No Filter’s Top 5 Songs of the Week [April 24 – 30]

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Here is this week’s Top 5 Songs of the week.
Don’t forget to tune in every Monday at 4pm on CHUO 89.1FM
This week at #1 is the leading single from New Swears
Dance with the Devil is taken from the upcoming album And The Magic of Horses which drops on June 23, 2017
New debut this week from Bernice.
Talking About Her is taken from the upcoming EP Puff which drops on June 16, 2017
Note: () means last week and [] means total weeks.
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Prairie Cat – Leave a Note [Music Video]

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There was a time I used to listen to CBC Radio 3 and they usually play Prairie Cat’s music.
With it’s upbeat cheery mellow pop music that reminds me of a happy Jose Gonzalez.
Anyways Prairie Cat has a new album coming out called “Is Cary Pratt” dropping on June 9th via Fuzzy Logics Recordings.
Here are the details about the album:
Much of the subject matter for the latest album came from a grizzly discovery while on vacation in Hawaii. On his first day of touring the powder white beaches, Cary found an idyllic spot for the day’s sun and sand; that is, until something bobbing in the water caught his eye. Even through the blinding sunlight was reflecting off the surf, Cary could sense trouble on the horizon. Not until the ambulance had pulled away did the gravity of the situation sink in. “Finding a body definitely changes the record you were planning on making” says Pratt of his most introspective record to date.

His first new single “Leave a Note” was penned directly from this experience as Prairie Cat found a new, more urgent purpose: to say what’s on his mind and not hold back. Hear this and much more on Is Cary Pratt. As Pratt says, “Life is short, so be yourself!”
Here is the music video.
If you don’t want to want to see the whole thing it is basically killing the radio.
Doesn’t breaking things feel so good?

Wilsen – Final [Listen]

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Wilsen is a Brooklyn trio led by singer/songwriter Tamsin Wilson, Drew Arndt on bass and Johnny Simon on guitar.
Their debut album I Go Missing In My Sleep drops on April 28, 2017 via Secret City Records.
Listen to this lovely track called Final.

Reminder that Wilsen will be playing Ottawa/Hull on April 26th at Minotaure.

Hoan – Inside Touch [Music Video]

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Montreal band HOAN has dropped the music video for Inside Touch.
Inside Touch is taken from their upcoming album Modern Phase drops on April 28th via Fantome Records.
RIYL: Stereolab, This Heat and Broadcast.
Watch the music video.

del bel – III [Album Review]

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Guelph band del bel recently dropped their third album simply called III.
It is filled with dark creepy cinematic mix of trip-hop, jazz, funk and orchestral folk-rock music.
One track that caught my attention is Only Breathing, which reminds me of the throwback trip-hop sound to early Morcheeba.
The rest of the album has that dark mystic swampy scary vibe that is sort of used to with del bel.
Great album to listen to on vinyl with the lights off but with candles lit up.

Best tracks:

  • Do What The Bass Says (feat. Clairmont The Second)
  • Crookcrank
  • Only Breathing
  • Katie
  • Maybe There’ll Be Lightness

I’d give this album:
/10

Reminder playing this Saturday at Black Squirrel Books.
Details are on here.

Street Eaters – Take What I Don’t Need [Listen]

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Reminder that they will be in Ottawa on May 5th at Bar Robo!!!!

Bay Area punk duo Street Eaters released a new single from their upcoming album dropping on May 12, 2017.
The Envoy is a concept album inspired by recent political events and based on dystopian, gender revolutionary author Ursula Le Guin.
Have a listen to Take What I Don’t Need.

RIYL: Wipers, Drive Like Jehu and Huggy Bear
The duo will be playing in Ottawa on May 5th at Bar Robo.
Opening up for them will be The CHUDS and Warp Lines.
Details are on here.

Kilmanjaro – 40 (Without Her Love) [Music Video]

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Kilmanjaro is a unique and emerging 4-piece from Toronto, performing the densely layered and immersive electronic compositions of Kaan Gunesberk and Ian Culley. Two drummers Luke Graves and Ryan Macdonald weave through interlocking parts to create a bed of driving rhythm that sits underneath lush synth textures and dream-like vocal melodies. Culley and Gunesberk are both active songwriters and musicians outside of Kilmanjaro, with Culley contributing songwriting efforts to Daniel Caesar’s “Get You” and Gunesberk adapting his signature vocals on Drake’s “Right Hand.”

In January 2017, they released their debut LP A Place Unknown To All You Ever Say under NYK records. The album explores a spectrum of lofty and grimy textures amongst Gunesberk’s ethereal vocals, invoking feelings of a nocturnal daydream as he reflects on the different manifestation of his personality and relationships around him.

The band’s thoughts on the song:
“This song is the climax point in the album. All the feelings conveyed throughout the album come to this point of realization. There’s a lot of tension in the first half of the song. But it reaches a point where you’re freed from that prison of emotion that’s been holding you for the whole album. There’s this sense of awakening.”

Concrete Desire – Out of Time/Pontiac [Listen]

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Ottawa’s Rory Lewis is a touring and recording musician who used to be in the band Kalle Mattson has branched off on his own with this project called Concrete Desire.
Think of LCD Soundsystem, Bright Eyes and Wilco all in one.
So far he has dropped two singles.
Have a listen to them.

  • Out of Time
  • Pontiac

No Filter’s Top 5 Songs of the Week [April 17 – 23]

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Top5SongsoftheWeek
Here is this week’s Top 5 Songs of the week.
Don’t forget to tune in every Monday at 4pm on CHUO 89.1FM
This week at #1 for the fifth and final week is Boyhood.
Drivin’ is taken from the upcoming album Bad Mantra
New debut this week from New Swears and single #3 from Land of Talk.
Note: () means last week and [] means total weeks.
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CO/NTRY – Cell Phone 1 [Review]

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Co/ntry is a Montreal band consisting of Beaver Sheppard and David Whitten and they are a staple in the indie Montreal scene and Pop Montreal.
Mostly because of the eccentric lead singer Beaver Sheppard, if you don’t notice him wearing whatever whacky costume in and around the city of Montreal.
In the times I’ve been to Pop Montreal (Attending about 8 years), I’ve only seen them once at a day show and it was a normal set because it was early and they seemed tired from the night before.

Anyways they released their second album called Cell Phone 1.
It is filled with crazy upbeat electro-pop new wave rock music.
Crazy at times with tracks like Second Life and Gold Standard.
While moody 1980s new wave dance vibe in Beyond Believe, Too Much and Living in a Body.
You can say Cell Phone 1 brings back the 1980s new wave sound!

Best tracks:

  • So Get a Baby
  • Cash Out
  • Too Much
  • Beyond Belief
  • Living in a Body

I’d give this album:
/10