You may not know Area Resident but you may know the name of the performer.
Doug Hempstead is currently on CBC Ottawa as a traffic reporter.
Delano is the second album and follow-up to the self-titled album which came out last year.
Mix of alternative rock with that 90s sound, experimental-rock, and country-rock.
Think of it as a mix of Camp Radio, Expanda Fuzz, Jim Bryson and Octoberman.
Part of the album has that Ottawa-esque vibe with tracks like Riverside, Lanark Double Soaker and MacDonald Park.
Great rocking album to listen to before 2017 ends!
Also Area Resident’s album to be on vinyl via The Record Centre Records.
- Pray for Wendell
- Show No One
- Living Like I’m Going Away
I’d give Delano:
You can call Chad VanGaalen crazy and quirky, but he sure puts out a fine record.
Light Information which is his sixth album on Subpop for the USA and Flemish Eye for Canada.
It follows the same formula from previous albums like Shrink Dust and Diaper Island with its lo-fi, glitchy and psychedelic pop rock music with lyrics that can masquerade as something dark.
Does it break any ground? I don’t know, Chad is Chad.
Light Information is listening through a journey of what the future brings us into this bleak and crazy world we are living.
- Mind Hijackers Curse
- Mystery Elements
- Old Heads
- Faces Lit
- Pine and Clover
I’d give Light Information:
2017, Adam Nanji, Album, Album Review, Alex Andrew, alternative, Andrea Lo, Arts and Crafts, band, Canada, Fear / Nothing, Group, indie, Katrina Jones, Music, Musicians, pop, The Belle Game, Vancouver
The Belle Game has been one of my favorite Canadian acts in recent years.
With their lovely indie pop rock music from their 2014’s debut Ritual Tradition Habit.
Now three years later they finally dropped the second album called Fear / Nothing and on the Arts & Crafts label.
Fear / Nothing is another change with the band with them ditching the pop rock vibe and more into the sonic synth pop vibe similar from Braids.
A more dark and maturing record.
This time they have it going for them!
- I Want Nothing
I’d give Fear / Nothing:
The dust has settled and taken a long time to process this.
When bands and artist go through an evolution, it can be either a good or bad thing.
Case in point with Arcade Fire on their fifth album Everything Now.
It’s a mix of disco-y dance alterna-pop music.
Is it a masterpiece from their first three albums?
Let’s not get too carried away.
While there were high expectations but to myself, it seemed more of a low expectation.
Not sure what they were trying to pull on Everything Now.
Wanting to make a so bad that it is a good record.
The only outstanding track is the lead title track which everyone hailed as a cross between ABBA and LCD Soundsystem.
Production wise is nice but vocal wise left my head scratching, is Win trying to distort his sound?
It is not one of those albums you would listen to but probably live it would sound better.
Fun album – yes!
Overall message on the album – Huh?
This made me want to go back and just listen to Funeral and Neon Bible.
Give it more time and maybe I will enjoy more!
- Everything Now
- Signs of Life
- Peter Pan
- Electric Blue
- Everything Now (Continued)
I’d give Everything Now:
Montreal Tops seems the be the most underrated band at the moment.
Having three albums under their belt through Arbutus Records.
Their recent being Sugar at the Gate which was recorded in California than in Montreal.
Sugar at the Gates is 10 tracks of moody laid-back 80s poppy rock vibe.
I felt like this album had a sadder tone lyrically since some of the songs had a break-up feel to it.
While their last album Picture You Staring had a mix up of upbeat and slowness of Pop music.
Since they don’t have a track similar to Outside where you want to do some dance and think Top Gun.
Sugar at the Gate is a stronger album with it’s output with their musicality and lyrics.
One of my favorite albums to get in a sunny dreamy mood.
- Dayglo Bimbo
- Cutlass Cruiser
- I Just Wanna Make You Real
I’d give Sugar at the Gate:
Ottawa musician and visual artist Hard Science has finally dropped the long awaited full-length album called Dreaming in Stereo.
The album was 9 years in the making and all the all blood, sweat and tears has come out.
Lots of great vocal collaborations from Theaterina and Olexandra from The Peptides.
It is a mix of DIY experimental Electro-Dance and 80s New Wave pop music.
Sometimes I felt like listening to background music to some video game.
Nice album to get on vinyl which you can get on analogkitchun records
- Dreaming in Stereo
- Summer’s Over, Autumn Begins
- Worthy Companion
- When Things Just Don’t Go Your Way
I’d give Dreaming in Stereo:
Finally, the wait is over!
Ottawa’s all female group Bonnie Doon has released their first full-length album called Dooner Nooner via The Record Centre Records.
Nine tracks filled with high energetic, angsty post-punk, surfy-rock and no wave music.
Most of the songs I’ve heard live like Sandy’s Song with the clapping part, catchy countdown on Now or Neverish and experimental craziness on Panty Twist with Aymara Alvarado Sanchez on saxophone.
Thank goodness this album couldn’t come out at a better time when everyone is getting ready for the summer.
Get this album and take it to the beach, poolside, park or wherever!!
- Pants and a Face
- High Noon
- Sandy’s Song
- Now or Neverish
- Panty Twister
I’d give Dooner Nooner: