It’s been a year since Ottawa’s Telecomo came out in the scene with their EP “Promo EP”.
Here is a description of the band:
Telecomo is a new three-piece garage rock outfit from Canada.
The group is high energy and the music is earnest.
Each song comes in quick bursts and with a beguiling melodic depth.
Trading metaphors for direct action, Adam Saikaley (Vocals, Guitar) brings a message of sincerity. Backed by longtime friends and collaborators Pat Johnson (Drums) and Gary Franks (Bass), Telecomo is succinct and eager.
Those that weren’t aware, the album was recorded, mastered and mixed by Jonathan Schenke.
He has worked with such acts like Parquet Courts, The Drums, Liturgy, PC Worship, The Men, Dirty Beaches, Frankie Rose and Girl Talk.
Which can explain it has that New York City gritty garage rock vibe to it.
10 tracks (3 from Promo EP got re-recorded) of high energetic garage-grungey rock music with some raw intense lyrics.
Gets you into a rocking dancing mood during the summer time.
- Long Gone
- I Met You
- No Answer
I’d give For Sale:
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:
While trying to find whatever music to play on my radio show.
I accidentally found this artist on this site and when I listened to this album.
I was blown away by the music!
This is the British artist Kelly Lee Owens with her self-titled debut album.
Heare is the details:
“An album that bridges the gaps between cavernous techno, spectral pop, and krautrock’s mechanical pulse, the 27 year old Londoner has made a debut album brimming with exploratory wonder, establishing a personal aesthetic that is as beguiling as it is thrillingly familiar.”
With the popularity of EDM from the likes of The xx, Austra and Grimes.
This album is a mix of dreamy electronic sounds to hard-pulse electronic dance beats.
The standout track is Anxi which features Jenny Hval.
I call her the British version of Jessy Lanza, Caribou, Blue Hawaii and Austra mixed into one!
This one of the surprising albums to check out in 2017!
- Anxi feat. Jenny Hval
- Throwing Lines
- Keep Walking
I’d give this album:
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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.
- Do What The Bass Says (feat. Clairmont The Second)
- Only Breathing
- Maybe There’ll Be Lightness
I’d give this album:
Reminder playing this Saturday at Black Squirrel Books.
Details are on here.
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!
- So Get a Baby
- Cash Out
- Too Much
- Beyond Belief
- Living in a Body
I’d give this album:
So 2017 has started with a big bang with the release of The xx‘s third album called I See You.
I have to say this is a step up from their last album Coexist which felt minimal, spacious and cold.
I See You is the exact opposite which is more upbeat, vibrant and sample driven.
Probably due to Jamie xx who went on his own with 2015’s In Colour (My favorite album that he has produced).
You can tell that parts of In Colour seeped in I See You.
While they can’t achieve the overwhelming success from their debut xx.
This is a great welcome back for the band.
- Say Something Loving
- A Violent Noise
- Brave For You
- On Hold
- I Dare You
I’d give I See You:
/10 Camera flashes!
I was enthralled by Khodara when I first heard the leading single Billie from the EP of the same name which drops on March 17, 2017.
For those not familiar, she is from New York City and has one EP under her belt that was released in 2016 called Where’s Your Love.
On Billie, the songs are a range from soulful pop to retro 80s new wave pop sound.
She has the vocals of Cults’ Madeline Follin, Lykke Li, Madonna and Phantogram all into one!
She is one of those musicians that makes you really enjoy the music than what is being played on the radio.
I’d give Billie:
/10 Camera flashes!