Acoustic, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] Tobias Jesso Jr. – Hollywood

No Comments 20 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Piano-playing singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. has been catching attention from L.A. to London and he hasn’t even recorded an album. After all the buzz we finally get his first single, “Hollywood”, a sparse confessional about the Vancouver artist’s trials and tribulations in Los Angeles. Despite the song’s bleakness it’s captivating.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Tough Lovers – Mouthful of Blood

No Comments 20 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
tough lovers

Vancouver’s Tough Lovers have one foot in ’70’s rock and the other foot in contemporary indie, and since 2010 they’ve consistently been offering up well-crafted, thoughtful songs. Now I am hearing rumblings that it all may be coming to an end. Say it isn’t so!

Canadian, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Music, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] Little Coyote – Blood & Bones

No Comments 19 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
little coyote

Teagan Johnston (aka Little Coyote) is a classically trained pianist, which is in full evidence on her latest 2-track EP “Blood & Bones”. The two tracks of jazz-tinged indie folk offer up some lyrical depth as well as some deft touches on both the piano and leopards.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Lisa LeBlanc- Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted

No Comments 18 November 2014

by Tiana Feng
lisaleblanc
Lisa LeBlanc is one of those song-writers where everything seems to flow naturally, organically and real. The francophone artist recently released an EP titled Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted. It’s definitely worth your undivided attention.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop, Roots

[Listen] Bend the River – Assassins

No Comments 16 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
bend the river

“Assassins” is from Bend the River’s sophomore album ‘So Long Joan Fontaine’. The album title has me scratching my head but the music is just fine — rootsy folk-rock with one foot in the ’70’s and the other planted smack in the middle of 21st century indie. This track may sound vaguely like The Band but there is something very contemporary in its structure and lyrics.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Watch

[Watch] Amanita Bloom – Some Tragic Darling

No Comments 16 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

A harrowing tale of murder from Amanita Bloom. The sombre, dark folk tune is reminiscent of Nick Cave in his broodiest moments.

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Folk, Pop, Watch

[Watch] High Ends – Intoxicated

No Comments 15 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Yukon Blonde’s Jeffrey Innes’ song (as High Ends) “Intoxicated” gets the claymation treatment in this video. Yay, claymation!

Canadian, Chillwave, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Music, Pop, Shoegaze

[Listen] Superbloom – You Are My Wave/Always With My Friends

No Comments 14 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
supernnnnn

Superbloom have made the move from Edmonton to Montreal and released the double single “You Are My Wave/Always With My Friends”. Don’t let the hoser image fool you, this is urbane, sophisticated music — chillwave grooves with hints of jazz, dreampop vocals and indie folk sensibilities.

Art rock, Canadian, Folk, Pop, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] Thus Owls – Ropes

No Comments 14 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Thus Owls offer us a visual treat with their video for “Ropes”. Hazy, colour-altered footage accentuates the dreamy nature of the song.

Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] Layten Kramer – Passing of Time

No Comments 13 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
layten

Emerging singer-songwriter Layten Kramer has released his debut EP ‘Through the Days’ and we hope to hear a full-length from him sometime in 2015. His music centres around his insightful lyrics but he is also wise enough to surround himself with talented accompanists (note the deft use of brass in this track). He also has the coolest album art!

Acoustic, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen/Download] Mabaleka – into the tide

No Comments 13 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
DarkenedBranches

The acoustic brother duo Mabaleka live in separate cities (Ottawa and Saskatoon) but manage to come together to create upbeat and heartfelt music. The infectious “Into the Tide” sirs memories of not only ’90’s indie pop but also the great singer-songwriter Paul Simon.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Roots, Soul

[Listen] LaBidos – Wild Beast

No Comments 13 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
labidos

LaBidos are two brothers from Canada but they play a southern fried mix of blues folk. “Wild Beast” chronicles the tale of an eventful road trip through USA and Mexico.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Metal, Music, Pop

[Listen] Mr. Goshness – Two Thousand Pieces

No Comments 12 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
mr. goshness

It’s been a long wait. Indie prog rockers Mr. Goshness have been kicking around the Vancouver Island music scene for several years and they are now finally releasing their debut full-length, ‘A Guide To All Things Twisted’. The first single is “Two Thousand Pieces” which is part math rock, part indie folk/pop and part, oh I dunno, Broadway musical? It isn’t that long (3:45) but it has a mini-epic feel due to multiple change-ups.

Canadian, Folk, Roots, Singer/songwriter, Watch

[Watch] Lights – Portal

No Comments 11 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Probably not what you’d expect from the dancefloor-friendly Lights. “Portal” is a country/folk confessional with restrained instrumentation. The single chord accompaniment ends up being atmospheric, evocative and highly effective.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Neil Holyoak – Red Queen of Autumn

No Comments 11 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
holy oak

The gentle alt folk sounds of Neil Holyoak paint a beautiful picture of Fall.

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