Category: Albums

Alex Cameron’s imaginative and creepy ‘Forced Witness’ (album review)

Alex Cameron’s imaginative and creepy ‘Forced Witness’ (album review)

What would it be like to have a drink with Alex Cameron or even to spend a day with him? Would he be like one of the testosterone-filled characters he has created on his catchy, imaginative, albeit slightly creep new album, Forced Witness, or would he be the complete antithesis? Whatever the answer, there’s no questioning the creative brilliance of […]

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Sløtface’s extra exuberant debut ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ (album review)

Sløtface’s extra exuberant debut ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ (album review)

Try Not To Freak Out by SLØTFACE A powerhouse is emerging in Norway, and its name is Sløtface. While the band formed five years ago, these indie stars began to truly shine in the spring of 2016. That rise made them one of our artists to watch in 2017. This year, they’ve seen their popularity extend across Europe and slowly […]

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Lenore.’s harmonious self-titled debut album (album review)

Lenore.’s harmonious self-titled debut album (album review)

When considering some of the great harmonious folk/alt-folk bands today, the names Lucius, Joseph, and The Wild Reeds immediately spring to mind. Another name to add to this list is Lenore. Centered around the gorgeous vocals of Joy Pearson and Rebecca Marie Miller, the Portland, Oregon-based band’s debut album is a thing of beauty. Not exactly traditional folk, Lenore.’s music […]

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Midnight Sister bring the carnival to ‘Saturn Over Sunset’ (album review)

Midnight Sister bring the carnival to ‘Saturn Over Sunset’ (album review)

When two creative souls collide, the result may be conflict or spectacle. Midnight Sister‘s Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian seem to have avoided the former and landed, slap bang, in the theatrical middle ground of the latter. Drawing their inspiration from the mythology and landscapes of their homelands in the San Fernando Valley, they deliver character, circus, and carnival in […]

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Frightened Rabbit.

Frightened Rabbit present an early gift with ‘Recorded Songs’ (EP review)

Last summer, Frightened Rabbit were in the midst of a worldwide tour in support of their critically acclaimed album, Painting of A Panic Attack, which graced “Best Of” lists across the globe including our own. They were a band riding a massive wave of momentum. Their performance at Newport Folk Festival last year was one of the most talked about […]

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L.A. Witch get wicked on their self-titled debut album (album review)

L.A. Witch get wicked on their self-titled debut album (album review)

Is it some sort of magic to conjure a brand new song out of the air? To cast a spell over an audience that keeps them mesmerized from opening chords to the final, clamouring crescendo? Despite the name, L.A. Witch claim not to partake in any sort of witchcraft, though they do admit to their Los Angeles heritage. Yet their […]

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Chad VanGaalen hovers closer to home on the insightful ‘Light Information’ (album review)

Chad VanGaalen hovers closer to home on the insightful ‘Light Information’ (album review)

Chad VanGaalen is one of the most unique individuals and personalities in Canadian music. In this 16 years in the business, he has established himself as a Canadian institution. He does not have the fame or name recognition as Bieber, Rush, or Dion, but he’s one of the country’s most respected individuals. As a producer, he guided Alvvays on their […]

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Faith Healer resurrect the classics with ‘Try ;-)’ (album review)

Faith Healer resurrect the classics with ‘Try ;-)’ (album review)

Two years, Jessica Jalbert, under the moniker Faith Healer, released one of the best debut albums of 2015 with Cosmic Troubles, which was a dazzling psychedelic experience. The record, however, flew under the radar. This time around things should be different because her sophomore album, Try 😉, is the best record released by a Canadian this week, which is saying […]

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Zola Jesus’ bold, bleak, and beautiful ‘Okovi’ (album review)

Zola Jesus’ bold, bleak, and beautiful ‘Okovi’ (album review)

Okovi by Zola Jesus Already more than a decade into her career, 28-year old Nika Roza Danilova – aka Zola Jesus – has consistently delivered some of the most forceful and spectacularly dark albums. Her second record, Stridulum, is a modern-day masterpiece. Conatus was a bold step in creating languid, acoustic Goth dramas. Her 2014 LP, Taiga, was a departure, as she aimed […]

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Alvvays get nostalgic with ‘Antisocialites’ (album review)

Alvvays get nostalgic with ‘Antisocialites’ (album review)

Antisocialites by Alvvays When Alvvays‘ eponymous debut album arrived in July 2014, it represented the ideal summer record. The shimmering dream-pop heightened the optimism and hope that filled the record, and its individual songs (notably “Archie, Marry Me” and “Adult Diversion”) would define memories still to be written. Their sophomore LP similarly arrives at the perfect time. As summer fades, […]

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The National's new album, Sleep Well Beast, comes out Sept. 8.

First Impressions: The National – ‘Sleep Well Beast’ (album review)

The National are arguably one of the best studio bands making music these days. The Brooklyn-based indie band with a global appeal have been crafting their non-traditional rock sound for nearly 20 years, delivering genre-defining albums like Boxer (2007) and High Violet (2010). Now with their seventh studio LP, Sleep Well Beast, we examine where this “thinking person’s rock” band stands. Does this album […]

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LCD Soundsystem – ‘American Dream’ (album review)

LCD Soundsystem – ‘American Dream’ (album review)

Sometimes with an album review it’s difficult to properly convey the range of emotions that are expressed throughout a record. Not so with the newest, post-breakup album by seminal New York band LCD Soundsystem. Six years ago the band disappeared, and with that their sonically danceable music seemed to belong to the history books. They have since reunited for their […]

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INHEAVEN – ‘INHEAVEN’ (album review)

INHEAVEN – ‘INHEAVEN’ (album review)

On October 2015, INHEAVEN landed on Earth with the release of their debut single, “Regeneration”, and the South London quartet skyrocketed to become one of the UK’s buzziest bands. In the 23 months since, INHEAVEN have meticulously and methodically released singles while piling into their van and bringing their ’90s-inspired alternative rock to the people. The approach is old-school, but […]

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JOSEPH OF MERCURY – ‘JOSEPH OF MERCURY’ (EP review)

JOSEPH OF MERCURY – ‘JOSEPH OF MERCURY’ (EP review)

Every year, a few artists emerge on the scene who completely bowl people over with unforgettable voices and styles that simultaneously feel retro yet fresh. JOSEPH OF MERCURY, the moniker of Joseph W. Salusbury, is one such artist. The Toronto-based singer-songwriter is a throwback to a time when ballads were heartfelt stories and not just songs. Back to a time […]

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Blake Berglund – ‘Realms’ (album premiere)

Making music is tough. Selling music is even tougher, so when you hear of an artist who pounded the streets to sell his CDs door-to-door, you know you’ve found someone with a passion to share their sounds. Blake Berglund is just such an artist, using the opportunity to talk with people about music while bringing in money to move his […]

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Nadine Shah – ‘Holiday Destination’ (album review)

Nadine Shah – ‘Holiday Destination’ (album review)

Holiday Destination by Nadine Shah In her five-year career, Nadine Shah has established herself as one of music’s most gifted singer-songwriters. Her debut album, Love Your Dum and Mad, was a hard-charging, intelligent introduction. She followed that up with the more purposeful and brooding, Fast Food. Each record astutely conveyed hidden meanings, as Shah took the listener on a roller […]

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Widowspeak – ‘Expect the Best’ (album review)

Widowspeak – ‘Expect the Best’ (album review)

A pattern has emerged in Widowspeak‘s albums. Their self-titled debut was stripped back, deliciously haunting dream-folk – or what they characterize as cowboy grunge, dream country, or earthtone pop. Almanac saw Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas III aim higher, adopting a more widescreen approach to transform the dreamy music into an ethereal experience. Their 2015 full-length, the engrossing All […]

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Gordi – ‘Reservoir’ (album review)

Gordi – ‘Reservoir’ (album review)

Reservoir by Gordi The past 24 months have been a whirlwind for Sophie Payten, who goes by the alias Gordi. She rocketed to Triple-J fame with her cover of Courtney Barnett’s hit, “Avant Gardener”, and her debut EP, Clever Disguise, was a critical darling. She toured internationally solo and occasionally as part of Justin Vernon’s/Bon Iver’s band. Within this busy […]

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First Impressions: The War on Drugs – ‘A Deeper Understanding’ (album review)

First Impressions: The War on Drugs – ‘A Deeper Understanding’ (album review)

Only a handful of artists and bands have a pristine discography. Few groups consistently produce albums that are instant classics. The list is short – The National, TV On The Radio, PJ Harvey, and Kurt Vile are some examples – with no Radiohead, Arcade Fire, or Pearl Jam to be found. Another band worthy of this exclusive list is The War […]

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Nicole Atkins – ‘Goodnight Rhonda Lee’ (Album Review)

Nicole Atkins – ‘Goodnight Rhonda Lee’ (Album Review)

Nicole Atkins has been one of the most consistent sources of great music over the last ten years. Her debut record, Neptune City, was a noir-pop masterpiece, and it was followed by three more great records. On her last LP, Slow Phaser, Atkins freed herself from big label obligation and did it on her own, with a little help from […]

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