Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Ambrose- Spanish Boomerang

No Comments 27 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
ambrose
Meet Ambrose, the latest addition to the Visage Musique family. Spanish Boomerang is their latest 12″ EP, showing off some sprawling minimalistic synth-pop.

Canadian, Pop, Watch

[WATCH] SCENIC ROUTE TO ALASKA – PARIS

No Comments 27 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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“Paris” is from Edmonton’s Scenic Route to Alaska’s second full-length release ‘Warrington’. The song is a deceivingly simple pop/rock number — it actually grows on you.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Pop

[LISTEN] JAY POLLOCK – CIRCUS

No Comments 26 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Jay Pollock’s new album is as bright and colourful as the titular sunflowers on the cover. He breezes through a set of rootsy but contemporary songs, and incorporates blues, country, folk and jazz with seeming ease. Most satisfying is the nice fat sound that you can really sink your teeth into. Highlighted is “Circus”, a rather whimsical song with a touch of southern funk.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Shoegaze

[Album Review] Alvvays- Alvvays

No Comments 26 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
alvvays

Rating:

Release Date: July 22nd, 2014
Label: Royal Mountain Reocrds/Polyvinyl Records

At its surface Alvvays‘ self-titled, is a collection of jangly-shoegaze pop tunes that were released at the appropriate time, summer. Continue Reading

Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Pop, Watch

[WATCH] PINK MOTH – ECLIPSED

No Comments 25 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Pink Moth is a musical project by Toronto’s Ray Cammaert. “Eclipsed” is the title track from the new album.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Uncategorized

[Album Review] Prairie Cat- Who Knows Where To Begin?

No Comments 25 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Rating:

Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Label: Independent

The album ‘Who Knows Where to Begin?‘ starts with the sound of a child’s music box, which is quite appropriate given that there is a pervasive childlike theme at work here. The writing and arrangements, for example, are childlike in their simplicity. The songs are essentially just singer-songwriter Cary Pratt (a.k.a. Prairie Cat) tooling around on his electric piano, although he does recruit the help of several of his Vancouver musician friends to provide embellishment. And there is even a childlike innocence in Pratt’s earnest vocal delivery, right down to the deliberate rolling of his r‘s. In fact, you find yourself so caught up in the record’s innocence that by the time the singer drops an f-bomb in the fifth track you find yourself snickering like a 10-year old. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] TOPS- Way To be Loved

No Comments 24 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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TOPS fans will be treated with a new album called Picture You Staring on September 2nd. “Way To Be Loved” is from the album and does their signature thing of making it sound like a classic pop tune.

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Mozart’s Sister- Good Thing Bad Thing

No Comments 24 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Mozart’s Sister‘s new tune “Good Thing Bad Thing” definitely a good thing filled with delicious synths and an R&B-esque vocal line. Her upcoming album Being drops August 5th on Paperbag Records.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Album Review] Reef Shark- Better Weather

No Comments 24 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
reef shark album

Rating:

Release Date: June 23rd, 2014
Label: Independent

One thing about eagerly waiting for something for too long is that you start to worry that you are building it up too much and that surely this is going to end in disappointment. Such was the case with the debut album from Vancouver’s Reef Shark. It was recorded in 2013 but for some reason it has been languishing for many months with only the odd teaser to keep us tantalized (like the video to “Frozen Beach”). Well, the debut is finally here and fortunately the record was definitely worth waiting for. It is, in fact, one of the best Canadian indie albums of the year so far. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] THE WRITTEN YEARS – THE STATION

No Comments 23 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The cut “The Station” is from Vancouver band The Written Years self-titled album. The delicate, mournful ballad shows off the band’s folksier side.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] ALTERED BY MOM – JOANNE/FANTASTIC PLANS

No Comments 23 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
ABM

Altered BY Mom is the latest musical project by veteran Devon Lougheed (beekeeper, Hey Ocean!). This time out it’s more straight-forward power pop, but there is still a quirky edge.

Canadian, Electronic, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] HIGH ENDS – INTOXICATED

No Comments 23 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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High Ends is a solo project by Yukon Blonde’s Jeffrey Innes. “Intoxicated” would be a folk rock stomp, but it’s done with electronics. A fun, chorus-driven sing-along, if somewhat undemanding.

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

[Listen] Jay Arner – T.S.A.T.S.

No Comments 23 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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For those of you who just cannot get enough Jay Arner, here’s a track that did not appear on his self-titled album last year. It was released as a 7″ flexi.

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

[LISTEN] BILLY GHOST – SALUTE THE GOLDEN AGE (EP)

No Comments 23 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
New Billy Ghost

The new 6-track EP from the mysterious Billy Ghost is a follow-up to his fantastic self-titled LP released earlier this year. The songs here range from dreamy (“Pacific Ocean Blues”) to Beatlesque (“What a Disaster!”) but they are all works of well-crafted pop.

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Austra- American Science (Duran Duran Cover)

No Comments 22 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Austra covers Duran Duran’s “American Science” as a part of Manimal’s upcoming Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to Duran Duran. The proceeds from the album will benefit Amnesty International.

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