The highest-profile release this week is Little Army by Kingston’s Headstones, a platinum rock band that has been nominated four times at the JUNOs. Outselling the veterans at iTunes (currently #5 overall) however is the debut album from Roxane Bruneau, a singer-songwriter effort. Roxane has gained a large following becoming a web star first with her songs and good sense of humour. Album Dysphorie is red hot. Aliocha was born in France but grew up in Canada. He has done a lot of acting work and now launches debut LP entitled Eleven Songs, a splendid alternative music job. JUNO nominated PartyNextDoor contributes his latest urban EP, Colours 2. Both the Aliocha and PND works are currently Top 25 at iTunes.
Jean-Willy Kunz is a JUNO winning organist and presents Au grand orgue Pierre-Béique containing his sensitive interpretations of works by various composers. JUNO-nominated country group Cold Creek County from Brighton, ON releases Homemade. Also JUNO-nominated is roots duo Madison Violet serving The Knight Sessions this week.
Among this week’s releases, we at Canadian Music Blog like Aquatic by Toronto’s Adaline, a very well done alternative album. Ashleigh Ball is the frontwoman of Vancouver outfit Hey Ocean, and she delivers boss pop album Gold in You. A pleasant surprise for us is Sugar at the Gate by TOPS, a captivating, mature, laid-back indie pop disc. Sans is a beautifully done R&B EP from Toronto’s Merna.
Below is a table summarizing a selection of this week’s Canadian artist releases. Below that we have embedded two music videos. The first is the latest from Alberta’s Kiesza who is featured in new track “Don’t Want You Back” from Netherlands’ DJ/producer Bakermat. Below that is the music video for “Everything Now”, title-track off the upcoming album from Quebec’s Arcade Fire.
Enjoy the new music.
|Au grand orgue…||Jean-Willy Kunz||1JA||Montreal||classical|
|Broken Sky||Declan O’Donovan||Whitehorse||alt-folk|
|Gold in You||Ashleigh Ball||Vancouver||pop|
|Homemade||Cold Creek County||1JN||Brighton||country|
|The Knight Sessions||Madison Violet||1JN||Toronto||s-s|
|Little Army||Headstones||4JN, PLAT||Kingston||rock|
|Mad Season||Obey the Brave||Montreal||metal|
|Mon party Country||Veronique Labbe||Thetford Mines||country|
|Sugar at the Gate||TOPS||Montreal||indie pop|
|Colours 2 (EP)||PartyNextDoor||1JN||Mississauga||urban|
|Hard Way Road (EP)||Young James||Saskatoon||rock|
JA=Juno Award; JN=Juno Nomination; PLAT=platinum artist; s-s=singer-songwriter; title in red text=disc in iTunes Albums Top 25.