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


METRIC’s New Album SYNTHETICA, New Single “Youth Without Youth”

JUNO award winning electronic rockers Metric have a brand new 11-track album coming out on June 18 called Synthetica. This will be their 5th LP. It was recorded at New York’s Electric Lady Studios and is being produced by the band’s guitarist James Shaw. Lead singer Emily Haines has said that the album feels like a big culmination of the band’s full decade of making music, incorporating styles from throughout their back catalogue. It contains some of the sweetness from their early work, some rocking out from the middle phase, and some of the creative songwriting that went into their last (platinum-certified!) album Fantasies. The band apparently worked extremely hard on the album, more than on their previous works, as Haines said the recording process was gruelling. But they are very happy with the results of their labour.

The album’s release will be followed by a brief three-show United Kingdom tour in early July: London, Manchester, and Oxford.  Any doubt as to their ability to perform live can easily be dispelled by viewing their kick-butt performance on the David Letterman Show in 2009 (Link).

The first single from Synthetica has been released. It is the album’s second track, “Youth Without Youth”. We have embedded the music video below.

Emily is sounding as cool as LIGHTS these days. Is this a sign of a future collaboration, perhaps?