More than 24 new works by Canadian recording artists released this past Friday have come to our attention. We’ll give our usual capsule reviews but divide the big lot into three parts alphabetically by title. Below are a stately eight of Part 2.
Born in Victoria, BC, and now in Lethbridge, AB, Leeroy Stagger releases sumptuous new roots-leaning singer-songwriter album Love Versus. It is easily one of the best albums this week filled with rich engaging music.
Also exquisite is Sarah Slean‘s Metaphysics. Sarah’s from Shawn Mendes’ hometown of Pickering, ON and is a 3-time JUNO nominee. The new album is a beauty, essentially alternative adult contemporary with creative panache, first-rate production, and of course ear-soothing vocals. If Kate Bush, Chantal Kreviazuk, and Sarah Brightman made an album together, it might sound something like this.
From Bonaventure, QC, we have duo Alex & Caro and country album Saisir le temps. The pair is very popular with wholesome, upbeat music spawning international tours. The new album is lots of fun.
Darling of the indie scene, Timber Timbre presents new alternative album Sincerely, Future Pollution. With members from around Ontario and Quebec, the group has been nominated twice at the JUNOs. The new album should resonate with those who dig things a little offbeat.
Alternative pop songstress Lou Canon of Toronto launches spacious sonics on album Suspicious. She has worked as an elementary school teacher and is the sister-in-law of Hayden. The quality of the disc means her music career is a promising one.
Alternative rock group The Wooden Sky, also from Toronto, is back with another winner, Swimming in Strange Waters. Some of the songs on here are instantly swoon-inducing. The band has received a JUNO nomination. This one should attract another.
Winnipeg has quite a good folk group called Casati. Album There Will Be Days will delight you. The trio describes its sound as “A mix of folk, jazz and pop. Spaghetti western meets a Parisian cafe. An intimate performance featuring intricate arrangements from 3 acoustic instruments.” Those instruments are ukulele, guitar, and bass.
Finally, Toronto’s Del Bel contributes III. The Toronto Star described the band as “Harrowing, cinematic, downtempo pop noir as artfully sculpted and gorgeous as it is unsettling. Del Bel is the most intriguing young Canadian band you haven’t heard of. Yet.” The new album, from this very talented bunch, contains an opulent concoction of just about every style you can think of and is definitely worth checking out.