Selected New Releases 10 February 2017


Vibrant Heels of Lévis, QC contributes a good metal album for fans of the genre. Crank up Driven for some concussion inducing hard rock tunes. It’s not all noise and fury but offers too some skilled instrumentation and blends in a little alternative rock which makes the disc more engaging.

Winnipeg’s The Treble could not be more excited to release its debut album Modernaires, and we are impressed with it. The group has a pleasant, driving folk-pop sound which will get you slapping your knee along to the well-crafted tunes.

Vancouver alternative group Mother Mother delivers No Culture. Described by iTunes as a mix of “crunchy rock and explosive pop”, it debuted on the platform’s chart at #2. It is certainly a fun album to listen to with ample theatrics and pizzazz.

Like Mother Mother, but more on the roots as opposed to progressive side, two JUNO nominations deck The Sadies‘ halls. The new album Northern Passages blends several genres together resulting in an alternative soup that is quite delicious.

Surprisingly fine is the self-titled album from Cape Breton’s Port Cities. Smooth groove and punchy pop music with some heartland ambiance makes this one of the best releases this week.

Raton Lover does soft rock right on Le sens du vent. The band is from Quebec City. You will hear the occasional spark of country and some clever hooks yielding a rewarding listening experience.

Our pick for the week is electronic project Teen Daze from the Fraser Valley, BC’s exceptionally talented Jamison Isaak. Album Themes for Dying Earth is both soothing and dazzling, conjuring up an atmosphere of futurism and dreamy melancholy that transported us to another dimension. The album is unbelievably good.

Those eager for some 60s style French pop, look no further than the new album from bilingual artist Sally Folk, 3e acte. She’s from Montreal.

There are a few EPs this week to talk about. Montreal’s Nicolas Patterson contributes a really nice singer-songwriter disc Everything Is Changing. Begonia, project of Chic Gamine singer Alexa Dirks, releases alternative EP Lady in Mind. Raphaël Dénommé of Quebec makes decent blues trash rock on a new eponymous disc. Finally, Vancouver’s Emma Citrine serves gritty folk rock on EP Sad Surprise.


Roundup of Selected New Releases 16 September 2014

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Music fans should find something dig-worthy in this week’s Canadian releases. Here’s a roundup of 10 of them.

Montreal duo Propofol has filled a void with LP Le Banquet. The two perform electronic rock but in a more punk-leaning fashion and with sultry female vocals to boot; this is a very delicious jam. Another winner is Between Colours, the latest album from The Wilderness of Manitoba who describes its music as dream pop meets folk rock. Montrealer La Bronze has dazzled the folks at iTunes; track “La jeunesse féline” has been named Single of the Week (grab it here). Headbangers can revel in the new EP from Nanaimo, BC’s The Body Politic; the music on Egressor is described as progressive metal. Country music fans will no doubt be impressed with the debut EP from Vancouver duo Austin Belle which includes catchy title-track “Just Drive“.

Multiplatinum Bruno Pelletier is back. This time he has teamed up with Guy St-Onge to cover hit songs from the movies; this is actually a bilingual work. Raton Lover is a new 4-member rock band from Quebec City. Check out its self-titled album for some good tunes. Another great rock release this week, leaning more towards the roots side, is The Union from Kingston, ON’s The Glorious Sons. For those of you hungry for something a bit more lightweight sonically and beautiful, Montreal singer-songwriter Adam Cohen has released We Go Home deservedly earning a Top 10 iTunes placement. Finally, let’s not forget our northern artists: Lowell hails from the good ol’ Yukon and has launched her debut alt-rock album which is just fab.