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.