It’s amazing what can happen when the right situation meets the right attitude by accident.
Winnipeg is often considered a creative Mecca, with its long, hard winters forcing everyone inside and leaving them to their own devices.
This would-be follow up to Calgary band Azeda Booth’s Tubtrek EP sees founders Morgan Greenwood and Jordon Hossack falling deeper into the trances and loops that the duo only began to perfect as Azeda Booth.
This third outing from Montreal’s Ian Kelly is pretty slick, kind of timeless and full of tunes that would fit right into CBC Radio 2 Drive’s format.
“Living isn’t living if you’re killing time, it’s dying.”
Far from living up to its name, this Guelph-based band produces a lush and living sound. The songs are wonderfully arranged, too.
Winnipeg’s Crooked Brothers’ second album opens solidly, with what sounds like a suped-up version of the Breaking Bad theme in the historical 17 Horses.
This three-track chill-wave offering is the first official release from The Venom Blog’s Gabriel Akinrinmade.
Produced by Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs), the fourth disc from this Vancouver two-piece guitar and drums demolishing duo kicks off hard with Sirens and never lets go throughout the 13 tracks.
Produced by Lorrie Matheson (Rebels United), Calgary’s Samantha Savage Smith has unveiled a striking debut in Tough Cookie.
This six-song EP from Winnipeg band Burnt Witch Survivors Group isn’t as simple to categorize or describe as an initial listen might suggest.
Canada’s newest indie singer-songwriter sensation Dan Mangan returns with a heck of a record. Opener About As Helpful As You Can Be Without Being Any Help At All thunders in with a lush cradle for Mangan’s gravelly delivery, while Post-War Blues drives home a message as it gets your head nodding.
Kingston noise/pop duo PS I Love You pull a Jesus and Mary Chain here by releasing a B-sides/singles collection soon after a debut.
This seven-song set from Toronto’s Paper Bag Records doesn’t have any exclusive material, but it is a phenomenal showcase of some the hottest artists of the year.
GMac’s latest (and first for his Disintegration Records label) ranks up there with his best work to date.
Kayla Luky presents a collection of well-crafted songs that prove she’s a mature artist, but to pretend this record is about anything but her massive voice is a big mistake.
One of the most talked about local bands this year has undeniably been This Hisses, and the debut LP (or is it an EP? At eight hearty songs, we’ll call it a full length) Surf Noir does not disappoint.
Disintegration Blues, Greg MacPherson’s sixth LP, takes a turn from previous albums and focuses on MacPherson’s ability to perform solo.
Samantha Savage Smith is quite possibly one of the most humble and down-to-earth singer-songwriters you are likely to meet.