… Les Prêtres  Vocal
Remains Folly & The Hunter Alt
Survivant Souldia Rap
Tusk II Royal Tusk Metal
La trajectoire… (EP) Sam Thellend  Folk Rock
Looking for Gold (EP) Simon-Pierre Lacasse  S-S
Love Will Linger (EP) Royal Wood (2JN) S-S
Part I (EP) Loony R&B
Phoenix (EP) Megan Anne Pop
Resoudre la question (EP) Ombre!  Alt
Stratospheres (EP) La Carotte Polaire  Alt
Walking Through a Fantasy (EP) Fake Shark Alt

KEY:
Alt – Alternative
S-S – Singer-songwriter
JW – JUNO award wins
JN – JUNO award nominations

Give Me Time, Céleste Lévis

Timmins, Ontario recording artist Céleste Lévis is an ADISQ nominated finalist of The Voice Season 3. Her debut album emerged in 2015, and she recently followed it up with sophomore effort Donne-moi le temps (Give Me Time). A member of the successful House of Joly served as artistic director – Marc-Antoine Joly. The superb disc opens with the title-track hitting us with wallops of electric guitars before taking off in satisfying frolic. Céleste’s vocals strike us as fairly unique – thick and honeyed – reminding us a little of Cat Thomson’s. “Je n’arrive pas à revenir” (I Can’t Come Back) is a standout in music making, presenting delicate arrangements that build into a towering climax complete with some delicious synthesizers. “Laissé aller” (Let It Go), another gem, encompasses classic punky flickering guitar plucks and sonorous cooing. Popular track “Je vis” (I Live) gives us a haunting piano-opened soundscape with some nice percussion work.

Céleste Lévis’ Donne-moi le temps is an improvement over her solid debut album and is not to be missed. Find below a teaser of track “Je serai là” which will give you a taste.  iTunes

Oct 19, 2018 Releases: Ginette Reno, Arkells, Ariane Moffatt

A total of 23 albums and six EPs released this week have come to our attention and are listed below. Our year-to-date tally is up to 470 LPs and 128 EPs. Highlights of October 19, 2018 releases are as follows.

What’s Hot

Vancouver Island blues rocker David Gogo, recipient of 5 JUNO nominations, serves his latest platter of nuggets in 17 Vultures.

In the early lead for this week’s top seller is legendary adult contemporary singer Ginette Reno, decked with four JUNO trophies, and new album À jamais.

Just in time for Halloween is … a Christmas album from multiplatinum folk-rock superstar Serena Ryder. Christmas Kisses includes all the favourites of the season.

Originally from Calgary, alternative JUNO nominated concocter of cool, Kinnie Starr is back with Feed the Fire.

JUNO winner Ariane Moffatt who has never run dry of fresh, satisfying ideas contributes Petites mains précieuses.

Alternative rock band Arkells, enjoying rallies of success unleashes Rally Cry; the group has won four JUNO awards to date.

New urban music star who has managed to tickle the critics pink Jessie Reyez presents EP Being Human in Public.

Four JUNO noms for Scott Helman, and the youngster furthers his engaging repertoire with new EP Hang Ups.

What’s Cool

A pair of impressive country albums more on the traditional side have appeared. Upbeat and catchy is Melanie Brulée‘s Fires, Floods & Things We Leave Behind. We forgot how much we missed boot-stomping bass done right in country music, and it is brought back in all its glory on Belle Plaine‘s superb Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath. Alternative singer-songwriter, if we can call it a genre, is done with soothing grace on Scott Orr‘s excellent Worried Mind.

On the more progressive side of the scale are at least three standouts. Beefing up an earlier EP, electropop outfit Brave Shores makes it a full-length with the release of La Hoo La La. In the realm of alternative pop, Plus que vive from Maïa is very impressive. And, with a foot inside the kingdom of new wave, Vancouver’s Blonde Diamond does a fine job on EP Fantasy Love.

Find these and lots more in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
17 Vultures David Gogo (5JN) Blues Rock
À jamais Ginette Reno (4JW) AC
Bleeding Hearts  Sun K Rock
Christmas Kisses Serena Ryder (6JW) Christmas
Feed the Fire Kinnie Starr (1JN) Alt
Fires, Floods… Melanie Brulée Trad country
Le grand nulle part   Monsieur Mono   S-S
Jusqu’au bout   Robby Johnson   Pop
La Hoo La La Brave Shores Electropop
Ma jeunesse   Gilles Vigneault   AC
Maladie d’écran   Vincent Appelby Alt
Malice, Mercy, Grief… Belle Plaine Trad country
Miles We Put Behind T. Buckley S-S
Mon arc est une guitare   Hugo Lapointe   Rock
Petites mains précieuses Ariane Moffatt (1JW) Alt Pop
Plus que vive   Maïa   Alt Pop
Rally Cry Arkells (4JW) Alt Rock
Sweet Marie Erin Costelo R&B
Time Travel Graham Van Pelt Electronic
Victoria Birds of Bellwoods Alt
Le viking de l’ouest   Boutot Rap
Want, For Nothing Danger Grove Rap
Worried Mind Scott Orr Alt-S-S
Being Human in Public (EP) Jessie Reyez (1JW) R&B
Cain (EP) Andrew Hyatt Country
Fantasy Love (EP) Blonde Diamond New Wave
Hang Ups (EP) Scott Helman (4JN) Pop
Jade Eagleson (EP) Jade Eagleson Country
Unaccompanied III (EP) Helena Deland  Alt

Simon Daniel Launches Nightcrawler

After launching an EP in 2015, which allowed him to play more than a hundred shows in Canada and Europe and to win numerous prizes and accolades, Moncton, New Brunswick’s Simon Daniel has launched full-length album Nightcrawler, and it’s a beauty. Of the disc’s title and theme, Daniel states, “Myself, being a night owl, that’s when my imagination lets loose and when I’m most creative.” Nightcrawler exposes his creative genius in concocting a fresh sound with funky bass grooves and punchy trip hop beats intertwined with crackling guitars and whirls of analog synthesizers. The tracks lead off with simplicity and gradually evolve into sophisticated soundscapes, often with towering choruses. It’s both a nocturnal road trip and an intergalactic odyssey. Simon Daniel’s Nightcrawler could well be 2018 alternative pop’s finest hour. Find below a video of a live version of the album’s title track which will give you a taste.  iTunes