The Canadian Music Blog has named Loscil’s Sea Island as its pick for Album of November. In 2014, the CMB began selecting its favourite among all albums released in a given month regardless of genre. From January through October, these albums of the month were Mode Moderne’s Occult Delight (January), PyPy’s Pagan Day (February), Adam Smale’s Out of the Blue (March), Catherine Leduc’s Rookie (April), Azelie’s Something Good (May), Bobby Wills’ Crazy Enough (June), Elise Estrada’s #Round3 (July), Made Them Lions’ MTL (August), Salome Leclerc’s 27 Fois l’aurore (September), and Kiesza’s Sound of a Woman (October).
Through the year, a number of albums released by Canadian artists came to our attention months after release. In one case, we came across an album later on that we liked even better than the one we had declared Album of the Month for its month of release. In order to address such contingencies, any such album will be declared a “Dark Horse” album and we will place it in our slideshow header. We have named Alexz Johnson’s Let ‘Em Eat Cake a dark horse album. At the end of 2014, we will rank our top picks of the year. Expect to see any dark horse album make an appearance on it. We are not sure at this point whether we will name an album of December as releases tend to be lean during the final month. Around the winter solstice on December 21, we will present our ten favourite albums of autumn 2014 as well.
Vancouver’s Loscil (i.e. Scott Morgan) has just released one of the greatest ambient electronic albums ever to come out of Canada, Sea Island. Its flavour is less poppier than, say, Ulrich Schnauss and more along the lines of Steve Roach with some of those atmospheric bell-like synth chimes of Vangelis. Sweeping and airy, it subdues, it captivates, and it tugs the listener into a glorious hypnotic state. Scott has been at it for quite some time both in terms of the Loscil project (a name derived from the term looping oscillator) as well as drumming for band Destroyer. On Sea Island, everything comes together, and he hits his stride. Track “Iona” alone is a world-class masterpiece of ambient electronica. iTunes
This week, 12-time JUNO winning rock band Nickelback releases its 8th studio album, No Fixed Address. Multiplatinum folk artist Fred Pellerin launches his latest, Plus tard qu’on pense. Hard rock band Sandveiss gives us Scream Queen. The Space Between Us is a synth pop affair from Montreal’s Dee. The latest from Toronto alternative artist Meligrove Band is Bones of Things. Loscil (real name Scott Morgan) is a remarkably talented ambient electronica artist from Vancouver. His new album is called Sea Island. The Tragically Hip’s diamond certified album Fully Completely gets reissued with two new tracks. A deluxe edition includes a second CD of live versions and a super deluxe throws in a DVD and book. Universal Music Canada releases a various artists Christmas album, Tous Ensemble Pour Noel. Despite the French title, most tracks are Anglo with a couple of Franco, and most artists are Canadian with a couple of international. This is a very good compilation. It includes the original version of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” plus songs from Bryan Adams, Serena Ryder, and Nikki Yanofsky.