Mid-June 2017 Hot Canadian Tracks

We’re closing in on summer, upon Canada’s 150th, and upon us is a tasty batch of new tracks which we present. Hopefully at least one of these will do it for ya.

Quebec’s Arcade Fire has decided to release a second track off upcoming album Everything Now. “Creature Comfort” offers a style that is punchier than the bouncy title track released not too long ago. An ultra widescreen MV complete with lyrics is out, the coolest part of which is to see Régine pull a LIGHTS and wield a keytar.  iTunes

The Great White North’s most popular pop group, British Columbia’s Hedley, has wrapped up the Hello era to launch a stand-alone single, “Love Again”. A new album is undoubtedly in the works.  iTunes

Montreal alternative group Stars releases a traditional two-track single as A-Side: “Privilege”, B-Side: “We Called It Love”.  iTunes

Ontarian Donovan Woods has crafted a super catchy singer-songwriter ditty called “All Mine”. He sounds a bit like John Mayer which we mean as a compliment. Wonderful track!  iTunes

The incomparable Pierre Lapointe cranks up the artistry on “La science du cœur” which builds to a satisfying climax. The music video (subtitled in English) has the camera slowly pulling back as Pierre stands before a beautiful set design.  iTunes

Nova Scotian Ria Mae is back with a bite on wonderful new pop song “Bend”. If she can consistently come up with songs this good, the platinum singer and songwriter has a great career in store.  iTunes

The production on Toronto’s Alvvays‘ last effort pushed Molly’s beautiful vocals into the background drowning them out into a muffle which disappointed us. Hopefully, a smarter job will be done on upcoming album Antisocialites. Lead single “In Undertow” is … in tow.  iTunes

Death from Above 1979 casts forth new song “Freeze Me”, a boss alternative rock track. The outfit has a JUNO and a gold-certified disc.  iTunes

Metric singer Emily Haines echoes the beautiful piano balladry of Emm Gryner (21st Century Ballads) while filling it with alternative ornamentation. The new track is “Fatal Gift” in which she addresses extremes of wealth and poverty.  iTunes

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Death From Above 1979 Resurrects Itself in The Physical World

Death From Above 1979 - The Physical WorldToronto punk duo Death From Above 1979 released a gold album in 2004 which gave Sebastien and Jesse a JUNO nomination for New Group of the Year. And with that, the two parted ways. Sebastien began solo work under various aliases, collaborated with k-os and Broken Social Scene, and secured co-ownership of Giant Studios in Toronto with Metric’s Jimmy Shaw. Jesse also recorded under various aliases and formed electronic duo MSTRKRFT. He produced and composed tracks for the Mortal Kombat reboot. Come 2011, and the two decided to bury the hatchet and resurrect Death From Above 1979, writing and recording new album The Physical World released a decade after its debut LP.

Sebastien perched himself back behind a drum set and Jesse on diesel powered bass to flick sweat off their hair, squelch into the mic, crack window panes, and instigate slam dancing mayhem. This stuffed coffin of electric jolts is more about offering listeners an experience than a pouch of sing-along melodies. Death From Above 1979 has scored its first charting single this week, thanks to cut “Trainwreck 1979”. The album itself cracked the iTunes Top 5. It would appear then that the reformation was well worth it.  iTunes

Roundup of Selected New Releases 9 September 2014

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Absent for a decade, Windsor’s The Tea Party has released its 8th album, The Ocean at the End. The Moroccan Roll band has been nominated for some 13 JUNOs and scored three multiplatinum albums. Le Paysagiste is a new project by Sudbury’s Dayv Poulin. He describes his Alter Ego LP as pop, rock, acousto, electro, ambient. The album is very good, worth checking out.

Toronto artists with new albums include punk outfit Death From Above 1979 with The Physical World. The band has managed a gold album and JUNO nomination. Because of Billie is the new LP out from fabulous JUNO winning jazz singer Molly Johnson.

Montréal’s roots rocker Dany Placard has topped the iTunes Franco chart with Santa Maria. Immediately behind him is the sophomore album from Hôtel Morphée, Rêve Américain. With its debut LP, the alternative music group was nominated for two Félix awards. Another grand release from Québec is Kwey by folk artist Guy Marin.

Halifax has been working hard; there are three releases out this week from its artists. Power pop band Sloan has launched Commonwealth. The group has scored four gold albums, six Top 40 hits, and won a JUNO. Brilliant alternative musician Rich Aucoin‘s latest is Ephemeral. Our favourite LP this week belongs to In-Flight Safety thanks to new wave flavoured Conversationalist which plays like a good book that you can’t put down. Excellent album!

Rap music fans can grab a copy of P. Reign‘s new EP, Dear America, available in both explicit and clean versions. The rapper’s real name is Raynford Humphrey. He grew up in Toronto and is of Guyanese descent. The King of Da North was featured in Alyssa Reid’s smash “Alone Again” as well as Hedley’s “Invincible”. Another EP released this week is 3-track The Calling, a synth pop effort from new Montréal artist Liyon, alias of J. D. Leblanc.