Selected New Releases: July 28, 2017

Montreal electronic group Raveen takes us on a soulful ride in new album Always. A beautiful music video of the opener and title-track has been launched. We embed it below to give you a taste.

North Vancouver’s JUNO nominated Madchild is back at it rapping in his nasally way about The Darkest Hour on his new album. It’s doing quite well – in the iTunes Top 20.

Celebrated Montreal collective Arcade Fire presents fifth album Everything Now co-produced by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Pulp’s Steve Mackey. It has fired up to #1 in the iTunes arcade. The alternative music group has sold multiplatinum and won multiple JUNO awards.

The Ruffled Feathers from Vancouver, though essentially doing adult contemporary on album Hand-Me-Down Centuries, blend AC with some singer-songwriter vibes and alternative sweets.

Toronto JUNO nominated alt-jazz group BadBadNotGood remixes songs from other folks on the sumptuous Late Night Tales. Included are tracks by Stereolab, The Beach Boys, River Tiber, Boards of Canada, and Charlotte Day Wilson!

This week’s standout, especially for those who love alt-folk music, belongs to Mappe Of, the project of Whitby, Ontario’s Tom Meikle. The artistic music on A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone is filled with intricate details and rich atmospherics. Live performance of track “Cavern’s Dark” from Massey Hall embedded below.

Looking for rock? Check out the fine self-titled album from Toronto’s Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs.

Indie on the melancholy rocks comes by way of superb EP Memorial by Western Jaguar. The group is from Carly Rae Jepsen’s hometown of Mission, BC.

Lastly, we imagine most of you have seen the new Shania Twain video by now, but in case not we embed “Life’s About to Get Good” below. It has surpassed a million views. We think it makes a good song even better.


New Releases 16-24 July 2015

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Victoria’s Nick La Riviere drops his second album Another Time Around. The adult contemporary work is a grand effort. Ontario roots group Slocan Ramblers get the folk rolling at an exciting pace on Coffee Creek. Alberta’s Livy Jeanne turns heads with her debut album Dashboard Renegade which just may be the best country LP of the year to date.

Roots specialist Old Man Luedecke is back with more splendour on Domestic Eccentric. He’s from Chester, NS. November is a wonderful adult contemporary album and the fourth from Wingham, ON’s Lesley Pike. Afternoons in Stereo is the brainchild of Hamilton’s Greg Vickers. He puts 70s fusion dance, jazz, R&B, and funk into modern lounge. The superb Retrospective is somewhat of a greatest hits package containing two new tracks.

Head-bangers will enjoy self-titled album from Nova Scotia metal outfit A Sight For Sewn Eyes. Originally from Montreal, Thomas Arsenault now based in the States continues his experimental project Mas Ysa with new album Seraph. Finally, talented North Vancouver rapper Madchild dishes out his latest, Silver Tongue Devil.

Roundup of Selected New Releases 30 September 2014

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As we head into the busy autumn season, we are seeing an upsurge in the number of album releases. Below is an overview of 20 Canadian albums (and an EP) released on this last day of September 2014.

Tristan Malavoy - QuatreAs far as more mainstream pop/rock goes, Tristan Malavoy has released a 4-track EP (pictured left) called Quatre, which is very good with beautiful artistic compositions. Tracks of My Years is a new album of covers from Bryan Adams who needs no introduction. Un homme qui vous ressemble is the latest LP from Mario Pelchat, a platinum, Felix-winning, 4-time JUNO nominee. Nova Scotia’s Mo Kenney is garnering immense critical acclaim. Her songwriting prowess is being compared to Ron Sexsmith’s. Mo’s new album is In My Dreams. For lovers of more rootsy, classic rock, New Brunswick’s Kendra Gale Band has released the great Carousel.

A number of electronic albums are out. Secret Sun is a duo from Montreal with album Cold Coast which is remarkably good. Innerworld is the new LP from Toronto’s Electric Youth. For alternative music on the more experimental side, check out Lydia Ainsworth‘s Right From Real. Zubberdust! by Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche is mainly an instrumental progressive jam. Coco MeliesLighthouse is less electronic and more eclectic. Chloe Sainte-Marie has released double CD and book, A la croisee des silences, with poetry readings and music.

Roots music fans can examine el Paseo by Calgary’s WiL for something a little different. Along the same lines, Kelowna, BC’s Andrew Judah has come out with the exquisite Monster, an alternative folk work.

Prominent Anglophone rappers have launched new albums: Vancouver’s Madchild (Switched On) and Nova Scotia’s Buck 65 (Neverlove). Francophone rapper Souldia has released Krime Grave.

Legendary jazz guitarist Lenny Breau is no longer with us, but a discovery of a past recording was made and transferred onto CD – LA Bootleg 1984. Three-time JUNO nominee Elizabeth Shepherd has come out with The Signal. This is vocal jazz with some good R&B/soul in the mix. Philippe Dunnigan has done a good job at converting some popular songs into classical arrangements which you can hear on album There You Are. Les pourquoi 2 is an LP of Children’s Franco music by Benoit Archambault. Finally, Songs of a Siren by Lea Longo is jazzy world music with Indian vibes.