Nov 3 Releases: Johnny Reid, Marc Dupré, Jess Moskaluke…

New releases this week number at least 22 LPs and 5 EPs. Find at the end of this post a listing of the 27. Our year-to-date totals are 620 Canadian artist albums and 118 extended plays. Artists from Quebec have been the most industrious this year accounting for 40.6% of the albums, Ontarians 32.6%, and British Columbians 9.8%. Albums from groups (3 or more musicians) make up 34.4%, male soloists exactly the same (34.4%), female soloists 21.5%, and duos 9.0%. The remainder are various artist compilation discs. The genres of choice for recording artists in Canada, as we have determined before, are singer-songwriter/folk and alternative which together account for 45.8% of the works with the remainder spread fairly evenly among the other genres. At the end of 2017, we will provide a final and more detailed analysis of the stats. Before getting to the table of new releases, we wish to highlight six of them. Four of this week’s batch are Christmas albums which we will feature in a separate post closer to the holiday.

Andréanne A. Malette, releases a self-titled folk pop tour de force including her mega hit “Fou”. The Granby singer has a beautiful voice, and the vitamin-popped songs frolic along ever so charmingly. This is a wonderful album, Malette’s second.

Our acquisition from the United Kingdom, Johnny Reid of Brampton, Ontario, is a multiplatinum five-time JUNO winner and lays his latest on the banquet table – Revival. He goes for a David Clayton-Thomas’ retro sound with all the fusion adult contemporary trimmings.

Popular for his imaginative brand of alternative folk, Montreal’s Philippe Brach contributes Le silence des troupeaux in which he muses on the state of the world and offers some tips on how to deal with it. Find a little bit of blues and rock in the mix. The album is selling well.

With two gold albums achieved, Marc Dupré is back with another one worthy of the milestone – La vie qu’il nous reste. It is currently sitting comfortably in the iTunes Top 10. The disc is a very good pop album, one of the best releases this week, filled with catchy songs.

Just as great as Marc’s as far as pop goes is an EP from Halifax’s Ria Mae, My Love, featuring her current hit single “Bend”. The platinum JUNO nominee is a very good songwriter, and her brand of pop offers a nice fusion of flavours.

Country superstar Jess Moskaluke from Saskatchewan has a brand new EP out – Past the Past. The seven-track unit features her hits “Drive Me Away” and “Kill Your Love”. Jess is a JUNO winning, platinum recording artist.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE ORIGIN
Acts of Love Maylee Todd R&B ON
Andreanne A. Malette Andreanne A. Malette Folk Pop QC
Apatheia DJ Brace Rap MB
Cassiopee Mara Tremblay Alt Rock QC
Coconut Christmas The Lost Fingers Xmas QC
Consolez-vous De Temps Antan Folk QC
Les corps infinis La Bronze Alt QC
Deluxe La Famille Ouellette Pop QC
Long Hot Summer Days Jim Byrnes Blues BC
Lumieres d’hiver Emilie-Claire Barlow Xmas ON
Martin Valois Martin Valois Pop-Rock QC
Mercy Works Casper Skulls Alt ON
Murphy The Carn Davidson 9 Jazz ON
Nevahland Liam Corcoran S-S PE
Noel Ensemble Mario Pelchat & les Prêtres Xmas QC
Old School Yule! Matt Dusk Xmas ON
Le pain le pays la paix Benoît LeBlanc Folk QC
Revival Johnny Reid AC ON
Le silence des troupeaux Philippe Brach Alt Folk QC
To Love the Coming… The Deep Cove Alt Rock BC
Ubiquite M. Lizotte & M. Desy Classical QC
La vie qu’il nous reste Marc Dupre Pop QC
Hot Three (EP) Alex Pangman Jazz ON
Mark Times (EP) Mark Times Country AB
My Love (EP) Ria Mae Pop NS
Past the Past (EP) Jess Moskaluke Country SK
Wild Eyed Wanderer (EP) Alessia Cohle Country ON
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New Releases 4 September 2015

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With 15 albums released this week, we are now over 400 for 2015. Alphabetically by title, we begin with Bave de robot by Sherbrooke garage rock outfit Les Conards à l’Orange. Best known for “Crabbuckit”, 3-time JUNO winner k-os is back with new album Can’t Fly Without Gravity. The Toronto rapper continues to go beyond hip hop and bring in extra flavours. Also from the city that supposedly rhymes with piranha, Tami Neilson releases Dynamite. Her genre of choice is old school country, and she does a fine job at it, a very fine job.

As far as new school country goes, we shall fly to Calgary where actor Wes Mack launches his debut LP Edge of the Storm containing his previous hit singles. From Saddledome city, we take a 3.5 hour drive up north to Edmonton where alternative electro punk rock duo Concealer also lands a debut album with the interesting title Fêted: Fetid. Montreal’s Philémon Cimon contributes something fun; Les femmes comme des montagnes blends different styles together.

Also from the latter city, singer-songwriter Philippe Brach daubs up creative work Portraits de famine. The folky Pot Mason appears from Joannie Benoit, a finalist from the 2012 season of Star Academy. She is from Tracadie-Sheila, NB. The Souljazz Orchestra is a fabulous world music (African and Caribbean styles) group from Ottawa, and members take turns leading the vocals on the various tracks of album Resistance.

Those longing for some middle-intensity modern rock should adore the new release from Toronto’s Young Empires, The Gates, an excellent album. Also at that level of quality, though different in style, is Peter Henry Phillips’ The Origin. He is from Saint-Adrien, QC, and the music on here is stunning. As far as Nanaimo, BC rock band Gold & Shadow goes, Torch shines.

Coincidentally, someone else from Nanaimo gives us something special this week. We’re talkin’ blues rocker David Gogo. The exquisite Vicksburg Call is his 14th album! CHR champ Tyler Shaw releases his debut album Yesterday containing his hit singles to date. Tyler is from the Vancouver suburb of Coquitlam. We cannot say enough good things about The Karpinka Brothers’ You Can Count on Me. Classified as alternative folk, all we can say is the tunes are incredibly catchy. The talented brothers are from Saskatoon.

Three EPs out this week are Those People Will Never Die from Quebec City metal group Cardinals Pride, Tout dans ta tête from Winnipeg roots rock Justin Lacroix Band, and V from Toronto new wave trio Bravestation.

Grab at least one of these fine releases to enjoy over the Labour Day long weekend!