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.


Gord Downie Joins The Sadies Beneath The Conquering Sun

Gord Downie The Sadies and the Conquering SunToronto quartet, The Sadies, has been releasing music for 16 years. JUNO nominations have happened twice. As well, Mike Roberts’ fiery animation for The Sadies’ “Rumbleseat” MV won an award. Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has teamed with the band on new album The Conquering Sun. The two bands have toured together many times, so the teaming was almost inevitable. Downie has always been a great lyricist, and his twangy singing style is a good match for The Sadies’ roots music. The result is a cerebral and energetic metropolitan country sound that rocks as much as it wagon wheels. MV for “Crater” below.  iTunes

The Sadies Pull Out Some Internal Sounds

The Sadies - Internal SoundsStraight from the heart of the Golden Horseshoe, The Sadies are a roots and traditional quartet who have been stirring up tunes since 1998. The JUNO for Music Video of the Year in 2012 was awarded to Mike Roberts’ fiery animation for The Sadies’ “Rumbleseat“. The band has launched its latest album, Internal Sounds, that is getting riddled with rave reviews like slivers in a carpenter’s hands. Members Dallas and Travis Good were behind another project earlier this year–The Good Family Album. Internal Sounds is an album that both rocks like a boat in a moody river and rolls like a wagon wheel along country roads. Canadian legend Buffy Sainte-Marie appears on the closing track.

Internal Sounds on iTunes     The Sadies’ Website