We begin this week’s batch of new releases with Angels Bend Closer from Guelph’s artistic ace Jane Siberry. She is best known for her big radio hit “One More Colour” from 1985. The sparkling new album can best be described perhaps as alternative adult contemporary.
Toronto dream pop duo Twin Rains is all about Automatic Hands, its debut album. The songs are very well written and effectively engender a subdued mood. Check out the delicious funky track “Flash Burn”. The album barely has a dull moment making it one of our top picks among this week’s releases.
Nicely done as well is Chérie, les heures from Montreal’s François Roy. Essentially, this is a singer-songwriter work, though with some alternative vibes kneaded in for some smile-inducing thrills.
La Crete, Alberta is home to country superstar duo High Valley. The Brothers made the iTunes Top 10 with new album Dear Life. High Valley is one of the top hopefuls for a Canadian country breakthrough internationally, and the new album, slickly produced, will definitely rev up the momentum.
From Jane Siberry’s hometown of Guelph, there is another star. Her name is Andrea Lindsay. The JUNO award winner was raised an Anglophone but learned French as a second language and opted to make Franco music especially with husband Luc de Larochellière. On new album Entre le jazz et la java she tries her hand at jazz and succeeds brilliantly.
Toronto electronic outfit Diana is back with new album Familiar Touch which is getting rave reviews. Add ours to the list. The trio is in top form when cooking up more creative tracks; “Cry” is a standout for us, but the whole album is an enjoyable ride.
Heading on up to Edmonton, 100 Mile House delivers new album Hiraeth, the married couple’s fourth. This should knock the wind out of those who love roots music on the smooth and reflective rather than noisy, raucous side. The arrangements are very impressive and beautiful.
Traditional folk doesn’t get much better than Regina’s The Dead South. Illusion & Doubt is perky and fun. The fourpiece band will get you slapping your knee along with these sweet ditties.
London’s Rose Cora Perry presents rock album Onto the Floor. She provides a nice range from Patti Smith type piano rock to the swaggering pump of “Empty” for which she recently released a music video.
From south riverside Quebec comes rapper Saye and album Ultimatum. He is joined by some of the biggest names of the genre in Canada like Souldia and Koriass.
Guelph artists have certainly been busy this week. Jim Guthrie joins JJ Ipsen to concoct the instrumental soundtrack of construction and management simulation video game Planet Coaster entitled You, Me & Gravity. You’ll have to wait a bit for the amusement park game to hit the shelves but you can enjoy the music now.
Dance music (house) with some R&B inflection is done incredibly well on new EP Another Chance from Sandy Duperval. She’s based in Canada’s indie music capital of Montreal, and the EP is so good we wish there would be more Canadian artists making this kind of music. A collaboration with Kiesza would be choice.
Hawksley Workman teams up with Thomas D’Arcy as Tommy Hawkins on alternative rock EP Amy. With quirky vocals, this should hit the spot for fans of the genre.
Montreal’s Lydia Kepinski offers some alternative singer-songwriter cool on her EP entitled … EP. The songs are exceptionally well-crafted; thus, we really look forward to her career as it unfolds.
Last, but not least, the destination is Winnipeg! The five members of band Lanikai, “like the Hawaiian beach they get their name from, mix the serene and the stormy, pulling together lush, sparkling alt-pop vibes and swaggering ‘60s soul groove to create a timeless, distinctive sound,” as stated on the group’s Facebook page, a perfect description of the fine, self-titled EP.
Other Cool Stuff
Vancouver’s alluring alt-pop female trio The Katherines will be releasing a new LP in the new year. Paul Janz’ son Colin who records under the name Frederick is featured on track “Better Off Now” which is available on iTunes. Frederick himself has launched sumptuous single “Silver Light”.
Also of note, hot folky award winning artist Safia Nolin has released a collection of covers in Reprises Vol. 1. which is in the iTunes Top 10.
A number of Christmas albums are coming out these days. We will profile them at some point in December.